NEW YORK — New York state lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that would ban plumbing snakes, a growing pest in public restrooms and other public spaces.
The bill passed by a wide margin, and it would prohibit all plumbing snakes — those that can climb walls, burrow into pipes and crawl inside plumbing fixtures.
The bill was sponsored by Assemblywoman Sara Gideon, a Democrat from the Bronx.
The measure also includes measures to restrict plumbing snakes that are in the wild.
“It’s a very invasive species,” Gideon told reporters.
I am very passionate about this issue and I’m glad to be the first legislator to speak up about this.
“The legislation passed the state Senate by a 51-47 vote.
In April, Gov.
Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill into law that bans plumbing snakes in public spaces such as restaurants, hotels and public pools.
New Yorkers are encouraged to report any plumbing snakes they see.