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Meeting Name: Committee on Health Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 6/18/2019 10:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - City Hall
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Int 0870-2018 *Joseph C. Borelli  Adoption of shelter animals.IntroductionThis bill would require any full-service animal shelter operated by New York City to post photographs of each adoptable animal within 3 days of receiving such animal, provided that the animal is medically and behaviorally well enough. It would also require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to encourage non-full-service animal shelters to promote the placement of adoptable animals.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0870-2018 *Joseph C. Borelli  Adoption of shelter animals.IntroductionThis bill would require any full-service animal shelter operated by New York City to post photographs of each adoptable animal within 3 days of receiving such animal, provided that the animal is medically and behaviorally well enough. It would also require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to encourage non-full-service animal shelters to promote the placement of adoptable animals.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1202-2018 *Carlina Rivera   Prohibiting the trafficking of wild birds.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit non-exempt individuals from taking or attempting to take any wild bird. Exempt individuals include law enforcement employees or other City employees acting in the scope of their duties, a person authorized by law or permit, or a person attempting to rescue a wild bird. Any person who unlawfully takes a wild bird is subject to a misdemeanor and a fine of no more than $1,000.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1202-2018 *Carlina Rivera   Prohibiting the trafficking of wild birds.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit non-exempt individuals from taking or attempting to take any wild bird. Exempt individuals include law enforcement employees or other City employees acting in the scope of their duties, a person authorized by law or permit, or a person attempting to rescue a wild bird. Any person who unlawfully takes a wild bird is subject to a misdemeanor and a fine of no more than $1,000.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1378-2019 *Carlina Rivera   Banning the sale or provision of certain force-fed poultry products.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit retail food establishments or food service establishments from storing, maintaining, selling, or offering to sell force-fed products or food containing a force-fed product. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that any item with a label or listed on the menu as “foie gras” is the product of force-feeding.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1378-2019 *Carlina Rivera   Banning the sale or provision of certain force-fed poultry products.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit retail food establishments or food service establishments from storing, maintaining, selling, or offering to sell force-fed products or food containing a force-fed product. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that any item with a label or listed on the menu as “foie gras” is the product of force-feeding.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1425-2019 *Keith Powers   Making it unlawful to work carriage horses in certain conditions.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit carriage horses from being worked when the air temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above, or whenever the air temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or above and the equine heat index is 150 or above. Equine heat index is defined as the sum of the air temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, and the relative humidity at a particular point in time.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1425-2019 *Keith Powers   Making it unlawful to work carriage horses in certain conditions.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit carriage horses from being worked when the air temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above, or whenever the air temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or above and the equine heat index is 150 or above. Equine heat index is defined as the sum of the air temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, and the relative humidity at a particular point in time.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1477-2019 *Justin L. Brannan  Prohibition of non-therapeutic, elective or convenience declawing of healthy cats and kittens.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit the elective declawing of healthy kittens and cats for non-therapeutic purposes. Declaw procedures would only be permitted when medically necessary and performed by a licensed veterinarian on a cat or kitten under anesthesia. The penalty for performing a non-therapeutic declaw procedure would be at least $500 or at most $700. A veterinarian who performs a non-therapeutic declaw procedure would be reported to the State Department of Education and Board of Regents for disciplinary action due to unprofessional conduct.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1477-2019 *Justin L. Brannan  Prohibition of non-therapeutic, elective or convenience declawing of healthy cats and kittens.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit the elective declawing of healthy kittens and cats for non-therapeutic purposes. Declaw procedures would only be permitted when medically necessary and performed by a licensed veterinarian on a cat or kitten under anesthesia. The penalty for performing a non-therapeutic declaw procedure would be at least $500 or at most $700. A veterinarian who performs a non-therapeutic declaw procedure would be reported to the State Department of Education and Board of Regents for disciplinary action due to unprofessional conduct.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1478-2019 *Justin L. Brannan  Establishment of an office of animal welfare.IntroductionThis bill would establish an Office of Animal Welfare, headed by a Director appointed by the Mayor. The Department would be vested with the power to advise and assist the Mayor in the coordination and cooperation between agencies relating to animal welfare administration, regulation, management, and programs; review and recommend budget priorities relating to animal welfare; prepare an annual animal welfare report; serve as liaison for the City regarding animal welfare; provide outreach and education on animal welfare programs and humane treatment of animals; and perform other duties the Mayor may assign.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1478-2019 *Justin L. Brannan  Establishment of an office of animal welfare.IntroductionThis bill would establish an Office of Animal Welfare, headed by a Director appointed by the Mayor. The Department would be vested with the power to advise and assist the Mayor in the coordination and cooperation between agencies relating to animal welfare administration, regulation, management, and programs; review and recommend budget priorities relating to animal welfare; prepare an annual animal welfare report; serve as liaison for the City regarding animal welfare; provide outreach and education on animal welfare programs and humane treatment of animals; and perform other duties the Mayor may assign.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1496-2019 *Justin L. Brannan  Retrieval of companion animals by an animal shelter after an eviction or order or judgment granting legal possession.IntroductionThis bill would require an animal shelter, directed by a sheriff or city marshal executing a warrant of eviction or any order or judgment granting legal possession, to retrieve a companion animal from such premises as expeditiously as possible after receiving such direction. The legislation also provides a cause of action to any person claiming to be denied possession of their companion animal by a landlord still in possession of such companion animal, and grants them the following possible relief against the landlord: compensatory and punitive damages; injunctive and declaratory relief; an order of seizure; and attorney’s fees and costs.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1496-2019 *Justin L. Brannan  Retrieval of companion animals by an animal shelter after an eviction or order or judgment granting legal possession.IntroductionThis bill would require an animal shelter, directed by a sheriff or city marshal executing a warrant of eviction or any order or judgment granting legal possession, to retrieve a companion animal from such premises as expeditiously as possible after receiving such direction. The legislation also provides a cause of action to any person claiming to be denied possession of their companion animal by a landlord still in possession of such companion animal, and grants them the following possible relief against the landlord: compensatory and punitive damages; injunctive and declaratory relief; an order of seizure; and attorney’s fees and costs.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1498-2019 *Fernando Cabrera   Requiring the NYPD to report data regarding animal cruelty complaints.IntroductionThis bill would require the Police Department to publish semi-annual public reports on complaints and investigation of animal cruelty allegations. Specifically, the Department would report on the number of animal cruelty complaints received and arrests issued.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1498-2019 *Fernando Cabrera   Requiring the NYPD to report data regarding animal cruelty complaints.IntroductionThis bill would require the Police Department to publish semi-annual public reports on complaints and investigation of animal cruelty allegations. Specifically, the Department would report on the number of animal cruelty complaints received and arrests issued.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1502-2019 *Robert F. Holden  Welfare of shelter animals.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to report information concerning the conditions of euthanized shelter animals, the specific reason each such animal is euthanized, and the efforts made by animal shelters to avoid such disposition. This bill would also create a task force that would include member representatives from the City’s community of animal welfare advocates for the purpose of developing and recommending animal shelter best practices to promote the welfare of shelter animals.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1502-2019 *Robert F. Holden  Welfare of shelter animals.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to report information concerning the conditions of euthanized shelter animals, the specific reason each such animal is euthanized, and the efforts made by animal shelters to avoid such disposition. This bill would also create a task force that would include member representatives from the City’s community of animal welfare advocates for the purpose of developing and recommending animal shelter best practices to promote the welfare of shelter animals.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1567-2019 *Mark Gjonaj   Increased fines and penalties for animal abuse.IntroductionThis legislation would increase the fine and civil penalties for persons engaging in animal abuse. Specifically, the legislation would increase fines for persons restraining animals outside for longer than three continuous hours in any continuous 12 hour period for up to $500 for the first offense, up to $750 for any subsequent offense, and up to an additional $1000 civil penalty. It would also prohibit animal abuse, punishable with a fine up to $500 for the first offense and up to $750 for any subsequent offense, and an additional civil penalty for up to $1000.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1567-2019 *Mark Gjonaj   Increased fines and penalties for animal abuse.IntroductionThis legislation would increase the fine and civil penalties for persons engaging in animal abuse. Specifically, the legislation would increase fines for persons restraining animals outside for longer than three continuous hours in any continuous 12 hour period for up to $500 for the first offense, up to $750 for any subsequent offense, and up to an additional $1000 civil penalty. It would also prohibit animal abuse, punishable with a fine up to $500 for the first offense and up to $750 for any subsequent offense, and an additional civil penalty for up to $1000.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1570-2019 *Mark Levine  Bordetella vaccination for dogs.IntroductionThis bill would ensure that dogs entering kennels, businesses, or establishments need to be in compliance with the New York City Health Code, which requires the dog be vaccinated for bordetella.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1570-2019 *Mark Levine  Bordetella vaccination for dogs.IntroductionThis bill would ensure that dogs entering kennels, businesses, or establishments need to be in compliance with the New York City Health Code, which requires the dog be vaccinated for bordetella.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1598-2019 *Robert F. Holden  Proper disposal of deceased animals.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide information regarding city services available for the proper disposal of deceased animals, and to post such information online.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1598-2019 *Robert F. Holden  Proper disposal of deceased animals.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide information regarding city services available for the proper disposal of deceased animals, and to post such information online.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Res 0379-2018 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Recognize “Meatless Monday” in NYC.Resolution Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Res 0379-2018 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Recognize “Meatless Monday” in NYC.Resolution Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Res 0798-2019 *Justin L. Brannan  Amend the agriculture and markets law and the general business law, in relation to the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits. (A6298/S4234)Resolution Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Res 0798-2019 *Justin L. Brannan  Amend the agriculture and markets law and the general business law, in relation to the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits. (A6298/S4234)Resolution Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Res 0921-2019 *Laurie A. Cumbo  Provide a tax credit to each taxpayer who adopts a household pet from a shelter. (A.286)Resolution Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Res 0921-2019 *Laurie A. Cumbo  Provide a tax credit to each taxpayer who adopts a household pet from a shelter. (A.286)Resolution Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Res 0977-2019 *Robert F. Holden PreconsideredPreventing Animal Cruelty Torture Act, otherwise known as the PACT Act. (H.R. 724 and S. 479)Resolution Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Not available
Res 0977-2019 *Robert F. Holden  Preventing Animal Cruelty Torture Act, otherwise known as the PACT Act. (H.R. 724 and S. 479)Resolution P-C Item Laid Over by Comm  Action details Not available