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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2019 Legislation Update #7


Calendar for next few weeks: Note: these are primarily executive sessions (see end of post for description of what that means)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE
Room 303, LOB
1:30 p.m.
Executive session on
HB 283, relative to the age rabbits can be transferred;
HB 313, establishing a study committee on the authority and duties of the board of veterinary medicine;
HB 331, relative to the duties of a veterinarian;
HB 371, adding cats to the definition of commercial kennel;
HB 426, establishing a committee to study allowing town clerks to accept proof of certain exemptions from the rabies vaccine for the purpose of registering dogs.
JUDICIARY
Room 208, LOB
2:30 p.m.
Executive session on
HB 513, relative to allowing the use of therapy animals or facility dogs for therapeutic purposes in proceedings involving children or certain other persons;

TUESDAY, MARCH 5
RESOURCES, RECREATION & DEVELOPMENT
Room 305, LOB
1:00 p.m.
Executive session on
HB 512, relative to dogs on hiking trails in state parks and state forests.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6
COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Room 302, LOB
10:00 a.m.
**HEARING ON**
HB 389-FN, requiring the department of business and economic affairs to prepare materials for businesses relative to service dogs.
RESOURCES, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Room 305, LOB
10:00 a.m.
Executive session on
HB 296-FN, relative to animal waste cleanup in state forests and state parks;

What is an Executive Session? Committee deliberation and decision is done in executive session. A majority must be present in order to take action. The public may observe committees in executive session as they take their final vote on a bill.
A report is submitted to the Clerk of the Senate or House entitled “Ought to pass,” “Ought to pass as amended,” “Inexpedient to legislate,” “Refer to interim study,” or “Re-refer to Committee.” Re-refer to committee shall be a committee report only in the first year session; Refer to interim study shall be a committee report only in the second year session. This report reflects the majority decision of those at the committee deliberation.

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2019 Legislation Update #6

Consent Calendar
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION 
HB 627relative to exceptions from certain pharmacy requirements for veterinarians. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. Rep. Gary Merchant for Executive Departments and Administration. This bill, as amended, will allow the NH Board of Pharmacy flexibility to establish rules on compounding based on various national standards such as the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and federal regulations established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 
Vote 20-0.  
 
Regular Calendar:
HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS 
HB 696-FNestablishing a protective order for vulnerable adults. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.Rep. Lucy Weber for Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. This bill establishes a procedure to enable vulnerable adults to seek temporary and permanent relief from abuse, exploitation and neglect. The bill is necessary because our criminal statutes do not provide adequate protection for vulnerable adults; by the time abuse, neglect or exploitation can be proven, assets are long gone, or the vulnerable adult has been subjected to unsafe conditions for far too long. In answer to concerns raised at the public hearing, the amendment clarifies that the defendant can be ordered to pay bills for the plaintiff only if the defendant has a legal or fiduciary responsibility to do so, and that the court may only issue orders about possession of animals owned by the plaintiff or owned by the plaintiff jointly with the defendant. The court may not include an animal owned solely by the defendant in its order. Finally, the amendment provides firearms may be removed from the defendant only after a specific judicial finding is made that such removal is necessary for the protection of the vulnerable adult. 
Vote 22-0
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