senate Bill S5023A

Signed By Governor
2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires veterinarians to report suspected animal cruelty

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Current Bill Status - Signed by Governor


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

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Oct 30, 2021 signed chap.546
Oct 22, 2021 delivered to governor
Jun 10, 2021 returned to senate
passed assembly
Jun 08, 2021 ordered to third reading rules cal.568
substituted for a5823a
Jun 03, 2021 referred to codes
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 02, 2021 ordered to third reading cal.1447
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 18, 2021 print number 5023a
May 18, 2021 amend and recommit to higher education
Feb 22, 2021 referred to higher education

Co-Sponsors

S5023 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5823
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6714, Ed L

S5023 - Summary

Requires veterinarians to report suspected animal cruelty to the police, duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, peace officer, district attorney's office, animal control officer, department of agriculture and markets, or other appropriate government agency and to turn over necessary records; protects the identity of such veterinarians; allows such veterinarians to receive a copy of such report.

S5023 - Sponsor Memo

S5023 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5023
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 22, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. GIANARIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education
 
 AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to mandating the  report-
   ing of suspected animal cruelty by veterinarians
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdivision 2 of section 6714  of
 the  education  law,  as  added  by chapter 653 of the laws of 2003, are
 amended to read as follows:
   (a) When a veterinarian reasonably and in good faith suspects  that  a
 companion  animal's injury, illness or condition is the result of animal
 cruelty [or a] IN violation of [any state or federal law  pertaining  to
 the  care,  treatment,  abuse  or neglect of a companion animal] SECTION
 THREE HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE, THREE  HUNDRED  FIFTY-THREE  OR  THREE  HUNDRED
 FIFTY-THREE-A OF THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW, the veterinarian [may]
 SHALL  report the incident and disclose records concerning the companion
 animal's condition and treatment to [the police, duly incorporated soci-
 ety for the prevention of cruelty to animals,  peace  officer,  district
 attorney's office, animal control officer, department of agriculture and
 markets,  other appropriate government agency, or any agent thereof] ANY
 OFFICER OR AGENT AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SECTIONS THREE HUNDRED  SEVENTY-
 ONE  AND  THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-THREE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW
 TO RESPOND TO AND INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.
   (b) When a veterinarian reasonably believes that disclosure of records
 as defined in this section,  is  necessary  to  protect  the  health  or
 welfare  of a companion animal, a person or the public, the veterinarian
 may disclose such records to [the police, duly incorporated society  for
 the  prevention  of  cruelty  to  animals, peace officer, animal control
 officer,  department  of  agriculture  and  markets,  other  appropriate
 government agency, or any agent thereof] ANY OFFICER OR AGENT AUTHORIZED
 PURSUANT  TO SECTIONS THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-ONE AND THREE HUNDRED SEVEN-
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

Co-Sponsors

S5023A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5823
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6714, Ed L

S5023A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires veterinarians to report suspected animal cruelty to the police, duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, peace officer, district attorney's office, animal control officer, department of agriculture and markets, or other appropriate government agency and to turn over necessary records; protects the identity of such veterinarians; allows such veterinarians to receive a copy of such report.

S5023A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5023A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  5023--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 22, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens. GIANARIS, ADDABBO, COMRIE, GOUNARDES -- read twice
   and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
   on Higher Education -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
   reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
 AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to mandating the report-
   ing of suspected animal cruelty by veterinarians
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1. Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdivision 2 of section 6714 of
 the education law, as added by chapter 653 of  the  laws  of  2003,  are
 amended to read as follows:
   (a)  When  a veterinarian reasonably and in good faith suspects that a
 companion animal's injury, illness or condition is the result of  animal
 cruelty  [or  a] IN violation of [any state or federal law pertaining to
 the care, treatment, abuse or neglect of  a  companion  animal]  SECTION
 THREE  HUNDRED  FIFTY-ONE,  THREE  HUNDRED  FIFTY-THREE OR THREE HUNDRED
 FIFTY-THREE-A OF THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW, the veterinarian [may]
 SHALL report the incident and disclose records concerning the  companion
 animal's condition and treatment to [the police, duly incorporated soci-
 ety  for  the  prevention of cruelty to animals, peace officer, district
 attorney's office, animal control officer, department of agriculture and
 markets, other appropriate government agency, or any agent thereof]  ANY
 OFFICER  OR AGENT AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SECTIONS THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-
 ONE AND THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-THREE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND  MARKETS  LAW
 TO RESPOND TO AND INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY. THE IDENTITY
 OF  SUCH  VETERINARIAN  MAKING A REPORT PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL
 ONLY BE MADE AVAILABLE TO AN OFFICER OR  AGENT  AUTHORIZED  PURSUANT  TO
 SECTION  THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-ONE OR THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-THREE OF THE
 AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW.
   (b) When a veterinarian reasonably believes that disclosure of records
 as defined in this section,  is  necessary  to  protect  the  health  or
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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