Bill Text: NY A03871 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires chain restaurants to place a salt-shaker-like symbol on menus next to food items that contain more than two thousand three hundred milligrams of sodium.

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 14-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-31 - referred to health [A03871 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A03871-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 31, 2019
        Introduced  by M. of A. ORTIZ -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Health
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation  to  requiring  chain
          restaurants to label menu items that have a high content of sodium
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding  a  new  section
     2  1356 to read as follows:
     3    §  1356.  Chain  restaurants;  sodium  content  of  menu items. 1. For
     4  purposes of this section the following terms shall  have  the  following
     5  meanings:
     6    a.  "Chain restaurant" shall mean a restaurant which is one of fifteen
     7  or more restaurants that are operated under the same name  at  different
     8  locations  within the state and are operated under the same ownership or
     9  by franchise agreements.
    10    b. "Restaurant" shall mean any commercial eating  establishment  which
    11  is  devoted,  wholly  or  in  part,  to the sale of food for on-premises
    12  consumption.
    13    2. Every chain restaurant operating within this state shall  cause  to
    14  be  placed  on its menus a salt-shaker-like symbol next to any food item
    15  that is offered for sale by such restaurant that contains more than  two
    16  thousand  three  hundred  milligrams  of  sodium.  Such menus shall also
    17  contain a statement that the placement of such  salt-shaker-like  symbol
    18  next to a menu item indicates that such menu item contains more than two
    19  thousand three hundred milligrams of sodium.
    20    3.  Any  chain restaurant that violates the provisions of this section
    21  shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than two  hundred  fifty
    22  dollars for each menu that does not comply with the requirements of this
    23  section.
    24    §  2.  The provisions of this act shall not apply to chain restaurants
    25  located in any city with a population of one  million  or  more  on  and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 3871                             2
     1  after  the  date  on  which  such  city, or any department of such city,
     2  adopts or enacts, a rule, regulation, ordinance,  local  law,  order  or
     3  policy  having the same or substantially similar effect as the provision
     4  of this act; provided, however, that any restaurant located in such city
     5  shall  be  used  in calculating the number of restaurants located within
     6  this state for purposes of paragraph a of subdivision 1 of section  1356
     7  of the public health law as added by section one of this act.
     8    §  3.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
     9  have become a law.