Bill Text: NY A06601 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires the commissioner of agriculture and markets to identify and develop standards for therapy dogs.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 21-9)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-18 - substituted by s4802 [A06601 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06601-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 14, 2019
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  LUPARDO, MOSLEY, BLAKE, ZEBROWSKI, McDONALD,
          MONTESANO, MORINELLO, D'URSO -- read once and referred to the  Commit-
          tee on Agriculture
        AN  ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requir-
          ing the commissioner of agriculture and markets to identify and devel-
          op standards for therapy dogs
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. Section 124 of the agriculture and markets law, as amended
     2  by section 22 of part T of chapter 59 of the laws of 2010, is amended to
     3  read as follows:
     4    § 124. Powers of commissioner. The commissioner is  hereby  authorized
     5  to:
     6    1. (a) promulgate, after public hearing, such rules and regulations as
     7  are  necessary  to  supplement and give full effect to the provisions of
     8  sections one hundred thirteen, one  hundred  fourteen  and  one  hundred
     9  seventeen of this article; and
    10    (b)  exercise all other powers and functions as are necessary to carry
    11  out the duties and purposes set forth in sections one hundred  thirteen,
    12  one hundred fourteen and one hundred seventeen of this article.
    13    2.  in cooperation with other relevant state agencies and stakeholders
    14  identify, and develop as necessary, guidance  for  therapy  dogs,  their
    15  handlers  and facilities using such dogs, including, but not limited to,
    16  assessment and training, risk management, animal welfare, and best prac-
    17  tices for such dogs and their dog-handlers. Such guidance shall be  made
    18  available  on  the  department's  website and provided to municipalities
    19  that issue special tags for therapy dogs pursuant to section one hundred
    20  eleven of this article.
    21    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.