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NEW YORK PASSES BILL BARRING USE OF GLYPHOSATE ON STATE PROPERTY
CropLife America reports:

On December 23, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law S.6502A/A.732B, which would prohibit the application of glyphosate-based herbicides on New York state-owned property. The law takes effect on December 31, 2021.

Governor Cuomo's signature was accompanied by a chapter amendment, which will require the bill's sponsors to introduce legislation in the current session with the amendments required by the Governor's office. The chapter amendment provides qualifications for exceptions to the law.

Based on discussions with state officials, we are under the impression that state leased ag and forestry lands are not subject to the prohibition based on their separate lease agreements.

We worked closely with CLA and RISE members, along with our local coalition and others to express our concerns and opposition to the bill. While we were disappointed to see the bill signed into law based on the public and private testimony against the bill and comments made during the Governor's veto message on S. 2156-A

in 2019, we are glad exceptions are planned to be made via chapter amendment.


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