A00142 Summary:

SPONSORRosenthal L
COSPNSRFernandez, Paulin
Amd 809, Ed L
Relates to prohibiting school districts, school principals, administrators, or teachers from requiring, permitting, or conducting a lesson or experimental study using an animal in a hatching project.
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A00142 Actions:

01/06/2021referred to education
01/05/2022referred to education
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A00142 Committee Votes:

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A00142 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A00142 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Rosenthal L
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to animal hatching projects   PURPOSE: This bill will prohibit incubation projects or activities in New York State schools.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends subdivision 5 of section 809 of the education law by adding a new paragraph c. Section two sets forth the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Many primary school teachers use chick-hatching projects as a way to teach their students about life cycles in the classroom. However, schools do not have the proper resources to care for baby chicks during or after the incubation phase. During the incubation process, eggs may hatch on weekends when teachers and administrators are not in school, effectively allowing a baby chick to go unfed for a period of days once it is born. Heat lamps may also be turned off over the weekend, which can cause chicks to die in their shells or become immobile. In other instances, baby chicks die when eggs in the incubator are constantly handled. Schools rarely make accommodations to care for the surviving baby chicks, many of which are born sick, once the on-hands experiment is complete. Baby chicks are left in cardboard boxes without food or water, they are given to overburdened shelters that do not have the capacity to care for sick chicks and most are simply discarded. In an effort to curtail the inhumane use of baby chicks, this bill would prohibit school districts, school principals, administrators or teachers from utilizing animals in hatching projects.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20: A.58 - Referred to Education 2017-18: A.6905 - Referred to Education   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A00142 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 6, 2021
        Introduced  by M. of A. L. ROSENTHAL, FERNANDEZ, PAULIN -- read once and
          referred to the Committee on Education
        AN ACT to amend the  education  law,  in  relation  to  animal  hatching
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 5 of  section  809  of  the  education  law  is
     2  amended by adding a new paragraph c to read as follows:
     3    c.  No  school  district,  school principal, administrator, or teacher
     4  shall require, permit, or conduct a lesson or experimental  study  using
     5  an  animal in a hatching project in any such school or during any activ-
     6  ity conducted under the auspices of  such  school  whether  or  not  the
     7  activity takes place on the premises of such school.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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