2019 Legislation Update #2

New hearing dates and times for next week. Please attend to show your support or opposition.

 

HB484: Feb 5 at 10am, LOB 303

(relative to group dog licenses)

This bill changes Group Licenses to increase by $1 per dog over the initial 5 dogs. $2 of the license fee will continue to go to companion animal  neutering fund, with the remainder going to the town or municipality.

 

HB296: Feb 5 at 1pm, LOB Room 210-211

(relative to animal waste cleanup in state forests and state parks)

This bill requires any person bringing an animal into a state park or state forest to clean up or remove all solid waste produced by such animal.

 

HB501: Feb 5 at 1:30pm, LOB Room 303

(establishing a cost of care fund to assist municipalities caring for animals during animal cruelty cases)

This bill would establish a cost of care fund to assist municipalities with caring for animals during animal cruelty cases. Revenue to the fund would be from $0.50 of every dog license fee paid, one-half of the fees collected from registration for distribution of commercial animal feed, and court-ordered restitution for care in animal cruelty cases.

 

HB688: Feb 7 at 1pm, LOB Room 301-303

(relative to transfer and inspection of animals)

This bill introduces the definition of Hobby Breeder and includes anyone who transfers 1-30 live animals or birds in a 12 month period, requiring inspection (adherence to Ag Part 1704) and registration.

 

HB512: Feb 12 at 1:30pm, LOB Room 305

(relative to dogs on hiking trails in state parks and state forests)

This bill allows dogs off leash on hiking trails in state parks and state forests.

 

Bill details available here: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Results.aspx?q=1&txtbillnumber=HB484,HB501,HB296,HB688,HB512&txtsessionyear=2019

Full list with all bills we’re monitoring available here: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Results.aspx?q=1&txtbillnumber=HB484,HB501,HB512,HB513,HB282,HB316,HB361,HB249,HB371,HB376,HB389,HB426,HB442,HB331,HB688,HB296,HB605,SB77,HB696,SB161&txtsessionyear=2019

 

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2019 Legislative Updates

We have a number of bills we’re monitoring this session. To get us started I am providing info on the top priority items. There is a brief overview for each, but we all need to look at them in greater detail to uncover additional areas that may be of concern.

HB688: relative to transfer and inspection of animals

This bill introduces the definition of Hobby Breeder and includes anyone who transfers 1-30 live animals or birds in a 12 month period, requiring inspection (adherence to Ag Part 1704) and registration. 

Hearing Tentatively scheduled for Jan. 29 at 4pm. Room TBD.

SB161: relative to the definition of pet vendor

This bill removes definition of commercial kennel and defines Pet Vendor as anyone who transfers 20 or more live animals or birds used as household pets, in a 12 month period.

No hearing scheduled yet.

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

This bill classifies the following items as animal fighting paraphernalia, but it is not limited to:  breaking sticks, cat mills, fighting pits, springpoles, unprescribed veterinary medicine, treatment supplies, gaffs or slashers or heels, or any other sharp implement designed to be attached in place of the natural spur of a cock or game fowl. The intent behind the possession, ownership, purchase, sale, transfer, or manufacturing of these items is presumed to be for animal fighting it is a class B felony.

No hearing scheduled yet.

SB77: relative to costs of care for animals seized in cruelty cases and prohibiting the future ownership of animals in certain animal cruelty cases

This bill adds a preliminary hearing within 14 days of the lawful seizure of animals, outlines that cost of care is to provide confiscated animals with humane care and adequate and necessary veterinary services. It also adds language to prevent ownership for varying lengths of time for those convicted of a misdemeanor, among other changes.

No hearing scheduled yet.

HB501: establishing a cost of care fund to assist municipalities caring for animals during animal cruelty cases

This bill would establish a cost of care fund to assist municipalities with caring for animals during animal cruelty cases.  Revenue to the fund would be from $0.50 of every dog license fee paid, one-half of the fees collected from registration for distribution of commercial animal feed, and court-ordered restitution for care in animal cruelty cases. 

No hearing scheduled yet.

The details for the above bills can be found here: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Results.aspx?q=1&txtbillnumber=HB688,HB605,SB77,SB161,hb501&txtsessionyear=2019

Other Bills we are monitoring and will provide more detail on at a future date:

HB249: permitting restaurant owners to allow dogs in restaurants

HB282: relative to the authority of fish and game officers to search without a warrant

HB296: relative to animal waste cleanup in state forests and state parks

HB316: relative to the law governing training permits for the training of bird dogs and trail or tree hounds

HB331: relative to the duties of a veterinarian

HB361: relative to property settlement including animals

HB371: adding cats to the definition of commercial kennel

HB376: establishing a commission to study best practices for companion animal groomers

HB389: requiring the department of business and economic affairs to prepare materials for businesses relative to service dogs

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

HB442: relative to coyote hunting

HB484: relative to group dog licenses

HB512: relative to dogs on hiking trails in state parks and state forests

HB513: relative to allowing the use of therapy animals or facility dogs for therapeutic purposes in proceedings involving children or certain other persons

HB696: establishing a protective order for vulnerable adults

Full list here: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Results.aspx?q=1&txtbillnumber=HB484,HB501,HB512,HB513,HB282,HB316,HB361,HB249,HB371,HB376,HB389,HB426,HB442,HB331,HB688,HB296,HB605,SB77,HB696,SB161&txtsessionyear=2019

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2019 Legislative Update

Last week Senator Bradley held the Stakeholder meeting for the upcoming Animal Cruelty legislation. Rep. O’Connor, Rep. Bixby, among others, were in attendance.
We were presented with the two bills that are planned to come out of the Senate, sponsored by Sen. Bradley.
We are expecting a few more bills to come out of the House. Stay tuned and when the bills are available online we will share them.
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Welcome to the New Leadership

I am pleased to announce that Angela Ferrari and Sosanna Folz have agreed to take over the leadership of Dog Owners of the Granite State.  Many of you may know them from the excellent work they did last winter fighting the HSUS bill, sponsored by Sen Bradley. Sosanna and Angela did an exceptionable job against long odds and lots of money to promote HSUS’s national agenda. HSUS had hired an entire high-powered lobbying firm at a cost of more than $20,000.

The sad thing is that HSUS will be back again this year. Rather than trying to reach a real, constructive compromise beneficial for New Hampshire’s dogs and that all sides could agree to, HSUS has spent this summer pushing their bill and blaming the AKC, D.O.G.S., and “New Hampshire’s responsible dog “breeders” for its defeat. They still seem to be equating owning an unspayed bitch to being a commercial breeder. They certainly don’t seem to accept the scientific evidence that says that spaying a bitch increases the chance of cancer, can lead to aggression, and is unnecessary, if the only reason for doing it is so they won’t be bred.

So, please, in the months to come, give your support to Angela and Sosanna. They can be reached at dogs.nh@gmail or through our Facebook page and, remember, when you vote this year, that how candidates stand on animal issues is important.

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See you in the Fall

We are taking a well deserved summer vacation – enjoying our dogs and doing some gardening.  We may interrupt it for an occasional post, but, for now, we’ll see you in the fall when legislative season starts again.

Meanwhile, don’t forget there is an election coming up in November.  Take the time to get to know your candidates for State Representative and State Senator.   Please don’t just assume that because they belong to one party or the other, that they are on our side. Remember that the SB569 had both sponsors and opponents from both parties (Roll Call – her), so ask the candidates questions about where they stand on animal issues.  Educate them and let them know your viewpoint.

Have a great summer.
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