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Job Impact Statement - Part 575 Prohibited and Regulated Invasive Species

1. Nature of impact: At the outset, compliance with the proposed rule will result in a reduction in the sale of certain listed invasive species. In fact, that is the intention of the proposed regulations. With the reduced sales there may be a reduction in income for businesses selling invasive species, and this may negatively impact jobs at such businesses. However, it is anticipated that by providing grace periods for the management of existing stock of prohibited species, and allowing the sale of certain regulated species subject to conditions, negative impacts to income will be minimized and impacts on jobs will likewise be minimal. It is also anticipated that the sales of alternative, non-invasive, species will increase, which will also act to counter any negative impacts to jobs.

2. Categories and numbers affected: There are approximately 9,000 licensed nursery growers/dealers in New York State that could, depending on the species they sell, be impacted by the proposed rule. Additionally, there are an unknown number of unlicensed pet dealers that may be impacted by the proposed rule if they sell prohibited or regulated invasive species. Unlicensed pet dealers are those that deal in pets other than cats or dogs.

3. Regions of adverse impact: There are no regions in the State where this rule making will have a disproportionate adverse impact on jobs or employment opportunities.

4. Minimizing adverse impact: Costs to industry may be offset for the nursery industry by continuing to allow the sale of certain regulated species with conditions attached. Furthermore, the proposed regulations reduce costs by providing for grace periods for certain identified prohibited invasive species. As described above, the regulation specifically provides for a grace period until September 1, 2015 to possess, sell, trade and market Eurasian boars, which will allow current operators of Eurasian boar shooting preserves to recover their initial investments. Similarly, the regulation provides for a one year grace period for the possession, sale, purchase, transportation or introduction of the Japanese Barberry following the effective date of this Part. This provision provides the regulated community time to sell existing stocks, and the ability to transition to alternatives. In this regard, costs may also be offset by offering alternatives to invasive species. Moreover, new businesses promoting commerce in non-invasive and native species may start up.