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A P R I L 2 6, 2 0 1 2 - NEWS ALERT
NYS Invasive Species Bill (A9422) Passes Assembly
Law will grant authority to DEC to develop regulations to prohibit the spread and introduction of invasives species
Thank you to assembly members Robert Sweeney and Teresa Sayward!
A new invasive species bill introduced by NYS assembly members Sweeney and Sayward has passed the assembly and has been forwarded on to the state senate. As of this morning, the legislation has cleared the senate's Environmental Conservation Committee, and is headed to the senate floor.
YAHOO!!!! This is great news for Lake George. (And for ALL of New York's waterbodies!!!)
This law authorizes the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to establish a list of invasive species that will be prohibited from being sold, transported, and introduced in New York State.
LGA Executive Director Walt Lender testified in support of invasive species legislation before an assembly committee hearing last September. The LGA then issued memorandums of support for Assembly Bill 9422, and Senate Bill 6826, introduced by Sen. Betty Little. The LGA also prepared a special section on invasive species for the Legislative Gazette, which was published last week.
“Invasive species can present devastating threats to the ecology of New York, and to its recreational and economic health,” said NYS Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, the co-prime sponsor of the bill. “We need to do all we can to control existing invasives from spreading, and new invasives from being introduced,” she continued.
To everyone who contacted state representatives on behalf of this bill, AND to all the advertisers who supported the Legislative Gazette Special Section, our heartfelt THANKS!
As a nation, we spend an unbelievable $167 BILLION each year to address only the economic impact of invasive species.
This law would enable the DEC to develop a system that would contain two lists: one of prohibited species, and a second of regulated species. In addition, a permit would be required for prohibited species disposal, control, research and education.
Many of our neighboring states throughout New England have already established laws of this kind, including Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
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