PENDING STATE LEGISLATION:

State Legislatures Still in Session for 2017: MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, WI. 

California adjourns today (9/15), but pending legislation will carry over to 2018. 

CA AB 485

Requires pet store operators to only sell dogs, cats, and rabbits obtained from a shelter or rescue group. Would be effective Jan. 1, 2019.

9/13/17: PASSED SENATE. Heading to Governor Brown for signature.


MA HB 418

Prohibits the use of elephants in traveling animal acts. Companion bill to MA SB 1898.

5/2/17: Hearing held before Joint Committee; no vote taken.

11/15/17, bills carry over to 2018 session


MA HB 2290

An Act changing the legal status of pets from personal property to companion animals.

7/18/17: hearing was held before the J oint Committee on the Judiciary

11/15/17, bills carry over to 2018 session


MA HB 3561

An Act relative to the importation of animals for rescue, shelter, foster, adoption, or remote sale. Requires organizations to apply for import registrations through the Department of Agricultural Resources.

1/23/17: referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

9/12/17: hearing held

11/15/17, bills carry over to 2018 session


MA SB 460

An Act to prevent animal suffering by irresponsible breeding practices.

1/23/17: referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

9/12/17: hearing held

11/15/17, bills carry over to 2018 session


MA SB 470

An Act banning the sale of dogs and cats in commercial pet shops

1/23/17: Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

9/12/17: hearing held


MA SB 490

To protect wild and exotic animals from cruel and inhumane treatment, and to protect the public from dangers inherent to traveling exhibitions and acts featuring wild and exotic animals.

5/2/17: Hearing held before Joint Committee; no vote taken.

11/15/17, bills carry over to 2018 session


MA S 1898

Prohibits the use of elephants in traveling animal acts. Also MA HB 418.

5/2/17: Hearing held before Joint Committee; no vote taken.

11/15/17, bills carry over to 2018 session


NJ A 430

Requires registration and reporting to prevent illegal trade of tigers.

1/27/16: Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. (Carried over from 2016.)

1/9/18


NJ A 437

Revises criteria for determining a vicious/potentially dangerous dog.

1/27/16: Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. (Carried over from 2016.)

1/9/18


NJ A 1876

Responsible Dog Ownership Act; leashing and fencing requirements.

1/27/16: Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. (Carried over from 2016.)

1/9/18


NJ A 2594

Prohibits the use of exotic, non-domestic, or wild animals in traveling performances and exhibitions.

2/8/16: Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee (carried over from 2016).

1/9/18


NJ A 4386

“Nosey’s Law” – prohibits the use of elephants in traveling animal acts. See also NJ S 2508.

12/12/16: Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.


NJ A 4722

Establishes certain requirements concerning animal rescue organizations, breeders, importation of dogs and cats, and sale or adoption of dogs and cats.

3/20/17: Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

1/9/18


NJ S 323

Requires liability insurance for permit to possess certain dangerous animals.

5/15/17: reported from Commerce Committee with amendments

1/9/18


NJ S 2508

“Nosey’s Law” – prohibits the use of elephants in traveling animal acts. See also NJ A 4396.

10/20/16: Passed Senate by vote of 32-5 and referred to Assembly Agriculture Committee.

1/9/18


NY A 464

“Elephant Protection Act” – prohibits the use of elephants in entertainment.

6/5/17: substituted for SB 2098. Passed Assembly and returned to Senate.

12/31/17

NY A 3517

Prohibits circuses from conducting shows or other performances in the state for two years where a circus has been found to be in violation or in non-compliance with the AWA.

1/27/17: Referred to Economic Development Committee

12/31/17


NY S 1283

Prohibits tethering, restraining, caging or penning of dogs or animals between 7:00PM-6:00AM; pen or cage must be 4x the height/length of dog/animal.

1/9/17: Referred to Agriculture Committee

12/31/17


NY S 2098

“Elephant Protection Act” – prohibits the use of elephants in entertainment.

6/6/17: Passed Assembly and returned to Senate.

12/31/17


NY S 5426

Would prohibit circuses from conducting shows or other performances in the state for two years where a circus has been found to be in violation/non-compliance with the Animal Welfare Act of 1966.

6/5/17: passed third reading and sent to Rules Committee. Committed to Rules on 6/21.




 

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