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Leash Law, Yes. Gas Pump Protection, Later Maybe

Hauppauge - (WALK) Lawmakers in Suffolk adopted a measure to protect animals from abuse, but tabled a bill meant to protect consumers at the gasoline pump during their session Tuesday in Hauppauge.

The bill to protect animals from abuse and neglect would forbid anyone responsible for the welfare of an animal to keep it tied up outdoors for more than two hours during any 12-hour period. The bill, if signed into law, would also limit the weight and length of chains and restrict the use of choke collars or other devices that can cut off an animal's oxygen supply.

Violators could face fines of up to $500, according to the bill's sponsor, Legislator Lou D'Amaro (D-Huntington Station).

A bill to warn consumers about wide differences between cash-or-credit prices at the gas pump was pulled by its sponsor, Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) Tuesday.  The measure was criticized as unnecessary at best, too far-reaching and anti-business at worst.  The bill was tabled 13- 5, Tuesday.

Supporters of notification say the cash/credit gap can be more than a dollar, potentially adding up $20 to the price of a fill-up for an unsuspecting consumers lured by the price-per-gallon posted on large signs outside of service stations. Schneiderman says he will revise the proposed law and try again.

In other decisions Tuesday: Lawmakers approved a local law to designate June 21 as "Discover County Parks Day," and the Legislature approved an "emergency" resolution to confirm Dr. Michael Caplain as chief medical officer for a full six-year term with an annual a salary of $250,000. Caplain was chosen for the post by County Executive Steve Bellone.  The Legislature must still ratify Caplain's appointment.

The Suffolk Legislature's full agenda is available online at http://legis.suffolkcountyny.gov/

Photo: Derek Jensen


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