|SAME AS S00582
|Glick, Aubry, Shimsky, Seawright, Bores, Brown K, McDonough
|Add 399-hhh, Gen Bus L
|Prohibits the sale of sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite to any person under the age of twenty-one.
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6798 SPONSOR: Lee
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting the sale of sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite to any person under the age of twenty-one   PURPOSE: To prevent the sale of sodium nitrite to individuals under the age of   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 creates a new section of the General Business Law to prohibit the sale of sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite to individuals under the age of 2, requires businesses to check ID for the sale of sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite, and creates a fine of up to $250 for a first offense or $500 for subsequent offenses. Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Sodium nitrite is a food additive commonly used to cure meats and poul- try,-but it can also be a fatal poison. It is also increasingly used as a tool for self-harm and suicide. For example, actor Matthew Mindler used sodium nitrate bought for $15 on Amazon to commit suicide. Suicide rates have increased among all age groups since 2009, but no group has suffered a greater percentage increase in that period than those ages 15 to 24, among whom the rate has risen 45%. According to the World Health Organization, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-19 year-olds. This bill will prohibit the sale of sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite to those under 21, and it will require ID checks for anyone that appears to be under the age of 30.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7601 of 2021-2022 (Hoylman): Died in Consumer Protection   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect thirty days after it shall have become a law.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6798 2023-2024 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY May 8, 2023 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. LEE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting the sale of sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite to any person under the age of twenty-one The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 2 399-hhh to read as follows: 3 § 399-hhh. Sale of sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite. 1. No person, 4 corporation, partnership, limited liability company, firm or any other 5 business entity doing business within this state shall sell or offer for 6 sale sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite to any person under the age of 7 twenty-one. 8 2. Any person, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, 9 firm, or any other business entity doing business within the state sell- 10 ing, offering for sale, or distributing sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite 11 shall require proof of legal age prior to allowing an individual to 12 purchase or receive a shipment of sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite. Such 13 identification need not be required of any individual who reasonably 14 appears to be at least thirty years of age, provided, however, that such 15 appearance shall not constitute a defense in any proceeding alleging the 16 sale or distribution of sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite to an individ- 17 ual under twenty-one years of age. 18 3. Any person, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, 19 firm or any other business entity that violates the provisions of this 20 section shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than two hundred 21 fifty dollars for an initial offense and not more than five hundred 22 dollars for the second and each subsequent offense, provided this 23 section shall not be construed to limit any other criminal or civil EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02657-01-3A. 6798 2 1 liability such person, corporation, partnership, limited liability 2 company, firm or other business entity may be subject to under law. 3 § 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall 4 have become a law.