senate Bill S6903C

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to public safety and big cats

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 11, 2014 signed chap.307
Aug 01, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 18, 2014 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.361
substituted for a9004c
Jun 17, 2014 referred to codes
returned to assembly
repassed senate
Jun 11, 2014 amended on third reading 6903c
vote reconsidered - restored to third reading
returned to senate
Jun 11, 2014 recalled from assembly
Jun 10, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 02, 2014 amended on third reading (t) 6903b
May 19, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 14, 2014 2nd report cal.
amended 6903a
May 13, 2014 1st report cal.625
Mar 27, 2014 referred to environmental conservation

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May 13, 2014 - Environmental Conservation committee Vote

S6903
7
1
committee
7
Aye
1
Nay
5
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Committee Vote: May 13, 2014

nay (1)

Bill Amendments

Original
A
B
C (Active)
Original
A
B
C (Active)

Co-Sponsors

S6903 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9004C
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §11-0538, En Con L

S6903 - Summary

Relates to public safety and big cats; prohibits contact with big cats.

S6903 - Sponsor Memo

S6903 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6903

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 27, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  public safety and wild animals

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

  Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by  adding  a
new section 11-0538 to read as follows:
S 11-0538. DIRECT CONTACT BETWEEN PUBLIC AND WILD ANIMALS PROHIBITED.
  1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (A)  "WILD  ANIMAL" MEANS A LIVING WILD ANIMAL OF THE ORDERS AND FAMI-
LIES DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH (E) OF SUBDIVISION 6  OF  SECTION  11-0103  OF
THIS ARTICLE.
  (B)  "DIRECT  CONTACT"  MEANS  PHYSICAL  CONTACT WITH A WILD ANIMAL OR
PROXIMITY TO A WILD ANIMAL WHERE PHYSICAL  CONTACT  WOULD  BE  POSSIBLE,
INCLUDING,  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO, HAVING A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH A WILD
ANIMAL WITHOUT A  PERMANENT  PHYSICAL  BARRIER  THAT  PREVENTS  PHYSICAL
CONTACT BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND WILD ANIMAL.
  2.  IT  SHALL  BE  UNLAWFUL  FOR ANY PERSON LICENSED OR REQUIRED TO BE
LICENSED AS AN EXHIBITOR OR DEALER PURSUANT TO THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT, 7
USC 2132-2134, INCLUDING AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES OF SUCH PERSON, TO KNOWING-
LY ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO HAVE DIRECT CONTACT WITH A WILD ANIMAL.
  3. ANY PERSON WHO VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  BE
SUBJECT TO A PENALTY OF NOT MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST
OFFENSE  AND  NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A SECOND AND SUBSE-
QUENT OFFENSES. EACH INSTANCE OF  ALLOWING  DIRECT  CONTACT  OF  A  WILD
ANIMAL  WITH  THE PUBLIC IN VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL CONSTITUTE A
SEPARATE OFFENSE.
  4. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED  TO  LIMIT  OR  RESTRICT
VETERINARY  EXAMINATION, TREATMENT OR CARE OF A WILD ANIMAL OR TRANSPOR-
TATION OF THE ANIMAL FOR SUCH PURPOSE.
  5.  NOTHING  IN  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  BE  CONSTRUED  TO  AFFECT   ANY
PROTECTIONS AFFORDED TO WILD ANIMALS UNDER ANY OTHER LAW.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14190-01-4

Co-Sponsors

S6903A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9004C
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §11-0538, En Con L

S6903A - Summary

Relates to public safety and big cats; prohibits contact with big cats.

S6903A - Sponsor Memo

S6903A - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 6903--A
    Cal. No. 625

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 27, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. AVELLA, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Environmental
  Conservation  --  reported  favorably  from said committee, ordered to
  first report, amended on first report, ordered to a second report  and
  ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of second report

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
  public safety and wild animals

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

  Section  1.  The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
new section 11-0538 to read as follows:
S 11-0538. DIRECT CONTACT BETWEEN PUBLIC AND WILD ANIMALS PROHIBITED.
  1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (A) "WILD ANIMAL" MEANS A LIVING WILD ANIMAL OF THE ORDERS  AND  FAMI-
LIES  DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH E OF SUBDIVISION 6 OF SECTION 11-0103 OF THIS
ARTICLE.
  (B) "DIRECT CONTACT" MEANS PHYSICAL CONTACT  WITH  A  WILD  ANIMAL  OR
PROXIMITY  TO  A  WILD  ANIMAL WHERE PHYSICAL CONTACT WOULD BE POSSIBLE,
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, HAVING A PHOTOGRAPH  TAKEN  WITH  A  WILD
ANIMAL  WITHOUT  A  PERMANENT  PHYSICAL  BARRIER  THAT PREVENTS PHYSICAL
CONTACT BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND WILD ANIMAL.
  2. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON  LICENSED  OR  REQUIRED  TO  BE
LICENSED AS AN EXHIBITOR OR DEALER PURSUANT TO THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT, 7
USC 2132-2134, INCLUDING AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES OF SUCH PERSON, TO KNOWING-
LY ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO HAVE DIRECT CONTACT WITH A WILD ANIMAL.
  3.  ANY  PERSON  WHO  VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE
SUBJECT TO A PENALTY OF NOT MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST
OFFENSE AND NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A SECOND  AND  SUBSE-
QUENT  OFFENSES.  EACH  INSTANCE  OF  ALLOWING  DIRECT CONTACT OF A WILD
ANIMAL WITH THE PUBLIC IN VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL  CONSTITUTE  A
SEPARATE OFFENSE.
  4.  NOTHING  IN  THIS  SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT OR RESTRICT
VETERINARY EXAMINATION, TREATMENT OR CARE OF A WILD ANIMAL OR  TRANSPOR-
TATION OF THE ANIMAL FOR SUCH PURPOSE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

Co-Sponsors

S6903B - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9004C
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §11-0538, En Con L

S6903B - Summary

Relates to public safety and big cats; prohibits contact with big cats.

S6903B - Sponsor Memo

S6903B - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 6903--B
    Cal. No. 625

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 27, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. AVELLA, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Environmental
  Conservation  --  reported  favorably  from said committee, ordered to
  first report, amended on first report, ordered to a second report  and
  ordered  reprinted,  retaining its place in the order of second report
  -- ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted,  retain-
  ing its place in the order of third reading

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
  public safety and big cats

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

  Section  1.  The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
new section 11-0538 to read as follows:
S 11-0538. DIRECT CONTACT BETWEEN PUBLIC AND BIG CATS PROHIBITED.
  1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (A) "BIG CAT" SHALL MEAN ANY LIVE SPECIES OF LION (PANTHERA LEO PERSI-
CA),  TIGER  (PANTHERA  TIGRES),  LEOPARD  (PANTHERA  PARDUS),   CHEETAH
(ACINOYX  JUBATUS),  JAGUAR  (PANTHERA  ONCA),  MOUNTAIN LION, SOMETIMES
CALLED COUGAR (FELIS CONCOLAR) OR ANY HYBRID OF SUCH SPECIES.
  (B) "DIRECT CONTACT" MEANS PHYSICAL CONTACT OR PROXIMITY  WHERE  PHYS-
ICAL  CONTACT  IS  POSSIBLE,  INCLUDING,  BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ALLOWING A
PHOTOGRAPH TO BE TAKEN WITHOUT A PERMANENT PHYSICAL BARRIER DESIGNED  TO
PREVENT PHYSICAL CONTACT BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND BIG CATS.
  (C)  "DEALER" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON WHO, IN COMMERCE, FOR COMPENSATION
OR PROFIT, DELIVERS FOR  TRANSPORTATION,  OR  TRANSPORTS,  EXCEPT  AS  A
CARRIER, BUYS, SELLS, OR NEGOTIATES THE PURCHASE OR SALE OF ANY ANIMALS.
  (D)  "EXHIBITOR"  SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON (PUBLIC OR PRIVATE) EXHIBITING
ANY ANIMALS, WHICH WERE PURCHASED IN COMMERCE OR THE  INTENDED  DISTRIB-
UTION  OF WHICH AFFECTS COMMERCE, OR WILL AFFECT COMMERCE, TO THE PUBLIC
FOR COMPENSATION, AS DETERMINED  BY  THE  COMMISSIONER,  AND  SUCH  TERM
INCLUDES  CARNIVALS,  CIRCUSES, AND ZOOS EXHIBITING SUCH ANIMALS WHETHER
OPERATED FOR PROFIT OR NOT.
  2. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON  LICENSED  OR  REQUIRED  TO  BE
LICENSED AS AN EXHIBITOR OR DEALER PURSUANT TO THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT, 7

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

Co-Sponsors

S6903C (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9004C
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §11-0538, En Con L

S6903C (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to public safety and big cats; prohibits contact with big cats.

S6903C (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6903C (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 6903--C
    Cal. No. 625

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 27, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. AVELLA, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Environmental
  Conservation  --  reported  favorably  from said committee, ordered to
  first report, amended on first report, ordered to a second report  and
  ordered  reprinted,  retaining its place in the order of second report
  -- ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted,  retain-
  ing  its  place  in the order of third reading -- passed by Senate and
  delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote  reconsidered,  restored  to
  third  reading,  amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in
  the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  public safety and big cats

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

  Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by  adding  a
new section 11-0538 to read as follows:
S 11-0538. DIRECT CONTACT BETWEEN PUBLIC AND BIG CATS PROHIBITED.
  1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (A)  "BIG  CAT"  SHALL  MEAN  ANY LIVE SPECIES OF LION (PANTHERA LEO),
TIGER (PANTHERA TIGRES), LEOPARD (PANTHERA PARDUS) (WITH  THE  EXCEPTION
OF  CLOUDED LEOPARDS (NEOFELIS NEBULOSA)), JAGUAR (PANTHERA ONCA), MOUN-
TAIN LION, SOMETIMES CALLED COUGAR (FELIS CONCOLAR)  OR  ANY  HYBRID  OF
SUCH SPECIES.
  (B)  "DIRECT  CONTACT" MEANS PHYSICAL CONTACT OR PROXIMITY WHERE PHYS-
ICAL CONTACT IS POSSIBLE, INCLUDING, BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO,  ALLOWING  A
PHOTOGRAPH  TO BE TAKEN WITHOUT A PERMANENT PHYSICAL BARRIER DESIGNED TO
PREVENT PHYSICAL CONTACT BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND BIG CATS.
  (C) "DEALER" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON WHO, IN COMMERCE, FOR  COMPENSATION
OR  PROFIT,  DELIVERS  FOR  TRANSPORTATION,  OR  TRANSPORTS, EXCEPT AS A
CARRIER, BUYS, SELLS, OR NEGOTIATES THE PURCHASE OR SALE OF ANY ANIMALS.
  (D) "EXHIBITOR" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON (PUBLIC OR  PRIVATE)  EXHIBITING
ANY  ANIMALS,  WHICH WERE PURCHASED IN COMMERCE OR THE INTENDED DISTRIB-
UTION OF WHICH AFFECTS COMMERCE, OR WILL AFFECT COMMERCE, TO THE  PUBLIC
FOR  COMPENSATION,  AS  DETERMINED  BY  THE  COMMISSIONER, AND SUCH TERM

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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