PIJAC

2019-2020 Legislative Overview - New York

225 pet industry-related issues were proposed in the 2019-2020 legislative session, 77 of which were designated as priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

 

2019-2020 (ADJOURNED ON 12/31/2020)

 

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

AB 25

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 216/SB 3828

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.

ENACTED

AB 225/SB 408

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

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 277

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 381 (Task Force on Animal Laws) to establish a task force on animal laws and to provide for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 342/SB 3867

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 351/SB 3830

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 682/SB 438

An Act prohibiting the possession and transport of "priority species" at airports and port facilities owned or operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 702

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 723/SB 7924

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 931/SB 4288

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

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 987/SB 2007

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 998/SB 3078

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1025/SB 239

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1090/SB 2602

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1098

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

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1113/SB 3414

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1157/SB 387

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1224

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

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1880/SB7066

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1960

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2616

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

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2976

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

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 3778

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

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 3784

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

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 3816

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4077/SB 8750

Amends Article 11 (Fish & Wildlife), Title 5 (Taking of Fish & Wildlife; Prohibitions), Section 11-0535 (Endangered and Threatened Species) of NY Environmental Conservation Law in relation to the removal of species from the endangered and threatened species list.

ENACTED

AB 4245/SB 3411

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4517/SB 1449

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4913/SB 1526

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 5366

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 381 to create an Animal Abuser Central Registry.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6255/SB 2627

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6298/SB 4234

Amends Article 35-D (Sale of Dogs and Cats), Section 752 (Definitions) and Section 753 (Sale of Animal) of NY General Business Law to define "retail pet shop" and to prohibit the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits by retail pet shops.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6299/SB 593

Amends Article 35-D (Sale of Dogs and Cats), Section 752 (Definitions) and Section 753 (Sale of Animal) of NY General Business Law to define "retail pet shop" and to prohibit the retail sale of dogs and cats by retail pet shops.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 6601/SB 4802

Amends Article 7 (Licensing, Identification & Control of Dogs), Section 124 (Powers of Commissioner) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law to require the Commissioner of Agriculture & Markets to identify and develop standards for therapy dogs.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 802

AB 6905

Amends Article 28 (Sales & Compensating Use Taxes) of NY Tax Law by creating a new Section 1113 (Imposition of tax; plastic and paper shopping bags) to impose a tax of 5 cents upon plastic and paper shopping bags used to transport every sale of tangible personal property by consumers.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 7363/SB 5185

Amends Article 27 (Collection, Treatment and Disposal of Refuse and Other Solid Waste), Title 28 (Bag Waste Reduction) of NY Environmental Conservation Law - as added by SB 1508/AB 2008 (NY State Budget Bill) - to amend the definition of "Exempt bag".

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 7876

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

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 8830/SB 6769

"Bryon's Law" amends Article 26-A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers), Section 402 (Records of Purchase and Sale) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law and Title 17 (Health), Chapter 17 (Pet Shops), Section 1704 (Pet Shops) of New York City Administrative Code to require pet dealers and pet shops to provide certain breeder and health information to purchasers of animals.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 8837

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 353-g to restrict individuals from owning a companion animal after being convicted of certain crimes involving animals.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 9734

Amends Article 5 (Department of Law) of NY Executive Law by adding a new Section 63-e (Animal Abuse Hotline) to establish a state animal abuse hotline.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 10405

Amends Article (Obligations to Make Compensation or Restitution), Title 1 (Compensation) of NY General Obligations Law by adding a new Section 1108 (Compensation for injury or death of a companion animal) to provide for compensation to an owner for the unjustifiable injury or death of a companion animal.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

AB 11144

Amends: 1) Article 11 (Fish & Wildlife), Title 17 (Importation of Fish, Wildlife and Game from Outside the State) of NY Environmental Conservation Law by adding a new Section 1710 (Prohibited Import of Wildlife and Fish); and 2) NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Article 22-A (Live Animal Markets) to prohibit certain wildlife and fish from being imported into the State.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 2009

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 IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 5196

Amends Article 11 (Fish & Wildlife), Title 5 (Taking of Fish & Wildlife; Prohibitions), Section 11-0535 (Endangered and Threatened Species) of NY Environmental Conservation Law in relation to the removal of species from the endangered and threatened species list.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 6750

The "NY Plastic Free Act" amends Article 27 (Collection, Treatment and Disposal of Refuse and other Solid Waste) of NY Environmental Conservation Law by adding a new Title 30 (NY Plastic Free Act) to ban the purchase of certain single-use plastics.

DIED IN COMMITTEEON ADJOURNMENT

SB 8029

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Chapter 26-C (Regulation of Animal Shelters) and Article 35-D (Sale of Dogs and Cats) of NY General Business Law to establish standards for the care of dogs and cats in animal shelters and to provide for an animal shelter licensure requirement.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 8248

Amends Article 22 (Personal Income Tax), Part 1 (General), Section 606 (Credits Against Tax) of NY Tax Law to establish a tax credit for essential retail employees during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

 

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