senate Bill S5080B

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to therapy dogs for persons with a disability

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 18, 2018 referred to governmental operations
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1834
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 13, 2018 print number 5080b
Jun 13, 2018 amend (t) and recommit to investigations and government operations
Jan 03, 2018 referred to investigations and government operations
Jun 14, 2017 print number 5080a
Jun 14, 2017 amend and recommit to investigations and government operations
Mar 07, 2017 referred to investigations and government operations

Co-Sponsors

S5080 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7083
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§296 & 356, Exec L; amd §108, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S6031, A8705
2019-2020: S2705

S5080 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to therapy dogs for persons with a disability.

S5080 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5080 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  5080

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 7, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the executive law and the agriculture and  markets  law,
  in relation to therapy dogs and cats for persons with disabilities

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 21 of section 292  of  the  executive  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  269  of  the  laws  of 1997, is amended to read as
follows:
  21. The term "disability" means (a)  a  physical,  mental  or  medical
impairment  resulting  from anatomical, physiological, genetic or neuro-
logical conditions which prevents the exercise of a normal bodily  func-
tion,  SUBSTANTIALLY  LIMITS  ONE  OR  MORE  OF SUCH PERSON'S MAJOR LIFE
ACTIVITIES, or is demonstrable by medically accepted clinical or labora-
tory diagnostic techniques or (b) a record of such an impairment or  (c)
a condition regarded by others as such an impairment, provided, however,
that in all provisions of this article dealing with employment, the term
shall be limited to disabilities which, upon the provision of reasonable
accommodations,  do  not  prevent  the  complainant from performing in a
reasonable manner the activities  involved  in  the  job  or  occupation
sought  or  held.    FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, MAJOR LIFE ACTIVITIES
INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, CARING FOR ONESELF,  PERFORMING  MANUAL
TASKS,  SEEING,  HEARING,  EATING, SLEEPING, WALKING, STANDING, LIFTING,
BENDING, SPEAKING, BREATHING, LEARNING, READING,  CONCENTRATING,  THINK-
ING,  COMMUNICATING, AND WORKING. MAJOR LIFE ACTIVITIES ALSO INCLUDE THE
OPERATION OF A MAJOR BODILY FUNCTION,  INCLUDING  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO,
FUNCTIONS  OF  THE  IMMUNE SYSTEM, NORMAL CELL GROWTH, DIGESTIVE, BOWEL,
BLADDER, NEUROLOGICAL, BRAIN, RESPIRATORY, CIRCULATORY,  ENDOCRINE,  AND
REPRODUCTIVE FUNCTIONS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10456-01-7

Co-Sponsors

S5080A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7083
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§296 & 356, Exec L; amd §108, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S6031, A8705
2019-2020: S2705

S5080A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to therapy dogs for persons with a disability.

S5080A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5080A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 5080--A

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 7, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. KENNEDY, HOYLMAN, PERALTA -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investi-
  gations  and  Government  Operations  --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT to amend the executive law and the agriculture and  markets  law,
  in relation to therapy dogs and cats for persons with disabilities

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

  Section 1.  Subdivision 14 of section 296 of  the  executive  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  141  of  the  laws  of 2015, is amended to read as
follows:
  14. In addition to reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or
procedures, including those defined in subparagraph  (iv)  of  paragraph
(d)  of subdivision two of this section or reasonable accommodations for
persons with disabilities as otherwise provided in this section, includ-
ing the use of an animal as a reasonable accommodation, it shall  be  an
unlawful  discriminatory practice for any person engaged in any activity
covered by this section to deny  access  or  otherwise  to  discriminate
against  a  blind  person,  a  hearing  impaired person or a person with
another disability because he or she is accompanied by a  dog  that  has
been  trained  to work or perform specific tasks for the benefit of such
person by a professional guide dog, hearing dog or service dog  training
center or professional guide dog, hearing dog or service dog trainer, or
to  discriminate  against  such  professional  guide dog, hearing dog or
service dog trainer engaged in such training of  a  dog  for  use  by  a
person  with  a disability, whether or not accompanied by the person for
whom the dog is being trained.  THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY  REGARDLESS  OF
BREED, OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF THERAPY DOG OR CAT.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10456-02-7

Co-Sponsors

S5080B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7083
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§296 & 356, Exec L; amd §108, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S6031, A8705
2019-2020: S2705

S5080B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to therapy dogs for persons with a disability.

S5080B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5080B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 5080--B

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 7, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. KENNEDY, HOYLMAN, PERALTA -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investi-
  gations  and  Government  Operations  --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee -- recommitted to the Committee on Investigations  and  Government
  Operations  in  accordance  with  Senate  Rule  6, sec. 8 -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the executive law and the agriculture and  markets  law,
  in relation to therapy dogs for persons with disabilities

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

  Section 1.  Subdivision 14 of section 296 of  the  executive  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  141  of  the  laws  of 2015, is amended to read as
follows:
  14. In addition to reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or
procedures, including those defined in subparagraph  (iv)  of  paragraph
(d)  of subdivision two of this section or reasonable accommodations for
persons with disabilities as otherwise provided in this section, includ-
ing the use of an animal as a reasonable accommodation, it shall  be  an
unlawful  discriminatory practice for any person engaged in any activity
covered by this section to deny  access  or  otherwise  to  discriminate
against  a  blind  person,  a  hearing  impaired person or a person with
another disability because he or she is accompanied by A THERAPY DOG, AS
DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION TWENTY-SIX OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED  EIGHT  OF  THE
AGRICULTURE  AND  MARKETS  LAW,  a  dog that has been trained to work or
perform specific tasks for the benefit of such person by a  professional
guide  dog,  hearing  dog or service dog training center or professional
guide dog, hearing dog  or  service  dog  trainer,  or  to  discriminate
against such THERAPY DOG, professional guide dog, hearing dog or service
dog trainer engaged in such training of a dog for use by a person with a

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

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