Gov. Hochul Signs Two Key Legislative Initiatives

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On Saturday, October 30th, Governor Kathy Hochul signed two of the Federation’s 2021 legislative priorities–S.4254 (Gianaris)/A.4075 (Glick) which prohibits insurers from discriminating against homeowners with certain breeds of dogs and S.5023A (Gianaris)/A.5823-A (Rosenthal) which requires veterinarians to report suspected animal cruelty.

Federation Executive Director was quoted in Governor Hochul’s press release saying “With the power of her pen, Governor Hochul took two major steps forward for companion animals today. By signing the bill which requires veterinarians to report animal abuse, the partnership between animal welfare, the veterinary community and humane law enforcement is made even stronger. With the insurance discrimination bill being made law, homeowners will no longer be forced to choose between beloved family pets or having their homes insured. The Federation thanks Governor Hochul, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal for their leadership on shepherding these bills and protecting companion animals in our state.”