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S07718 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 12, 2018
        Introduced  by  Sen.  BOYLE  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
        AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
          prohibiting  the  issuance  of  permits  authorizing  the  use of wild
          animals and elephants in circuses
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
     2  new section 11-0540 to read as follows:
     3  § 11-0540. Prohibition on the issuance of permits authorizing the use of
     4               wild animals and elephants in circuses.
     5    1. The department shall not issue a permit or license, including,  but
     6  not  limited  to,  an education or exhibition permit or an endangered or
     7  threatened species license, authorizing the exhibition of a wild animal,
     8  or elephant, in a circus, notwithstanding a valid United States  depart-
     9  ment of agriculture license.
    10    2. Such a prohibition shall not apply to:
    11    a. an accredited zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquari-
    12  ums;
    13    b. a wildlife sanctuary.
    14    § 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2020.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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