senate Bill S6244

Amended

Exempts police work dogs from confinement and observation periods

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 17 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 11 / Jun / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO RULES
  • 13 / Jun / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6244A

Summary

Exempts certain police work dogs, that may bite an individual in the course of their official duty, from confinement and observation periods.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9687
Versions:
S6244
S6244A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง2140, Pub Health L

Votes

14
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14
Aye
1
Nay
2
aye with reservations
0
absent
0
excused
0
abstained
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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6244

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the public health law, in relation to exempting police
dogs from confinement and observation

PURPOSE:
The bill would exempt police dogs who bite a person in the course of
their official duty from the 10 day quarantine required under the public
health law.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill would exempt police dogs that may bite an individual in the
course of their official duty from confinement.

EXISTING LAW:
Current law requires animals who may have exposed an individual to
rabies must be confined for a 10-day observation period.

JUSTIFICATION:
Police dogs, as part of their official duty, may have to subdue fleeing
suspects and in this process may potentially bite an individual. Police
dogs, who are a vital part of the police department, should not be
detained for 10 days if the dog happens to bite an individual in the
course of their official duty.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Needs to be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Effective immediately.

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

                                  6244

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 17, 2012
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to  exempting  police
  dogs from confinement and observation

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 7 of section 2140 of the public health law,  as
amended  by  chapter  510  of  the  laws  of 2011, is amended to read as
follows:
  7. "Confinement and observation" refers to the conditions under  which
apparently  healthy dogs, cats, domesticated ferrets, and domestic live-
stock, which are not exhibiting symptoms of rabies, must  be  maintained
to  determine  rabies status if such an animal has potentially exposed a
person to rabies, and the owner wishes to avoid euthanizing and  testing
the  animal.  If  the  county  health  authority  does  not approve home
confinement, the ten day confinement and observation  period  must  take
place,  at owner's expense, at an appropriate facility such as an animal
shelter, veterinarian's office, kennel or  farm.  The  confinement  must
include  (i)  provisions  to  prevent  escape  of  the animal during the
confinement period and (ii)  requirements  that  the  owner  notify  the
public health authority immediately if the animal becomes ill at anytime
during confinement, and (iii) verification by the county health authori-
ty or their designee at the end of the ten day period that the animal is
healthy.  POLICE  WORK DOGS THAT MAY BITE AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE COURSE OF
THEIR OFFICIAL DUTY, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO CONFINEMENT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13854-02-2

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