assembly Bill A9948A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to establishing Bella's Law, which correlates animal abuse with domestic violence

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Mar 04, 2020 print number 9948a
Mar 04, 2020 amend (t) and recommit to children and families
Feb 27, 2020 referred to children and families

A9948 - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Children And Families
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §353-aa, Ag & Mkts L

A9948 - Summary

Establishes Bella's Law which calls for an investigation into possible domestic violence or abuse for persons who have been accused of animal abuse.

A9948 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  9948

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 27, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A. M. L. MILLER -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Children and Families

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to enacting
  the "Family protection act"

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

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "Family protection act".
  § 2. Legislative intent. The  legislature  hereby  finds  that  animal
cruelty  is  a  serious  problem and that individuals who harm and abuse
animals are statistically more likely to engage in domestic violence and
child abuse than individuals who do not harm and abuse animals. A strong
correlation has been established linking individuals who  abuse  animals
with  incidents of domestic violence. Therefore, the purpose of this law
is to establish a requirement that the state of New York office of chil-
dren and family services must investigate any individual who is  accused
of or investigated for animal cruelty to ensure that there is no associ-
ated  domestic  or  family  violence and that law enforcement notify and
coordinate with the office of children and  family  services  in  animal
cruelty investigations and arrests.
  §  3.  The  agriculture  and  markets  law  is amended by adding a new
section 353-aa to read as follows:
  § 353-AA. ANIMAL ABUSE ACCUSAL REQUIRING A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
INVESTIGATION. 1. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS  SECTION,  THE  FOLLOWING
TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A)  "ANIMAL"  SHALL MEAN ANY LIVE MAMMAL, BIRD, OR REPTILE, BUT SHALL
NOT INCLUDE FEEDER ANIMALS.
  (B) "COMPANION ANIMAL" SHALL MEAN ANY DOG OR CAT, AND SHALL ALSO  MEAN
ANY  OTHER DOMESTICATED ANIMAL NORMALLY MAINTAINED IN OR NEAR THE HOUSE-
HOLD OF THE OWNER OR  PERSON  WHO  CARES  FOR  SUCH  OTHER  DOMESTICATED
ANIMAL.
  (C)  "ANIMAL  ABUSE  CRIME" SHALL MEAN THE COMMISSION OF THE FOLLOWING
ENUMERATED CRIMES AGAINST AN ANIMAL:

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

A9948A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Children And Families
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §353-aa, Ag & Mkts L

A9948A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes Bella's Law which calls for an investigation into possible domestic violence or abuse for persons who have been accused of animal abuse.

A9948A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 9948--A

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 27, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A. M. L. MILLER -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Children  and  Families  --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to enacting
  "Bella's Law"

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

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
"Bella's Law".
  § 2. Legislative intent. The  legislature  hereby  finds  that  animal
cruelty  is  a  serious  problem and that individuals who harm and abuse
animals are statistically more likely to engage in domestic violence and
child abuse than individuals who do not harm and abuse animals. A strong
correlation has been established linking individuals who  abuse  animals
with  incidents of domestic violence. Therefore, the purpose of this law
is to establish a requirement that the state of New York office of chil-
dren and family services must investigate any individual who is  accused
of or investigated for animal cruelty to ensure that there is no associ-
ated  domestic  or  family  violence and that law enforcement notify and
coordinate with the office of children and  family  services  in  animal
cruelty investigations and arrests.
  §  3.  The  agriculture  and  markets  law  is amended by adding a new
section 353-aa to read as follows:
  § 353-AA. ANIMAL ABUSE ACCUSAL REQUIRING A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
INVESTIGATION. 1. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS  SECTION,  THE  FOLLOWING
TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A)  "ANIMAL"  SHALL MEAN ANY LIVE MAMMAL, BIRD, OR REPTILE, BUT SHALL
NOT INCLUDE FEEDER ANIMALS.
  (B) "COMPANION ANIMAL" SHALL MEAN ANY DOG OR CAT, AND SHALL ALSO  MEAN
ANY  OTHER DOMESTICATED ANIMAL NORMALLY MAINTAINED IN OR NEAR THE HOUSE-
HOLD OF THE OWNER OR  PERSON  WHO  CARES  FOR  SUCH  OTHER  DOMESTICATED
ANIMAL.

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