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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The end of the New York legislative session brings the passage of hundreds of bills. Most fly under the radar, and many address things that most New Yorkers probably didn't know were legal or illegal until legislators sought to change the law.

Here's five of them:

Did you know you could legally tattoo or get a piercing for your dog or cat?

It can be done, but probably not for long. A bill has passed the Senate and Assembly that would ban tattooing and piercing of companion animals. Says Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan: "Companion animals, such as dogs and cats, will no longer be subject to the selfish whims of their owners."

In Buffalo, you can't get a plea bargain on traffic tickets.

The Senate passed legislation that would let Buffalo give people who get a traffic ticket a plea bargain. The bill heads to the Assembly. Buffalo is the only place in the state that doesn't allow for a plea deal, says Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo.

Loopholes in NY law make it difficult to prosecute sexual harassment of unpaid interns.

A bill passed the Legislature this week that would close the loopholes, and it heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk.

Candidates for office can be poll watchers.

What? Current election law doesn't prohibit candidates from serving as poll watchers in their home districts. The Legislature passed a law to ban it, saying it can lead to intimidation of voters.

When your kids holds a sparkler on the 4th of July, it's technically illegal.

Sparklers aren't allowed in New York, nor are any other fireworks, but the offense is rarely prosecuted -- there have been 63 convictions since 1956. Lawmakers are trying for a third time to make some fireworks legal; Cuomo has vetoed similar bills twice.



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