BILL NO S03858B SAME AS SAME AS A06291-A SPONSOR GRISANTI COSPNSR AVELLA, DEFRANCISCO, GALLIVAN, JOHNSON, KRUEGER, MAZIARZ, OPPENHEIMER, SERRANO, STAVISKY MLTSPNSR Amd SS11-0917, 11-0911, 11-1733 & 71-0921, En Con L Prohibits the possession, sale, barter, offer, purchase, transportation, delivery, or receipt of bear gallbladder, bile, or any product, item, or substance containing, or labeled or advertised as containing, bear gallbladders or bile; exempts federal and state government and individuals with a valid hunting license from transporting one bear gallbladder.Go to top
BILL NO S03858B 03/08/2011 REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION 05/23/2011 AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION 05/23/2011 PRINT NUMBER 3858A 06/07/2011 1ST REPORT CAL.1036 06/13/2011 AMENDED 3858B 06/13/2011 2ND REPORT CAL. 06/14/2011 ADVANCED TO THIRD READING 06/17/2011 PASSED SENATE 06/17/2011 DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY 06/17/2011 referred to codes 06/17/2011 substituted for a6291a 06/17/2011 ordered to third reading rules cal.401 06/20/2011 passed assembly 06/20/2011 returned to senate 08/05/2011 DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR 08/17/2011 SIGNED CHAP.468Go to top
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3858--B Cal. No. 1036 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 8, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, AVELLA, DeFRANCISCO, GALLIVAN, JOHNSON, KRUEGER, MAZIARZ, OPPENHEIMER, SERRANO, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- 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 environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the possession or sale of bear gallbladder The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Subdivision 9 of section 11-0917 of the environmental 2 conservation law, paragraph b as added by chapter 491 of the laws of 3 1984, paragraph c as added and paragraphs d and e as relettered by chap- 4 ter 182 of the laws of 1993 and paragraph f as amended by chapter 432 of 5 the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: 6 9. a. The flesh of cottontail rabbits, varying hares, European hares, 7 squirrels, bear and deer shall not be bought or sold[ , except as8 provided in section 11-1713 with respect to bear]. 9 b. Bear gallbladders and bile shall not be possessed, bartered, sold 10 or offered for sale or offered for barter unless a valid bear tag is 11 attached. For the purposes of this paragraph a valid bear tag shall mean 12 the tag or similar identification required by the governmental entity 13 that permitted the legal taking of such bear. Possession of a bear gall- 14 bladder without a valid bear tag shall be prima facie evidence of a 15 violation of this paragraph. A minimum five thousand dollar penalty 16 shall be issued per infraction of this paragraph. Nothing in this 17 section prohibits an officer, employee, or agent of the federal govern- 18 ment or the department from possessing, transporting, delivering, or EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10006-09-1S. 3858--B 2 1 receiving bear gallbladders or bile, for wildlife law enforcement 2 purposes. 3 c. Notwithstanding paragraph a of this subdivision, game legally taken 4 may be possessed, prepared and served by a non-profit organization at 5 any meeting for the members and guests provided that there is no charge 6 for the meal. 7 [ c.] d. Game legally taken may be donated to, and possessed, prepared 8 and distributed by a charitable or not-for-profit organization which 9 serves or distributes food without cost to the poor or needy. Game or 10 packages of game donated pursuant to this paragraph shall, notwithstand- 11 ing the requirements for tagging and labelling of game contained in 12 paragraph b of subdivision 5 of section 11-0911 of this [ chapter] title, 13 be tagged, labelled or marked "not for sale" and such tag, label or 14 marking shall identify the type of meat, the license number of the 15 taker, the name and address of the professional processor of the game 16 and the date of processing. The department shall make available 17 instructions for the safe and sanitary preparation of game, a list of 18 professional processors where potential donors may take their game for 19 preparation and packaging and a list of charitable or not-for-profit 20 organizations which accept donations of game. Professional processors, 21 charitable and not-for-profit organizations may notify the department of 22 their intention to participate in such distribution, and the department 23 shall include them in its lists unless good cause otherwise exists. 24 [ d.] e. The dead bodies of birds belonging to all species or subspe- 25 cies native to this state, defined in subdivision five of section 26 11-0103 of this article, [ subdivision 5] as protected wild birds, or 27 belonging to any family of which any species or subspecies is native to 28 this state, and is so defined in subdivision five of section 11-0103 of 29 this article, [ subdivision 5] shall not be sold, offered for sale or 30 possessed for sale, for food purposes. 31 [ e.] f. The plumage, skin or body of any wild bird shall not be sold, 32 possessed for sale or offered for sale [ except as permitted by section33 11-1729 or 11-1731 of the Fish and Wildlife Law]. 34 [ f.] g. No live wolf, coyote, coydog, fox, skunk, venomous reptile or 35 raccoon shall be possessed or transported, except under a license or 36 permit issued by the department. Every such license or permit shall 37 contain a prominent notice thereon warning the licensee or permittee of 38 his or her duty to exercise due care in safeguarding the public from 39 attack by such wild animal or venomous reptile and that failure to do so 40 is a crime under section three hundred seventy of the agriculture and 41 markets law. The provisions of the opening paragraph of section three 42 hundred seventy of the agriculture and markets law except the last 43 sentence thereof shall be set forth on such license or permit immediate- 44 ly following such warning notice. 45 § 2. Section 11-0911 of the environmental conservation law is amended 46 by adding a new subdivision 6 to read as follows: 47 6. a. The taker may transport the carcass of the bear, for the 48 purposes of harvesting the gallbladder and/or bile, only if the bear tag 49 is attached thereto. 50 b. No person taking, possessing or transporting bear shall fail to 51 comply with the mandatory requirements of this section and section 52 11-0917 of this title. 53 § 3. Section 11-1733 of the environmental conservation law, the undes- 54 ignated paragraph as amended by chapter 432 of the laws of 1997, is 55 amended to read as follows: 56 § 11-1733. Taxidermy.S. 3858--B 3 1 Persons engaged for hire in the business of preparing, stuffing or 2 mounting of skins of fish or wildlife shall keep in their place of busi- 3 ness a [ register] true and complete record, in such form as is required 4 by the commissioner showing the name or description of every specimen 5 received, the date of receipt and the name and address of the person 6 from whom received. In addition, such persons shall also record all bear 7 gallbladders and bile received along with information from the valid 8 bear tag required in paragraph b of subdivision nine of section 11-0917 9 of this article. In the event that such person sells or barters any 10 gallbladder or bile the record shall also include the name and address 11 of the person or persons to whom such items were sold or bartered. Such 12 information shall be reported to the department annually and retained 13 for at least five years. Conservation officers and other persons author- 14 ized by the department shall have access to the register at all times. 15 § 4. Subdivision 2 of section 71-0921 of the environmental conserva- 16 tion law, as separately amended by chapters 313 and 711 of the laws of 17 1980, is amended to read as follows: 18 2. The illegal taking of a bear less than one year old or the taking 19 of a bear by a means or method not permitted by this chapter. Such 20 misdemeanor shall be punishable by imprisonment for not more than one 21 year or by a fine of not more than two thousand dollars, or by both such 22 imprisonment and fine. The sale of bear gallbladder/bile in violation of 23 paragraph b of subdivision nine of section 11-0917 of this chapter shall 24 be punishable by a fine of five thousand dollars per violation. 25 § 5. The department of environmental conservation shall publish infor- 26 mation reported pursuant to section 11-1733 of the environmental conser- 27 vation law on the department's website. Any personally identifying 28 information shall not be included on the website. The department shall 29 also include information, in the publication authorized in section 30 11-0323 of the environmental conservation law, indicating that bear 31 gallbladders and/or bile may not be sold in a manner contrary to section 32 11-0917 of the environmental conservation law. 33 § 6. This act shall take effect January first next succeeding the date 34 on which this act shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the 35 addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary 36 for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized 37 and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.