Bill Text: NY S00076 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to notifying the owner of an animal killed on a highway.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-09 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S00076 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00076-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation
        AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to notifying the  owner  of
          an animal killed on a highway
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The highway law is amended by adding a new section  332  to
     2  read as follows:
     3    § 332. Notifying the owner of an animal killed on a highway. (a) Tags.
     4  If  the  animal has a tag with the family's contact information and/or a
     5  license number, the department shall: (i) make a reasonable  attempt  to
     6  notify  the  family  using  the  contact information and (ii) notify the
     7  issuer of the license, if any, so that the issuer will attempt to notify
     8  the family.
     9    (b) Chips. The department shall scan the animal's remains for an iden-
    10  tification chip and, should a chip be found, notify  the  chip  registry
    11  through  the  registry  website  or by telephone, in accordance with the
    12  information on the identification chip.
    13    (c) Web posting. Absent a tag or identification chip,  the  department
    14  shall  use  a  publicly  available  website to post a description of the
    15  animal and the circumstances of its death; and to post a  photograph  if
    16  the  department  believes this can be done with due respect for personal
    17  and community sensibilities.
    18    (d) Storage. If the department has a suitable temporary storage facil-
    19  ity it shall store the animal's remains for at least  seven  days  after
    20  the  department:  (i)  collects the remains or (ii) makes actual contact
    21  directly with the animal's owners, whichever is longer.
    22    (e) Alternatives. The department can delegate the above  functions  to
    23  another entity such as a shelter or veterinarian.
    24    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.