PIJAC

2021 Legislative Overview - New York

179 pet industry-related issues were proposed in the 1st year of the 2021-22 legislative session, 61 of which were designated as priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

 

2021 (ADJOURNED ON 6/10/2020)

 

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

AB 135/SB 5688

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 162

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 173

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).

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 185/SB 3230

Amends: 1) Article 28 (Sales and Compensating Use Taxes), Part 2 (Imposition of Taxes) of NY Tax Law by adding a new Section 1105-d to impose a fee of 5 cents on single use carryout bags.; and 2) Article 27 (Collection, Treatment and Disposal of Refuse and Other Solid Waste), Title 27 (Single Use Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse & Recycling) of NY Environmental Conservation Law by adding a new Section 2706 to prohibit the distribution of single use plastic carryout bags by retailers.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 524/SB 1257

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 549/SB 1000

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 721

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

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 776/SB 2273

"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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 805

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 1549/SB 5156

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 1783

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

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 1903/SB 3835

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 2024

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 2054/SB 6047

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 2244/SB 808

Amends Article 19 (Minimum Wage Act), Section 651 (Definitions) of NY Labor Law by adding a new subdivision to provide minimum wage requirements and a definition for "miscellaneous industry workers" (includes dog groomers).

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 2347/SB 227

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 2601/SB 4912

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 3444

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 3711

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

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 3732

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 3892

"Byron'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.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR

AB 4023

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 4075/SB 4254

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 4283/SB 1130

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 4609

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 382 to establish animals as sentient beings.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 4611

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 382 to prohibit the shipment of certain live animals by postal mail.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 5315/SB 3525

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 5642

Amends Article 17 (Instruction in certain subjects), Section 809 (Instruction in the humane treatment of animals) of NY Education Law regarding classroom instruction in the humane treatment of animals.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 5779/SB 6027

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 6107/SB 1148

Amends Article 7 (Licensing, Control & Identification of Dogs) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 113-a (Obedience Training) to require the Commissioner of Agriculture & Markets to establish licensing and educational standards for individuals providing canine training for non-service and non-police dogs.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 6246/SB 6870

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 6354/SB 1528

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".

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 6560/SB 6084

Amends Title 8 (Professions), Article 135 (Veterinary Medicine & Animal Health Technology), Section 6714 (Treatment Records) of NY Education Law and Article 26-A (Care of Animals by Pet Dealers), Section 405 (Inspection of Pet Dealers) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law in relation to: 1) Disclosure of the cause of death of certain companion animals; and 2) Authorizing the inspection of pet dealers' facilities upon certain deaths of companion animals.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 7136

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 7522

Amends Article 35-D (Sale of Dogs and Cats) of NY General Business Law by adding a new Section 753-f (Retail Pet Shop Animal Sourcing) to provide that retail pet shops shall only source animals for sale from USDA licensed class A breeders and class B brokers.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AB 8118

Amends Article 35-D (Sale of Dogs and Cats), Section 753-f (Sale of dogs, cats and rabbits prohibited) of NY General Business Law to require retail pet shops to provide information to the Department of Agriculture & Markets relating to where the shop received each animal and how much the shop paid for each animal.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

AR 279

An Assembly Resolution memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2021 as "Be Kind to Animals Month" in the State of New York.

ADOPTED

SB 1101

Amends Article 7 (Licensing, Identification & Control of Dogs) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 123-C (Disclosure of Dog Bites) to require animal shelters and animal rescue groups to disclose whether a dog has bitten a person and broken the person's skin.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

SB 1259

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".

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

SB 1360

Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 382 (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-II (Animal shelter and wildlife rehabilitator account).

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

ORD 2021001

Proposed Local Law establishing the Rensselaer County, NY Animal Abuse Registration Act which would provide an online registry for individuals who are convicted of animal abuse and neglect crimes.

PENDING IN COUNTY LEGISLATURE

ORD 2021001

A proposed Local Law would establish a county-wide Animal Abuse Registry in Greene County, NY.

PENDING IN COUNTY LEGISLATURE

 

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