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A07696 Summary:

BILL NOA07696
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07122
 
SPONSORBarrett
 
COSPNSRBarron, Cusick
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §1902, Pub Auth L
 
Prohibits development of build-ready sites on viable agricultural land.
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A07696 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7696
 
SPONSOR: Barrett
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to prohibiting development of build-ready sites on viable agricultural land   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation prohibits the development of viable agricultural land by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSER- DA) as part of the build-ready program. As administrator of the build- ready program, NYSERDA is authorized to acquire rights and development interests to parcels of land that are deemed suitable for the develop- ment of major renewable energy facilities. After getting the site "build-ready", NYSERDA transfers the rights to the site to a developer for facility construction. This bill clarifies that viable agricultural land is not to be found suitable for the development of a build-ready site.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 - Amends paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdivision 1 of section 1902 of the Public Authorities Law to prohibit development by NYSERDA of viable agricultural land under the build-ready program. Section 2 - Effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Agriculture, and by extension, farmland, is an essential part of our economy and our culture in New York State. Unfortunately, many of our farms and much of our viable agricultural land, including small and mid-size family farms, is at risk of development. Legislation such as this will help to ensure that our world class farmland is preserved and local sources of nutritious food are protected for future generations.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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