senate Bill S525

Amended

Establishes no itinerant vendor shall offer for sale baby food, nonprescription drugs, cosmetics and batteries

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION
  • 08 / Feb / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.80
  • 14 / Feb / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 15 / Feb / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 07 / Mar / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 07 / Mar / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 07 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION
  • 18 / Jan / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.67
  • 19 / Jan / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 23 / Jan / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 23 / May / 2012
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 525A
  • 30 / May / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 30 / May / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 30 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Establishes no itinerant vendor, except for a manufacturer, an authorized manufacturer's representative, or authorized distributor, shall offer for sale baby food, nonprescription drugs, cosmetics or batteries.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5345
Versions:
S525
S525A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §38, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S39, A11029, S525A

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BILL NUMBER:S525 REVISED 04/20/12

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the general business law, in relation to itinerant vendors

PURPOSE:
To clarify which products may not be sold pursuant to § 38 of the
General Business Law, so as to make its provisions more enforceable.
Specifically, the bill establishes that no itinerant vendor, except
for a manufacturer, an authorized manufacturer's representative, or
an authorized distributor, shall offer for sale baby food,
non-prescription drugs, cosmetics, or batteries.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
§ 1 - Amends § 38 of the General Business Law to specifically define
the following items -- baby food, non-prescription drugs, cosmetics,
and batteries -- as products that may not be sold in flea markets
unless sold by a manufacturer, an authorized manufacturer's
representative, or an authorized distributor.

§ 2 - Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
The itinerant vendor statute, which was adopted as Chapter 282, Laws
of 1995, was originally enacted to curtail the sale of certain
perishable, high-theft items through flea markets. The 1995 law
focused on baby foods and over-the-counter drugs, as these were items
that professional thieves were targeting to resell through flea
markets and were products that were compromised when exposed to
sunlight and heat.

The need to tighten the definitions in General Business Law § 38 were
brought to light when law enforcement officials in central New York
encountered difficulties in halting the sale of stolen,
non-prescription drugs because of the ambiguous definitions contained
in the current law. The proposed bill will tighten the current
statute by redefining baby foods and non-prescription drugs. It will
further expand the statute to prevent the sale of cosmetics and
batteries by itinerant vendors, as these products have become
high-theft items among those engaged in organized retail theft and
because many cosmetics are similarly affected by exposure to sunlight
and heat and thereby pose a health risk.

The illegal activity this bill aims to thwart differs from shoplifting
in that shoplifters typically steal single items for their own use,
whereas this bill addresses the multiple theft of products by career
criminals who steal primarily to sell the stolen goods. These crimes
are often committed to support other illegal activity involving drug
use. Baby foods, non-prescription drugs, cosmetics and batteries are
attractive to these criminals because they are small, easily
concealed, and relatively expensive items. Prohibiting the sale of
these products in flea
markets will close an important outlet to these criminals, thereby
making their theft less desirable. The public health concerns


addressed by this bill and the need to support law enforcement
efforts warrant passage of this measure.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011: Passed Senate (S.525/A.5345)
2010: Reported to Codes (S.39/A.11029)
2009: Referred to Consumer Protection (S.39/A.11029)
2007-08: Passed Senate (S.4442/A.6462A)
2005-06: A.5670/S.3174
2003-04: A.10822A/S.7128A

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                   525

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. FUSCHILLO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  general  business law, in relation to itinerant
  vendors

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

  Section 1. Section 38 of the general business law, as added by chapter
282 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as follows:
  S  38. Prohibited sales. No itinerant vendor, except for A MANUFACTUR-
ER, an authorized manufacturer's representative, or authorized distribu-
tor, shall offer for sale any of the following items:
  1. [Food manufactured and packaged for sale for consumption by a child
under the age of two years; or
  2. Drugs as defined in section three thousand three hundred two of the
public health law] BABY FOOD, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE ANY FOOD  MANUFACTURED
AND  PACKAGED SPECIFICALLY FOR CONSUMPTION BY A CHILD UNDER TWO YEARS OF
AGE.  THE TERM SHALL INCLUDE INFANT FORMULA;
  2. NONPRESCRIPTION DRUGS, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE ANY  NON-NARCOTIC  MEDI-
CINE  OR  DRUG  THAT  MAY BE SOLD WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION. THE TERM SHALL
INCLUDE ANY DRUGS COMMONLY KNOWN  AS  "OVER-THE-COUNTER  DRUGS,"  HERBAL
PRODUCTS,  DIETARY  SUPPLEMENTS,  BOTANICAL  EXTRACTS,  AND VITAMINS AND
SUBSTANCES RECOGNIZED AS DRUGS IN THE OFFICIAL UNITED STATES PHARMACOPO-
EIA, OFFICIAL HOMEOPATHIC PHARMACOPOEIA OF THE UNITED STATES,  OR  OFFI-
CIAL NATIONAL FORMULARY, OR ANY SUPPLEMENT TO SUCH PUBLICATIONS;
  3.  COSMETICS,  WHICH  SHALL  MEAN  MERCHANDISE,  OTHER THAN SOAP, BUT
INCLUDING RAZOR BLADES, THAT IS INTENDED TO BE  RUBBED,  POURED,  SPRIN-
KLED,  OR  SPRAYED  ONTO,  INTRODUCED  INTO, OR OTHERWISE APPLIED TO THE
HUMAN BODY OR ANY PART THEREOF  FOR  CLEANSING,  BEAUTIFYING,  PROMOTING
ATTRACTIVENESS, OR ALTERING THE APPEARANCE OF THE HUMAN BODY OR ANY PART
THEREOF; OR

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00472-01-1

S. 525                              2

  4.  BATTERIES,  WHICH  SHALL MEAN   A DEVICE CONSISTING OF ONE OR MORE
CELLS, EACH CELL CONSISTING OF A POSITIVE ELECTRODE,  A  NEGATIVE  ELEC-
TRODE  AND  AN  ELECTROLYTE,  WHICH IS USED TO PROVIDE STORED ELECTRICAL
POWER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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