2020 Legislation Update #2

Schedule Change
Sorry for all the changes. In trying to give us the most lead time on these bills, we published the schedule as it was shared, but not final. This should be final for hearings with the House Environment & Agriculture Committee (at least for 1/16).
Note: 2 critical bills bumped to first day of hearings. Please let me know your availability and comments.
I have also added DOGS position in red next to each bill.
1/16 in Legislative Office Building 303
10:30 am – HB 1627, creating an animal health certificate database. Support if personal data can be secure
11:30 am – HB 1117, relative to penalties for dog theft and tampering with a dog’s radio collar. Support
12:00 pm – HB 1387, prohibiting the declawing of cats. Oppose
1:30 pm – HB 1683, prohibiting the docking of dog tails and the cropping of dog ears. Oppose
3:15 pm – HB 1389, relative to criminal penalties for not providing adequate food, water, and shelter for animals. Oppose
2/4
10:30 am – HB 1388, prohibiting the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in retail stores. Oppose
11:30 am – HB 1187, relative to animal shelter facilities. Recommend combining with HB 1448; Amendment to be drafted and shared
3:00 pm – HB 1448, relative to animal health certificates and requiring dogs imported into the state for transfer to be tested for Brucella canis. Support
2/18
2:15 pm – HB 1449, defining animal hoarding. Support but needs additional work
2/20
1:45 pm – HB 1630, relative to pet vendors. Support

 

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2020 Legislation Update #1

Happy New Year! We have a big year ahead of us. Below please find the full list of bills we are monitoring. 
There are 6 bills tentatively scheduled for public hearings on January 16th with the Environment & Agriculture Committee. Please check your schedule and let me know if you plan to attend, if you will testify and the general theme of your testimony. 
 
Here is the tentative schedule:

 

10:30AM – HB 1627, creating an animal health certificate database
11:15AM – Break
11:30AM – HB 1117, relative to penalties for dog theft and tampering with a dog’s radio collar
12PM – HB 1387, prohibiting the declawing of cats
12:45PM – Lunch
1:30PM – HB 1187, relative to animal shelter facilities.
2:15PM – HB 1388, prohibiting the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in retail stores
3PM – Break
3:15PM – HB 1448, relative to animal health certificates and requiring dogs imported into the state for transfer to be tested for Brucella canis
Thank you all for your support as we continue to fight the bad guys in honor of our animals!
Full List of 2020 Bills
HB513
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to allowing the use of therapy animals or facility dogs for therapeutic purposes in proceedings involving children or certain other persons.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: REGULAR CALENDAR
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseJudiciary
Next/Last Hearing: 01/29/2019 at 02:00 PM    LOB Room 208

HB1117 -FN
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to penalties for dog theft and tampering with a dog’s radio collar.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseEnvironment and Agriculture
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1123
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to reporting a collision between a cat and a motor vehicle.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseTransportation
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1164
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: concerning support for cats and dogs that are neglected or treated cruelly.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseJudiciary
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1187
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to animal shelter facilities.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseEnvironment and Agriculture
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1277 -FN-L
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: requiring notice to owners of dogs that have failed to license their dog or renew their dog license.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseMunicipal and County Government
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1339
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to damage to crops or livestock done by animals.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseFish and Game and Marine Resources
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1381
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to animals in motor vehicles.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseJudiciary
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1387
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: prohibiting the declawing of cats.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseEnvironment and Agriculture
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1388
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: prohibiting the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in retail stores.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseEnvironment and Agriculture
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1389 -FN
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to criminal penalties for not providing adequate food, water, and shelter for animals.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseEnvironment and Agriculture
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1391 -FN
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to prohibiting discrimination in housing against persons with pets.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseJudiciary
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1448
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to animal health certificates and requiring dogs imported into the state for transfer to be tested for Brucella canis.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseEnvironment and Agriculture
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1449
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: defining animal hoarding.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseEnvironment and Agriculture
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1483
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to allowing dogs on open air restaurant patios.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseCommerce and Consumer Affairs
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1542
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to children, vulnerable adults, and animals in hot vehicles.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseJudiciary
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1560 -FN
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to the criminal penalties for certain negligent actions which cause the death of an animal.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseCriminal Justice and Public Safety
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1602 -FN-L
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: establishing a registry for persons convicted of animal cruelty.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseCriminal Justice and Public Safety
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1606 -FN
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to cruelty to a wild animal, fish, or wild bird.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseFish and Game and Marine Resources
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1627 -FN
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: creating an animal health certificate database.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseEnvironment and Agriculture
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1630 -FN
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to pet vendors.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseEnvironment and Agriculture
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

HB1683 -FN
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: prohibiting the docking of dog tails and the cropping of dog ears.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseEnvironment and Agriculture
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified

SB450
Session Year 2020
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to brew pubs allowing customers to bring dogs to outdoor areas.

G-Status: SENATE
House Status:
Senate Status: IN COMMITTEE
Next/Last Comm: Senate Commerce
Next/Last Hearing: Time not specified
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2019 Legislation Update #10

With the first round of the legislative process coming to a close, and Crossover approaching, I wanted to provide a status update for all of the bills we have been monitoring.

Bills that were voted OUGHT TO PASS
These will crossover to the other side (since they started in the Senate, they will move to the House). However, SB161 will go to Senate Finance first. These are the bills we need to gear up for.

  • SB77, relative to costs of care for animals seized in cruelty cases and prohibiting the future ownership of animals in certain animal cruelty cases
  • SB161, relative to the definition of pet vendor, the transfer of animals, and establishing the position of accounting clerk in the department of agriculture, markets, and food

Bills that were TABLED
We will monitor these, as they can continue to be worked on and taken off the table at anytime. HB688 is likely to be worked on

  • HB249, permitting restaurant owners to allow dogs in restaurants
  • HB688, relative to transfer and inspection of animals

Bills that were voted INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

These bills are dead for this year.

  • HB282, relative to the authority of fish and game officers to search without a warrant
  • Report Filed ITL HB296, relative to animal waste cleanup in state forests and state parks
  • Report Filed ITL HB442, relative to coyote hunting
  • HB313establishing a study committee on the authority and duties of the board of veterinary medicine
  • HB316, relative to the law governing training permits for the training of bird dogs and trail or tree hounds
  • HB331relative to the duties of a veterinarian
  • HB426, establishing a committee to study allowing town clerks to accept proof of certain exemptions from the rabies vaccine for the purpose of registering dogs
  • Report Filed ITL HB512, relative to dogs on hiking trails in state parks and state forests

Bills that were RETAINED
We will keep an eye on the calendar for work sessions. These bills will come back out with a committee recommendation that will voted on in the first session of 2020. There will be NO public hearing on their final form.

  • HB371adding cats to the definition of commercial kennel
  • HB376, establishing a commission to study best practices for companion animal groomers
  • HB484relative to group dog licenses
  • HB501establishing a cost of care fund to assist municipalities caring for animals during animal cruelty cases

Bills without Reports filed yet

We’re still monitoring these as they complete the process in their committees.

  • HB389, requiring the department of business and economic affairs to prepare materials for businesses relative to service dogs
  • HB513, relative to allowing the use of therapy animals or facility dogs for therapeutic purposes in proceedings involving children or certain other persons
  • HB605, relative to criminal penalties for possession, transfer, or manufacture of animal fighting paraphernalia with the intent to be present at, aiding in, or contributing to such fighting

For the full list of bills and additional information, please access the link below:
http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Results.aspx?q=1&txtbillnumber=HB484%2CHB501%2CHB512%2CHB513%2CHB282%2CHB316%2CHB361%2CHB249%2CHB371%2CHB376%2CHB389%2CHB426%2CHB442%2CHB331%2CHB688%2CHB296%2CHB605%2CSB77%2CHB696%2CHB605%2CSB161&txtsessionyear=2019&fbclid=IwAR3IpGpyf8exAG6xmo4xBirTgXC5aqoK9WbKI4OOL8gwqeZDAEySLQ2wGqc

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2019 Legislation Update #9

The hearing for the animal fighting paraphernalia bill is scheduled for next week. Please review the bill and share your thoughts with us.

We need to get calls and letters to the committee (note: this is with House Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee).

03/06/2019 at 02:00 PM    LOB Room 204

HB605 -FN 
Session Year 2019 
Bill Docket
Bill Status
Bill Text[HTML] [PDF]
Title: relative to criminal penalties for possession, transfer, or manufacture of animal fighting paraphernalia with the intent to be present at, aiding in, or contributing to such fighting.

G-Status: HOUSE
House Status: IN COMMITTEE
Senate Status:
Next/Last Comm: HouseCriminal Justice and Public Safety
Next/Last Hearing: 03/06/2019 at 02:00 PM    LOB Room 204

http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Results.aspx?q=1&txtbillnumber=hb605&txtsessionyear=2019

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2019 Legislation Update #8

Update on Executive Sessions February 26th:
OTP: HB 283, relative to the age rabbits can be transferred;
ITL: HB 313, establishing a study committee on the authority and duties of the board of veterinary medicine;
ITL: HB 331, relative to the duties of a veterinarian;
Retain: HB 371, adding cats to the definition of commercial kennel;
ITL: HB 426, establishing a committee to study allowing town clerks to accept proof of certain exemption from the rabies vaccine for the purpose of registering dogs.

OTP – Ought To Pass
ITL – Inexpedient to Legislate

Note: HB688, relative to transfer and inspection of animals, has inadvertently been sent to House Floor for a vote tomorrow. The goal is that it should be tabled (with potential for ITL). If you get a chance call your Rep today to let them know that this bill should have been retained as it needs a lot of work and they should vote No, or have it tabled.

What’s next?

SB77, relative to costs of care for animals seized in cruelty cases and prohibiting the future ownership of animals in certain cruelty cases, and SB161relative to the definition of pet vendor, were voted 5-0 OTP and will go to the Senate Floor for a vote in less than 2 weeks. Please reach out to your Senator so they understand that these bills add regulation to try to solve a problem that the contents of the bill won’t actually solve, among all the other reasons they concern you.

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