Bill Text: NY S06084 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Expands the definition of invasive species to include such species or pest organisms that are considered an infestation.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2018-01-03 - REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION [S06084 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-S06084-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                      May 11, 2017
        Introduced  by  Sen.  SERINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
        AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to inva-
          sive species
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  10  of  section  9-1703 of the environmental
     2  conservation law, as added by chapter  674  of  the  laws  of  2007,  is
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    10. "Invasive species" means a species that is:
     5    (a) nonnative to the ecosystem under consideration; and
     6    (b)  whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or envi-
     7  ronmental harm or harm to human health. For the purposes of  this  para-
     8  graph, the harm must significantly outweigh any benefits; or
     9    (c) present in numbers that such species or pest organisms are consid-
    10  ered  an  infestation  and  large  enough to be harmful, threatening, or
    11  obnoxious to native plants,  animals,  or  human  health.  These  should
    12  include,  but  not  be limited to, infestations related to the prolifer-
    13  ation of vector-borne diseases such as Lyme and tick-borne diseases  and
    14  the West Nile virus.
    15    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.