A09809 Summary:

BILL NO    A09809 

SAME AS    SAME AS S07637

SPONSOR    Rosenthal

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Add S1264-a, Pub Auth L

Authorizes domestic companion animals be permitted to board any commuter
transportation operated by the metropolitan transportation authority or any of
its subsidiaries in the event of a state of emergency and evacuation.
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A09809 Actions:

BILL NO    A09809 

05/23/2014 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
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A09809 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A9809

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to authorizing domestic companion animals to be permitted to
board any commuter transportation operated by the metropolitan
transportation authority or any of its subsidiaries in the event of a
state emergency and evacuation of a region

PURPOSE:  To authorize domestic companion animals be permitted to
board any commuter transportation operated by the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority (MTA) in the event of a state of emergency or
evacuation.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the public authorities law by adding a new section
1264-a, State of Emergency; boarding of a commuter transportation by
domestic companion animals.

Section 2 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:  During Superstorm Sandy, many pet owners refused to
evacuate when requested because they could not take their companion
animals with them to safety. This situation to refuse evacuation not
only jeopardized the lives of residents and defenseless pets, but also
the emergency-personnel struggling to evacuate them.

This bill would authorize the MTA to allow pet owners to board any
public transportation service during a declared state of emergency.
This bill would provide a reasonable, common sense approach to public
and animal safety.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:  This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after
it shall have become a law.
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