A01170 Summary:

BILL NOA01170
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORRosenthal L
 
COSPNSRGottfried
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 6714, Ed L
 
Requires veterinarians to report suspected animal cruelty to the police, duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, peace officer, district attorney's office, animal control officer, department of agriculture and markets, or other appropriate government agency and to turn over necessary records.
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A01170 Actions:

BILL NOA01170
 
01/14/2019referred to higher education
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A01170 Committee Votes:

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A01170 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A01170 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1170
 
SPONSOR: Rosenthal L
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to mandating the reporting of suspected animal cruelty by veterinarians   PURPOSE: This bill adopts the gold standard in prevention of animal abuse by mandating that veterinarians report suspected abuse to authorities.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends Paragraphs a and b of subdivision 2 of section 6714 of the education law, as added by chapter 653 of the laws of 2003. Section two sets forth the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Frequently cases of animal abuse go unaddressed because they are not brought to the attention of authorities. In some instances, a veterina- rian treating an abused or neglected animal might be the only person who witnesses the results of the abuse or neglect. If a veterinarian reasonably and in good faith suspects that a companion animal's injury, illness or condition is the result of animal cruelty, the veterinarian should be required to report the incident and disclose records concerning the companion animal's condition and treatment to the police or other appropriate government agency or any agent thereof. This legislation changes the current law which "allows" veterinarians to report and disclose records of suspected abuse, to "requiring" veterina- rians to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect. Veterinarians are medical professionals with a duty to care and protect animals. When, in their professional judgment, they suspect cases of abuse or neglect, they should be required to report it.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017-18: A.4904 - Referred to Higher Education; S.621 - Referred to Higher Education 2015-16: A.9346 - Referred to Higher Education; S.6659 - Referred to Higher Education   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.
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A01170 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1170
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 14, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. L. ROSENTHAL, GOTTFRIED -- read once and referred
          to the Committee on Higher Education
 
        AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to mandating the report-
          ing of suspected animal cruelty by veterinarians
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1. Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subdivision 2 of section 6714 of
     2  the education law, as added by chapter 653 of  the  laws  of  2003,  are
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    (a)  When  a veterinarian reasonably and in good faith suspects that a
     5  companion animal's injury, illness or condition is the result of  animal
     6  cruelty  or  a  violation  of any state or federal law pertaining to the
     7  care, treatment, abuse or neglect of a companion animal, the veterinari-
     8  an [may] shall report the incident and disclose records  concerning  the
     9  companion  animal's condition and treatment to the police, duly incorpo-
    10  rated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals,  peace  officer,
    11  district  attorney's office, animal control officer, department of agri-
    12  culture and markets, other appropriate government agency, or  any  agent
    13  thereof.
    14    (b) When a veterinarian reasonably believes that disclosure of records
    15  as  defined  in  this  section,  is  necessary  to protect the health or
    16  welfare of a companion animal, a person or the public, the  veterinarian
    17  [may] shall disclose such records to the police, duly incorporated soci-
    18  ety  for  the  prevention  of  cruelty to animals, peace officer, animal
    19  control officer, department of agriculture and markets, other  appropri-
    20  ate government agency, or any agent thereof.
    21    §  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
    22  have become a law.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03390-01-9
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