Legislature(2003 - 2004)

05/03/2004 09:06 AM FIN

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     CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 282(RES)                                                                                            
     "An Act relating to the identification of finfish in food                                                                  
     products and to the misbranding of food products consisting of                                                             
     or containing finfish."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
This was  the second  hearing for  this bill in  the Senate  Finance                                                            
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken  stated  this bill,  sponsored  by  Senator  Elton,                                                            
"requires restaurants  to state on  its menu whether the  fish it is                                                            
serving is wild or farmed fish."                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green   asked  if  restaurants  would  always   know  fish                                                            
origination information.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PAULA  CADIENTE,  Staff  to  Senator Elton,  replied  that  she  was                                                            
unsure.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
KRISTIN   RYAN,  Director,   Division   of   Environmental   Health,                                                            
Department of Environmental  Conservation, testified that of the 665                                                            
establishments  the  Division regulates,  approximately  33  percent                                                            
would not  have that information  readily  available. She  estimated                                                            
that  10   percent  would   require  enforcement   actions   due  to                                                            
unwillingness to comply.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson  offered  a  motion  to  report  CS  282  (RES)  from                                                            
Committee with  individual recommendations  and accompanying  fiscal                                                            
notes.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
There was  no objection and  SB 282 MOVED  from Committee with  zero                                                            
fiscal note #1  from the Department of Law, and $77,200  fiscal note                                                            
#2 from the Department of Environmental Conservation.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                

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