senate Bill S7277A

Signed by Governor

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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9593A
Versions:
S7277
S7277A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง214-h, Ag & Mkts L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7277A

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 $2.5 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--A
    Cal. No. 753

                            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  --  reported
  favorably  from  said  committee,  ordered to first report, amended on
  first report, ordered to a second  report,  and  to  be  reprinted  as
  amended, retaining its place in the order of second report

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, WITH FIVE OR MORE STORES LOCATED IN NEW YORK, 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.
                                                           LBD14958-03-2

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