senate Bill S4494

Signed by Governor

Increases penalties associated with the packaging, sale or certification of kosher foods

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 07 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 01 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.631
  • 02 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 07 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A6439
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.290
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 20 / Jul / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 01 / Aug / 2012
    • SIGNED CHAP.304

Summary

Increases penalties associated with the packaging, sale or certification of kosher foods; increases first violation from one thousand dollars to two thousand five hundred dollars; increases second violation from five thousand dollars to seven thousand five hundred dollars.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6439
Versions:
S4494
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง201-c, Ag & Mkts L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4494

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to increas-
ing penalties associated with the packaging, sale or certification of
kosher foods

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would increase penalties associated with the fraudulent pack-
aging, sale or certification of kosher food.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Subdivision 6 of section 201-c of the agriculture and markets law as
added by chapter 151 of the laws of 2004, is amended to increase the
fine of failing to adhere to kosher certification when selling or pack-
ing food.

JUSTIFICATION:
After the elimination of the New York State Department of Agriculture
and Markets kosher food inspection unit as a result of the 2010-2011
State Fiscal Year budget cuts, kosher consumers have grown increasingly
concerned about the loss of this protection. Although these positions
are unlikely to be restored in the immediate future, violations of this
particular form of fraud can still be identified and fined through
consumer tips and other methods. Increasing existing penalties in light
of this new vulnerability will deter those seeking to exploit current
circumstances and protect the New Yorkers who adhere to these dietary
restrictions as an essential component of Jewish Halakhic law.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have
become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4494

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 7, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to increas-
  ing penalties associated with the packaging, sale or certification  of
  kosher foods

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 6 of  section  201-c  of  the  agriculture  and
markets  law, as added by chapter 151 of the laws of 2004, is amended to
read as follows:
  6. Failure to comply with the requirements  of  sections  two  hundred
one-a  and  two  hundred  one-b  of this article and this section or the
failure to conform sales practices to the information  provided  in  the
kosher  certification  form pursuant to this section shall be punishable
by a fine of not more than [one] TWO thousand FIVE HUNDRED dollars for a
first violation; not  more  than  [five]  SEVEN  thousand  FIVE  HUNDRED
dollars  for  a second violation; and not more than ten thousand dollars
for a third violation and each subsequent violation thereafter.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10123-01-1

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