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2013 State Legislative Sessions Calendar
National Conference of State Legislatures. This calendar lists the dates state legislatures will convene and adjourn along with any special sessions.
AB 1213 Sponsor: Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Bobcat Protection Act of 2013.
Adds bobcat to the list of fur-bearing mammals. Makes it unlawful to trap any bobcat, or attempt to do so, sell or export any bobcat or any part thereof taken in the state, or to receive, transport, or possess any bobcat or any part or product thereof. Status: From Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water: Do pass to Committee on Appropriations on June 25.
BR 79. Prefiled by Sponsor Representative Ron Crimm (09/16/13).
To forfeit ownership of animals involved in cruelty and torture cases and prohibit ownership or possession of animals of the same species for two years. Status: Referred to Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary
S.807 An Act establishing an animal abuse registry.
Sponsors: Bruce E. Tarr, Bruce J. Ayers, Richard J. Ross and Michael R. Knapik.
Establish and maintain a central computerized registry within the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services of all persons convicted of an animal abuse crime; annual registration fee of $50; failure to register creates another crime. All animal shelters, pet stores, and animal breeders in Massachusetts are required to check the register; failure to do so is punishable by a fine of not less than $1,000 or imprisonment for a period of not more than one year for a first offense. Status: Referred to Joint Committee on the Judiciary.
MICHIGAN. House Bill 4535 Animal Abuse Offenders Registry
Sponsor Rep. Harvey Santana (D-Detroit); cosponsor Paul Muxlow (R-83). Introduced 4/10/13. Persons 18 years or older convicted of animal cruelty to be registered in database and to remain in database for 4 years. Annual registration fee of $250. Failure to register is a crime punishable by up to 1 year in prison and fines. Database information to be maintained by State Police and made available to the public. Shelters, humane societies or pounds that sell to a person registered in the database are subject to fines and imprisonment.
Referred to Judiciary
MICHIGAN. SB 117 Puppy Protection Act
Rick Jones - (primary)Steven Bieda, Tory Rocca, Tonya Schuitmaker, Glenn Anderson, John Proos, Michael Kowall, John Pappageorge, James Marleau. Establishes regulations for commercial kennels defined as a kennel where more than 15 female intact dogs are housed for the purpose of breeding; caps ownership at 50. Places limit of 1 litter in any 12-month period. 1/30/2013 Assigned to Senate Agriculture
MICHIGAN. SB 118 Puppy Protection Act
Steven Bieda - (primary) Rick Jones, Tonya Schuitmaker, Glenn Anderson, John Proos, Michael Kowall, John Pappageorge, James Marleau. Tied bill to SB 0117 that establishes $500 site inspection fee for commercial kennels. 1/30/2013 Assigned to Senate Agriculture
MINNESOTA. SF 36 Dog and cat breeders standards of care Assigned to the Senate Jobs, Agriculture, and Rural Development Committee. Establish licensing and care standards for breeders who own ten or more adult intact animals and whose animals produce more than five total litters of puppies per year.
MINNESOTA. HF 84 Dog and cat breeder licensing and inspection
Assigned to Civil Law Committee. Establish licensing and care standards for breeders who own ten or more adult intact animals and whose animals produce more than five total litters of puppies per year. Broadly defines hobby breeder and requires them to register with the state. Penalties: a single correction order may assess a maximum administrative penalty of $5,000. PASSED committee Feb. 14 by voice vote 66-61; referred to Public Safety Finance and Policy.
2/25/13 PASSED Public Safety Committee and referred to Government Operations
UPDATE 3/6/13. Re-referred to Agriculture Policy
NEW YORK. A00239 Animal Cruelty and Animal Fighting Database Sponsor Linda Rosenthal (D, 67). Introduced 1/9/13 and referred to Agriculture. UPDATE 5/7/13. Referred to codes.
NEW YORK. A02905 Animal Abuser Registry Sponsor McDonough (MS); Raia, Curran. Establishes a registry to be maintained by the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Introduced 1/23/13 and referred to Agriculture.
PENNSYLVANIA. SB 1126.
Amend Dog Law of October 9, 2008 Sponsors: Senators Dinniman (D-Chester), Alloway (R-Franklin), Erickson (R-Chester/Delaware), Vogel (R-Allegheny) and Greenleaf (R-Bucks/Montgomery)
Introduced October 10, 2013 SB1126 amends the Dog Law by moving responsibility from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Health. The Department of Health would carry out all the administrative and oversight tasks currently required by the Dog Law, including the regulation of dog kennels; the collection of complaints and tips alleging violations of the Dog Law; the seizure of dogs from illegal, unlicensed kennels; and the collection of dog-license, kennel and out-of-state-dealers fees. Senators Dinniman and Alloway stated with Dog Law enforcement in the Department of Agriculture, dogs are treated as any other agricultural product and moving them under the responsibility of the Department of Health correctly changes the focus to health, welfare and safety. Referred to Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs
PENNSYLVANIA. HB 41.
Cruelty to Animals - Dog Tethering. Prime sponsor Mario M. Scavello (R-176). Referred to JUDICIARY Jan. 8, 2013.
PENNSYLVANIA. SB 320 Animal Abuse Registry and Fund. Sponsor Sen. Farnese (D, 1). Introduced and Referred to JUDICIARY Jan. 25, 2013 [Senate]
Cosponsors: STACK, ERICKSON, RAFFERTY, HUGHES, TEPLITZ, BREWSTER, BOSCOLA, SOLOBAY, COSTA, WARD, SMITH and WILEY
Establishes an animal abuser registry for an individual (age not defined) who is convicted of animal cruelty or an attempt to commit animal cruelty. Information will be kept on the registry for ten years. Any individual with two or more convictions set forth under the registration requirements are subject to lifetime registration. Failure to register is a felony of the third degree. $50 registry fee. Bill establishes a registry fund to cover the administration of the registry by county sheriffs and the Pennsylvania State Police.
SOUTH CAROLINA. H. 3045 Animal Abuser Registration and Community Notification. A person over eighteen years of age who has been convicted of a felony violation of animal cruelty must register with the county sheriff for inclusion in an animal abuser registry database and register annually for 15 years. Failure to register is a felony punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 5 years. 1/8/13 Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
VERMONT. S. 9 Animal Abuser Registry. Introduced by Sen. Tim Ashe (Progressive/Dem, Chittenden). Session Adjourned May 17
WASHINGTON. HB 1786 Animal Abuser Registry. Sponsors: Representatives Stanford, Moscoso, Fitzgibbon, Lytton, Ryu. The registry to be maintained by the attorney general and made available for public inquiry on the internet. Introduced 02/08/13 and referred to Judiciary
WEST VIRGINIA.Control of Potentially Dangerous Wild Animals HB 2209. Introduced by Delegate Manypenny (D-Taylor). Control of Potentially Dangerous Wild Animals. Establishes a list of potentially dangerous animals including reptiles, large cats, wolves, and other mammals. Prohibits ownership, possession, custody, control, and breeding of the specified animals. Referred to House Natural Resources
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WEST VIRGINIA. S 468 Animal Abuser Registry. Sponsors: John Unger (D, 16); William Laird (D, 10); Ron Stollings (D - Boone, 07); Herb Snyder (D - Jefferson, 16); Rocky Fitzsimmons (D - Ohio, 01); and Senate President Jeffrey Kessler (D, 02). West Virginia State Police to establish and maintain a central computerized registry of all persons convicted of an animal abuse crime. The State Police will be required to make information contained in the Registry available to the public through the Internet, by telephone, by written access and in person. Breeders, shelters, and pet stores must check the registry before selling any animal; failure to do so punishable by $1,000 fine for 1st offense and $10,000 fine for second offense. Referred to Judiciary 3/16/2013.
Archive - previous tracking sheets
2012 brought a number of animal abuser registry bills. Perhaps the most notable legislation was the HSUS engineered ban on bear and bobcat hunting with hounds in California. Lawmakers also passed a ban on exotic animal ownership in Ohio.2012 legislation tracking spreadsheet
2011 was filled with a diversity of legislation and included a large number of very dangerous bills to establish Animal Abuser Registries. ALL animal abuser registry bills were defeated.
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2010 legislation included numerous bills to restrict tethering; increase penalties for animal cruelty to felonies; and of course regulate dog breeding under so called "puppy mill" bills.
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2009 legislation included commercial breeder bills and confinement bills similar to California's Prop2.
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