The New York Daily News reports that the New York State Assembly voted unanimously in favor of a bill (A07707) that would prohibit the possession, sale, offering for sale, trade or distribution of shark fins in the state of New York. The Senate bill (S6431) was passed in April, and the bill now heads to Governor Andrew Cuomo for review. If the bill is signed into law by Gov. Cuomo, the shark fin ban will go into effect on July 1, 2014.
The Delaware Senate also passed a bill (HB 41) that would "forbid possession, sale, offer for sale, and distribution of shark fins in the State of Delaware." The bill was passed by the House in April and is now awaiting the signature of Governor Jack Markell.