A03444 Summary:

BILL NOA03444
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORRosenthal L
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add §353-g, Ag & Mkts L
 
Restricts individuals from owning a companion animal after being convicted of certain crimes involving animals.
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A03444 Actions:

BILL NOA03444
 
01/26/2021referred to agriculture
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A03444 Committee Votes:

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A03444 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A03444 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A3444
 
SPONSOR: Rosenthal L
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to restricting individuals from owning a companion animal after being convicted of certain crimes involving animals   PURPOSE: To prohibit convicted animal abusers from owning or caring for companion animals.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends agriculture and markets law by adding a new section 353-g. Section two establishes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Many studies have demonstrated a strong link between animal cruelty and violence against humans. The Chicago Police Department, in a study conducted between 2001 and 2004, found that of all individuals arrested for animal abuse, more than 65% had also been arrested for battery against a person. Many women who enter domestic violence shelters report that their partner abused their pet as well. We also know that many who commit horrendous crimes-, such as murder, have admitted to torturing and killing animals when they were younger. Animal cruelty is a bridge crime with a high rate of recidivism. Under current law, a person who is convicted of animal cruelty in New York State can be released and get a new pet the very same day. States such as Indiana and Colorado have passed laws restricting the ownership of animals for people convicted of animal cruelty; it is time for New York to do the same. This legislation will prohibit anyone convicted of animal cruelty or animal fighting from owning or caring for a companion animal for at least five years, while providing courts the discretion to set a longer time period.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20: A.8837 - Referred to Agriculture   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: 90 days.
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A03444 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          3444
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 26, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Agriculture
 
        AN ACT to  amend  the  agriculture  and  markets  law,  in  relation  to
          restricting  individuals  from  owning  a companion animal after being
          convicted of certain crimes involving animals

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
     2  section 353-g to read as follows:
     3    § 353-g. Restrictions on  companion  animal  ownership.  1.  A  person
     4  convicted  of  violating  section three hundred fifty-one, three hundred
     5  fifty-three, or three hundred fifty-three-a of  this  article  shall  be
     6  prohibited  from  owning,  harboring, possessing, adopting, fostering or
     7  exercising control over a companion animal for a period of  time  to  be
     8  set  at  the discretion of the court. Such time period shall not be less
     9  than five years after such conviction or if applicable,  not  less  than
    10  five  years  after  the  convicted  person's  release from imprisonment,
    11  whichever is longer.
    12    2. For the purposes of this section "companion animal" shall have  the
    13  same  meaning as subdivision five of section three hundred fifty of this
    14  article.
    15    § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
    16  have become a law.
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00941-01-1
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