A35 is sponsored by A/M Paulin, representing a district in Westchester. The bill was introduced on 1/4, referred to Agriculture and hasn’t moved since.
Currently, certain kinds of agricultural land is protected: you can’t convert it to a different status without triggering penalties. An exception is made under current law for oil, natural gas and wind power development. This bill broadens that exception to include solar power.
This bill seems like a definite YES to me. Straightforward amendation of prior legislation to keep up with the times. Not much to worry about in terms of market distortion; just fixes a bias in the legislation. More people should co-sponsor this bill.