senate Bill S7277

Signed by Governor Amended

Relates to requirements for unit pricing in certain retail stores

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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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  • 02 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 15 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.753
  • 16 / May / 2012
    • AMENDED 7277A
  • 16 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 21 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A9593A
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.59
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 06 / Aug / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Aug / 2012
    • SIGNED CHAP.427

Summary

Relates to requirements for unit pricing in certain non-chain convenience stores.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S7277
S7277A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง214-h, Ag & Mkts L

Votes

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7277

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to unit pricing

PURPOSE:
To amend the unit pricing law to include chain stores with
annual sales of consumer commodities in excess of $2.5 million.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill would amend the exemption provisions
contained within the unit pricing law to require unit pricing
disclosure in chain stores selling more than 82.5 million of consumer
commodities per year.

JUSTIFICATION:
The unit pricing law requires stores selling over $2.5
million per location per year of consumer commodities to disclose the
price per measure as well as the retail selling price. This allows
customers to comparison shop so as to find the best value.

Unit pricing is particularly important today because manufacturers of
grocery items no longer sell products in standard sizes. Consumers
are faced with a confusing array of packages for all kinds of
products including coffee, ice cream, tuna fish, cosmetics, soaps and
detergents and paper products. The unit pricing law provides the only
real means a customer has to find the best value between brands and
container sizes.

Consumer commodities covered under the pricing law include both human
and pet food, paper products and food wrappings, soaps, detergents
and other cleaning products, as well as non-prescription drugs and
toiletries,

The Department of Agriculture and Markets reports receiving a number
of consumer complaints regarding discount stores who sell significant
amounts of consumer commodities, but claim to be exempt from the unit
pricing requirements.

This bill would allow the Department to better enforce the law and
respond more quickly to consumer complaints without having to conduct
a financial audit of chain stores on a per location basis.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This bill shall take effect on the 180th day after becoming a law.

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

                                  7277

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- 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  unit
  pricing

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

  Section 1. Paragraph b of subdivision 3 of section 214-h of the  agri-
culture  and markets law, as amended by chapter 323 of the laws of 1993,
is amended to read as follows:
  b. The provisions of this  section  shall  not  apply  TO  CONVENIENCE
STORES  WHICH  INCLUDE  SMALL  STORES  WHICH  TYPICALLY SELL MOTOR FUEL,
TOBACCO PRODUCTS, FAST FOOD AND BEVERAGES AND DO  NOT  OFFER  SUFFICIENT
QUANTITY  OF CONSUMER COMMODITIES TO MAKE UNIT PRICING USEFUL TO CONSUM-
ERS OR to any retail store having had annual  gross  sales  of  consumer
commodities  in the previous calendar year of less than two and one-half
million dollars, UNLESS THE STORE IS A PART  OF  A  NETWORK  OF  SUBSID-
IARIES,  AFFILIATES  OR  OTHER  MEMBER  STORES, UNDER DIRECT OR INDIRECT
COMMON CONTROL, WHICH, AS A GROUP, HAD ANNUAL GROSS SALES  THE  PREVIOUS
CALENDAR  YEAR  OF  TWO AND ONE-HALF MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE OF CONSUMER
COMMODITIES.
  S 2.  This act shall take   effect on the one  hundred  eightieth  day
after it shall have become a law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14958-01-2

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