posted on April 20, 2010 15:07
New York State’s proposed Farm Labor Bill, known by many as the Farm Death Bill, is no more.
Bill Number 2247 was voted down 6 to 3 in the Senate Agriculture Committee. That vote prevents the legislation from moving to another committee or onto the senate floor for a vote.
Senator Mike Ranzenhofer, whose district includes Genesee County, is a member on the Senate Agriculture Committee.
He says he is overjoyed that the Farm Death Bill was voted down.
According to a release from Ranzenhofer’s office, the Farm Labor Bill would have imposed 200-million dollars in mandates on New York’s farms by granting collective bargaining agreements and overtime pay to farm workers. Ranzenhofer says that added cost would have put many of Genesee County’s farms out of business.