PIJAC

2018 Legislative Session Overview - New York

The New York General Assembly adjourned its 2017-18 legislative session on June 20, 2018.

271 pet industry-related issues were introduced, 100 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

AB 72/SB 6784

Amends Article 26-A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers), Section 401 (Minimum Standards of Animal Care) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to further provide for standards relating to the care of animals by pet dealers.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 284/SB 5146

Amends NY General Business Law by adding a new Article 29-CCC (Licensing & Regulation of Pet Groomers) to provide for the licensing and regulation of pet groomers.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 317/SB 2558

Amends NY Executive Law relating to the creation of a crime database of all convictions in New York state of animal cruelty, fighting, neglect, abandonment and mistreatment.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 435/SB 3687

Amends Article 26A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law creating a new Section 407 (Fire protection requirements for pet stores) providing that all pet dealers shall provide fire protection measures for every premises at which the dealer houses animals.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 465/SB 5556

Amends Article 26-A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers), Section 400 (Definitions) and Article 35-D (Sale of Dogs and Cats), Section 752 (Definitions) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to change the definition of pet dealer.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 554

Amends Article 26-A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers), Sections 400 (Definitions), 401 (Minimum Standards of Care), 402 (Records of Purchase and Sale), 403 (Licenses), 404 (License Refusal, Suspension, Revocation), and 405 (Inspection of Pet Dealers) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law in relation to the care of animals by pet dealers.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1279/SB 2557

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 380 to establish a task force to study how to improve investigations of animal abuse and enforcement of anti-animal abuse laws.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1594/SB 1878

Amends Article 11 (Miscellaneous), Section 223 (Prohibition against discrimination) of NY Public Housing Law and Article 7 (Landlord Tenant), Section 238 (Agreements or Contracts) of NY Real Property Law by adding a new section prohibiting discrimination against persons who own certain dogs.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1839/SB 4570

Amends Article 7 (Licensing, Identification & Control of Dogs) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding new Sections 111-a and 111-b to provide standards for and registration of microchips.

ENACTED

AB 2146/SB 3058

Amends NY Environmental Conservation Law to enact the "Monk Parakeet Protection Act".

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2357

Amends NY Insurance Law by adding a new Article 42-A to regulate the issuance of insurance policies covering veterinary expenses.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2982/SB 8221

Amends Article 26-A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers), Section 403 (Licenses) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law limiting licensing only to pet dealers which sell animals obtained from shelters and rescue organizations.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 3464

Amends Article 34 (Insurance Contracts-Property/Casualty) of NY Insurance Law by adding a new Section 3421 (Homeowner's Liability Insurance; Dogs) to prohibit insurers from refusing to issue or renew, canceling, or charging or imposing an increased premium for homeowners' insurance policies based solely on the breed of dog owned.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 3497

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 380 creating the Animal Abuser Central Registry.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 3678

Amends Article 11 (Fish & Wildlife), Title 1 (Definitions) of NY Environmental Conservation Law to exclude certain animals from the definition of wildlife.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 3713/SB 2468

Amends Article 26 (Animals), of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 353-g to establish an animal abuser statewide registry.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4114/SB 3089

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 380 (Animal sale surcharge) which establishes a 12% surcharge on the sale of animals by pet dealers.  Also amends Article 6 (Funds of the State) of NY State Finance Law by adding a new Section 99-z (Animal shelter and wildlife rehabilitator account).

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4225/SB 2075

Amends Article 34 (Insurance Contracts-Property/Casualty) of NY Insurance Law by adding a new Section 3421 (Homeowners' liability insurance; dogs) which would prohibit insurers from canceling, refusing to issue or renew, or charging higher premiums for homeowners' insurance based on the breed of dog owned.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4731/SB 1485

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 380 to create an Animal Abuser Central Registry.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4749

Amends Article 11 (Obligations to make compensation or restitution) of NY General Obligations Law by adding a new section 11-108 (Wrongful injury or death of a companion animal) to provide for recovery of "non-economic" damages.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4847

Amends Article 26-A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers), Section 400 (Definitions) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law and Article 35D (Sale of Dogs and Cats), Section 752 (Definitions) of NY General Business Law in relation to the definition of "pet dealer".

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4975

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 374-a to require certain animal shelters to prepare annual reports on the number of intakes and dispositions.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 5070

Amends NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Article 26-C to establish the Animal Abuser Registration Act.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 5098

Amends NY General Business Law by adding a new Article 29-CCC to provide for the certification and regulation of pet groomers.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6034

Amends Article 13 (Marine and Coastal Resources) of NY Environmental Conservation Law by adding a new Title 9 to establish the Marine Life Protection Task Force.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6378

Amends Article 28 (Sales & Compensating Use Taxes), Part 2 (Imposition of Taxes) of NY Tax Law by adding a new Section 1113 to impose a 5-cent tax on plastic and paper shopping bags used to transport every sale of tangible personal property by consumers.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6646/SB 5478

Amends Article 26-A (Care of animals by pet dealers), Section 401 (Minimum standards of animal care) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to set standards for the care of breeding dogs and their puppies.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6735/SB 144

Amends Article 7 (Licensing, Identification of Dogs), Section 113 (Dog Control Officers) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 113-a requiring the Commissioner of Agriculture & Markets to establish, by rule, licensing and educational standards for individuals providing basic obedience courses for non-service and non-police dogs.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6748

Amends Article 28 (Sales & Compensating Use Taxes), Section 1115 (Exemptions from Sales & Use Taxes) of NY Tax Law to add pet food to the list of products exempt from sales tax.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6938/SB 2501

Amends Article 26 (Animals), Section 353-a (Aggravated cruelty to animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to prohibit a person convicted of violating "Buster's Law" from owning or possessing a companion animal.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6979/SB 1902

Amends Article 35-D (Sale of Dogs and Cats), Section 753 (Sale of Animal) of NY General Business Law in relation to the time period for designating a dog or cat unfit for purchase due to illness.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 7195/SB 5599

Amends Article 26-A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers), Section 400 (Definitions) and Article 35-D (Sale of Dogs and Cats), Section 752 (Definitions) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to exempt certain entities from the definition of pet dealer.

ENACTED

AB 7329/SB 6209

Amends NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Article 26-C (Care of Animals by Breeders) to provide for the registration and regulation of dog and cat breeders.  Also amends Article 26-A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers), Section 401 (Minimum Standards of Animal Care) to provide that pet dealers shall only sell pets obtained from licensed breeders pursuant to the new Article 26-C.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 7739/SB 7660

Amends the Environmental Conservation Law by adding a new section in Title 9 entitled Toxic Chemicals in Pet Products.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 8089/SB 841

Amends Article 26 (Animals), Section 353-b (Appropriate shelter for dogs left outdoors) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to make the failure to provide food, water or appropriate shelter to a companion animal left outside a felony.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 8142/SB 904

Amends Article 26 (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a definition for "Residential Breeder" and a new Article 26-C (Minimum Requirements for Residential Breeders).

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 8366/SB 6084

Amends Title 17 (NY Invasive Species Council), Section 1703 (Definitions) of NY Environmental Conservation Law to expand the definition of invasive species to include such species or pest organisms that are considered an infestation.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 8526/SB 8105

Amends Article 35-D (Sale of Dogs & Cats) of NY General Business Law by adding a new Section 753-e (Requirement of Rescue Status for Certain Sales) to require that dogs, cats and rabbits sold by certain pet dealers be rescue animals.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 8638

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 353-g which would allow for the appointment of a special advocate to represent the interests of justice in a court proceeding involving the welfare of an animal.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 8951/SB 7317

Amends Article 7 (Licensing, Identification & Control of Dogs), Section 111-a (Microchipping Standards) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to further provide for the microchipping standards enacted in 2017 (AB 1839).

ENACTED

AB 9701

Amends NY Judiciary Law by adding a new Article 22-B (Special Advocates for Animal Welfare Program) which would allow for the appointment of a special advocate to represent the interests of justice in a court proceeding involving the welfare of an animal.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 9946/SB 7711

Amends Article 35-D (Sale of Dogs and Cats), Section 752 (Definitions) and Section 753 (Sale of Animal) of NY General Business Law to amend the definition of "pet dealer" and to add a new section requiring dogs and cats sold by pet dealers to be rescue animals.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 10049/SB 4273

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 352 (Public Animal Cruelty Register) for persons convicted of violating "Buster's Law".

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 10082/SB 7415

Amends Article 35D (Sale of Dogs and Cats) of NY General Business Law by adding a new Section 753-e to prohibit certain contracts for the purchase of a dog or cat.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 10234/SB 1141

Amends Article 26 (Animals), Section 373 (Seizure of animals lost, strayed, homeless, abandoned or improperly confined or kept) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law relating to the seizure of animals.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 11070/SB 8724

Amends the Consolidated Laws of NY by repealing certain animal cruelty provisions and penalties of Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law and recodifying/consolidating them into a new section of NY Penal Law to be known as Title Q, Article 280 (Offenses Against Animals).

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

AR 578

Assembly Resolution memorializing Governor Cuomo to proclaim September 16, 2017 as Puppy Mill Awareness Day in New York.

ADOPTED

AR 1321

Assembly Resolution memorializing Governor Cuomo to proclaim Saturday, September 15, 2018 as Puppy Mill Awareness Day in the State of New York.

ADOPTED

SB 84

Amends Article 34 (Insurance Contracts-Property/Casualty) of NY Insurance Law by adding a new Section 3421 (Homeowner's Liability Insurance; Dogs) to prohibit insurers from refusing to issue or renew, canceling, or charging or imposing an increased premium for homeowners' insurance policies based solely on the breed of dog owned.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 276

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 352 (Travelling Exotic and Wild Animal Protection Act) to restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 302

Amends Article 26A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers), Section 405 (Inspection of Pet Dealers) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to provide for more frequent inspections of pet dealers which have been charged with or convicted of violations relating to cats and dogs.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 605

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 352 (Public Animal Cruelty Register) which provides that the Division of Criminal Justice Services shall maintain a public animal cruelty registry in print and in electronic form and shall be available to the public as well as all law enforcement entities, district attorneys, duly incorporated humane societies, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, dog or cat protective associations, animal control officers, breeders of animals, animal rescues and pet stores doing business in this state.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 613

Amends Article 26-A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers), Section 401 (Minimum Standards of Animal Care) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to further provide for standards relating to the care of animals by pet dealers.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 1489

Amends Title 17 (Health), Chapter 3 (Licenses & Permits) of NY City Administrative Code to establish the "Pygmy Pig Regulation Law".

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 1504

Amends Article 2 (Department of Health), Section 206 (Commissioner; General Powers & Duties) of NY Public Health Law by adding a new subdivision directing the Commissioner of Health to promulgate necessary rules and regulations permitting municipalities to allow pygmy pigs as pets.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 1557

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 380 to establish a 5% surcharge on the sale of animals by pet dealers.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 1569

Amends NY General Business Law by adding a new Article 29-CCC (Licensing & Regulation of Pet Groomers and Pet Grooming Facilities) to provide for the licensing and regulation of pet groomers and pet grooming facilities.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 4038

Amends Article 26 (Animals), Section 353-a (Aggravated cruelty to animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to limit ownership or possession of companion animals by persons convicted of "Buster's Law".

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 4896

Amends Article 7 (Licensing, Control & Identification of Dogs), Section 109 (Licensing of dogs required) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to require all dogs and their owners to successfully complete obedience training.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 4938

Amends Article 5 (Assistance & Care) of NY Social Services Law by adding a new Section 131-y (Assistance for guide dogs; hearing dogs and service dogs) regarding State assistance for food and vet expenses for guide dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs of individuals qualifying for social services.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 5834

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 374-a (Animal Shelter Annual Reports) to require certain animal shelters to prepare annual reports on the number of animal intakes and dispositions.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 7025

Amends Article 35D (Sale of Dogs and Cats), Section 753 (Sale of Animal) of NY General Business Law to regulate the sale of animals by adding a new subsection:  1) Limiting the number of animals a breeder can breed or sell; and 2) Mandating that pet dealers that are not breeders sell animals obtained from certain animal cruelty organizations.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 8722

"Max's Law" amends Article 11 (Obligations to Make Compensation or Restitution), Title 1 (Compensation) of NY General Obligations Law by adding a new Section 11-108 (Wrongful Death of a Companion Animal) to establish a tort cause of action for the wrongful death of a companion animal and to provide for compensatory and punitive damages.

DIED ON ADJOURNMENT

ORD 2016013

Proposed Local Law No. 14 would amend the Ulster County, NY Code of Ordinances to: 1) provide for the regulation of pet sellers, pet dealers and breeders; and 2) institute a mandate to check the Ulster County Animal Abuser Registry prior to sale.

ADOPTED

ORD 2017001

Local Law B amends the County Code of Onondaga County, NY to establish an animal abuser registry and to prohibit animal ownership by animal abuse offenders within the County.

ADOPTED

ORD 2017002

Local Law No. 5 (Res. No. 365) amends Chapter 243 (Dogs and Other Animals) of Broome County, NY Code by adding a new Article III ("The Broome County Animal Abuser Registry Law").

ADOPTED

ORD 2018001

Introductory Resolution No. 1538-2018 proposes a Local Law to amend Chapter 299 (Animals), Article VIII (Pet Dealers and Pet Stores) of Suffolk County, NY Code to strengthen the regulation of pet dealers in the county.

PENDING

ORD 2018002

Proposed Local Law (No. 4-18) to amend Chautauqua County, NY Code by establishing an Animal Abuse Registry.

ADOPTED

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