The headlines read " YOU CAN NOW BE BURIED WITH YOUR PET". But only in limited circumstances. S2582/A2647 was signed yesterday by the Governor and provides:
"Section 1. Section 1502 of the not-for-profit corporation law is amended by adding a new paragraph (q) to read as follows:
(Q) THE TERM "PET CREMATED REMAINS" MEANS ASHES AND/OR OTHER RESIDUE RECOVERED AFTER THE COMPLETION OF CREMATION OF ANY DOMESTIC ANIMAL THAT HAS BEEN ADAPTED OR TAMED TO LIVE IN INTIMATE ASSOCIATION WITH PEOPLE WHERE SUCH CREMATION HAS OCCURRED AT A PET CREMATORIUM AS DEFINED IN SECTION SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY-A OF THE GENERAL BUSINESS LAW.
S 2. Section 1510 of the not-for-profit corporation law is amended by adding a new paragraph (n) to read as follows:
(N) INTERMENT OF PET CREMATED REMAINS. THE INTERMENT OF PET CREMATED REMAINS IN A CEMETERY CORPORATION SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO A LOT OWNER ONLY IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE THE INTERMENT IS INCIDENTAL TO THE BURIAL OF HUMAN REMAINS AND WHERE AUTHORIZATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT FROM THE CEMETERY CORPORATION. THE CEMETERY CORPORATION SHALL PROVIDE A LIST OF APPROVED CHARGES FOR THE INTERMENT OF SUCH REMAINS. ALL PAYMENTS RECEIVED FOR INTERMENT OF SUCH REMAINS SHALL BE DEPOSITED IN THE CEMETERY CORPORATION'S PERMANENT MAINTENANCE FUND. PET CREMATED REMAINS MUST BE DISPOSED OF BY PLACING THEM IN A GRAVE, CRYPT, OR NICHE. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL OBLIGATE A CEMETERY CORPORATION TO ALLOW INTERMENT OF SUCH CREMATED PET REMAINS WHERE PRIOR APPROVAL AT THE TIME OF SALE OR IN ADVANCE OF NEED HAS NOT BEEN RECEIVED. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO AN INCORPORATED OR UNINCORPORATED CEME- TERY OPERATED, SUPERVISED OR CONTROLLED BY A RELIGIOUS CORPORATION OR A LOT, PLOT OR PART THEREOF WHOSE RECORD OWNER IS AN INCORPORATED OR UNIN- CORPORATED RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION OR SOCIETY.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately."
"Section 1 of the bill amends Section 1502 of Article 15 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law to add a new definition of pet cremated remains.
Section 2 of the bill amends Section 1510 of Article 15 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law to add a new subdivision to provide the option for the interment of pet cremated remains in a cemetery corporation only in those instances where the interment is incidental to the burial of human remains and where authorization has been provided in a written statement from the cemetery corporation.
The provisions of this section make it clear that this bill does not apply to an incorporated or unincorporated cemetery operated, supervised or controlled by a religious corporation or a lot, plot or part thereof whose record owner is an incorporated or unincorporated religious association or society. Under the provisions of this section, a cemetery is not obligated to allow for such interments, however, the legislation provides a regulated option for such disposition.
Section 3 of the bill states that this legislation shall take effect immediately."