New York Legislative Overview – 2022 Session

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(Adjourned June 3, 2022)

192 pet industry-related issues were proposed during the 2021-22 legislative session, 67 of which were designated as priority by the Pet Advocacy Network.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

BILL #SUMMARYFINAL DISPOSITION
AB 135/ SB 5688Pet Groomer Registration/Regulation: 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
AB 162Animal Law Task Force:
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
AB 173Repeal/Recodification – Animal Cruelty Statutes:
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
AB 185/ SB 3230Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bag Prohibition:
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.  
DIED IN COMMITTEE
AB 524/ SB 1257Animal Cruelty – Pet Ownership Prohibition: 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
AB 549/ SB 1000Breed-Specific Prohibition/Homeowner’s Insurance Policies: 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
AB 721Toxic Chemicals in Pet Products: Amends NY Environmental Conservation Law by adding a new section in Title 9 entitled Toxic Chemicals in Pet Products.  DIED IN COMMITTEE
AB 776/ SB 2273Pet Dealer Breeder Disclosure Requirement:
“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
AB 805Priority Species Import Prohibition:
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
AB 1549/ SB 5156Animal Cruelty Conviction Database: 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
AB 1783Monk Parakeet Protection Act: Amends NY Environmental Conservation Law to enact the “Monk Parakeet Protection Act”.DIED IN COMMITTEE
AB 1903/ SB 3835Pet Dealer Fire Protection Measures: 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
AB 2024Pet Dealer Shelter-Rescue Model Sales: 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
AB 2054/ SB 6047Live Animal Market/Wildlife Importation Prohibition: 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
AB 2244/ AB 808Minimum Wage Requirements (Dog Groomers): 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).  DIED IN COMMITTEE
AB 2347/ SB 227Animal Cruelty Penalties-Failure to Provide Shelter:
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
AB 2601/ SB 4912Pet Dealer Sourcing Restrictions – USDA Licensed Only:
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
AB 3444Animal Cruelty – Pet Ownership Prohibition: 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
AB 3711/ SB 7587Insurance Policy Regulation – Veterinary Expenses: Amends NY Insurance Law by adding a new Article 42-A to regulate the issuance of insurance policies covering veterinary expenses.  DIED IN COMMITTEE
AB 3732Non-Economic Damages Awards:
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
AB 3892Pet Dealer Breeder Disclosure Requirement: “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 4023Definition of Pet Dealer Amendment:
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
AB 4075/ SB 4254Breed-Specific Prohibition – Homeowner’s Insurance Policies: 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.ENACTED
AB 4283/ SB 1130Statewide Retail Pet Sale Ban:
Amends Article 35-D (Sale of Dogs and Cats), Section 752 (Definitions) and Section 753 (Sale of Animals) of NY General Business Law by adding a new subdivision to define “retail pet shop” and to prohibit the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits by retail pet shops.
GOVERNOR’S DESK
AB 4609Animals as Sentient Beings: Amends Article 26 (Animals) of NY Agriculture & Markets Law by adding a new Section 382 to establish animals as sentient beings.DIED IN COMMITTEE
AB 4611Shipment of Animals Restrictions: 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.  DIED IN COMMITTEE
AB 5315/ SB 3525Animal Advocates in Court Proceedings: 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
AB 5642State Animal Abuse Hotline: 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
AB 5779/ SB 6027Non-Economic Damages Awards: 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
AB 6107/ SB 1148Canine Trainer Licensing/Educational Standards: 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.  DIED IN COMMITTEE
AB 6246/ SB 6870Animal Shelter Licensure/Standards of Care: 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.  GOVERNOR’S DESK
AB 6354/ SB 1528Statewide Animal Abuser Registry: 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
AB 6560/ SB 6084Pet Dealer Cause of Death Disclosure/Inspection Requirement: 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.  DIED IN COMMITTEE
AB 7136Landlord-Tenant/Breed-Specific Discrimination: 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
AB 7522Pet Dealer Sourcing of Animals (USDA Licensees): 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.DIED IN COMMITTEE
AB 8118Pet Dealer Animal Sourcing Disclosure Requirement: 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.  DIED IN COMMITTEE
AB 8859Homeowner’s Insurance Policies/Breed-Specific Prohibition:
Amends Article 34 (Insurance Contracts-Property/Casualty) of NY Insurance Law, Section 3421 (Homeowner’s Liability Insurance; Dogs) to add rental insurance policies to existing provisions which 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
AB 9663Pet Groomer Licensing/Regulation: 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 IN COMMITTEE
AB 9698Pet Food Sales Tax Exemption: 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
AR 279“Be Kind To Animals Month” Resolution: 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 1101Animal Shelter/Rescue Dog Bite Disclosure Requirement: 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.  DIED IN COMMITTEE
SB 1259Animal Cruelty/Pet Ownership Prohibition: 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
SB 1360Pet Dealer 12% Surcharge on Sale of Animals:
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).  
DIED IN COMMITTEE
ORD 2021001Rensselaer County Animal Abuser Registry: Local Law establishes the Rensselaer County, NY Animal Abuse Registration Act which provides an online registry for individuals who are convicted of animal abuse and neglect crimes.  ADOPTED
ORD 2021002Greene County Animal Abuser Registry: A Local Law establishing a county-wide Animal Abuse Registry in Greene County, NY.  ADOPTED
ORD 2021003Riverhead Shelter-Rescue Model Dog/Cat Sales Ordinance: Proposed Local Law would amend Chapter 207 (Animals) of the Riverhead, NY Town Code by adding a new Article IV (Prohibition on Sales of Commercially Bred Dogs, Cats and Rabbits in Pet Stores) to restrict the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in town pet stores.  ADOPTED

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