PIJAC

2017 Legislative Session Overview - Florida

The Florida Legislature adjourned its 2017 legislative session on May 8, 2017.

26 pet industry-related bills were introduced, 16 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 17

Amends Florida Statutes to provide that after January 1, 2017, a local government may not adopt or impose a new regulation on a business, profession, and occupation unless the regulation is expressly authorized by general law.

DIED

HB 497/

SB 690

The "Florida Domestic Animal Recovery Act" amends Title XLV (Torts), Chapter 768 (Negligence) of Florida Statutes by creating a new Section 1392 (Florida Domestic Animal Recovery Act) to provide definitions and to specify liability for the injury or death of a domestic animal.

DIED

HB 587/

SB 230

Amends Title XXVIII (Natural Resources/Conservation), Chapter 379 (Fish & Wildlife Conservation), Section 379.231 (Regulation of Non-Native Animals) of Florida Statutes establishing a pilot program for the eradification of specific species.

DIED

HB 515/

SB 1162

Amends the Florida Statutes to enact the "Companion Animal Protection Act" which would direct animal shelters to take certain measures relating to the holding, treatment, & euthanasia of animals.

DIED

HB 871/

SB 1628

Amends Title XLVII (Criminal Procedure & Corrections), Chapter 943 (Department of Law Enforcement) of Florida Statutes by adding a new Section 425 to provide for an Animal Abuser Registry.

DIED

HB 979/

SB 1466

Amends Florida Statutes to require a pet dealer to only sell or offer for sale a dog procured from a humane society, an animal shelter, or a person or entity who has not been adjudicated and issued certain citations for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act.

DIED

HB 1087

An Act to amend Florida Statutes to specify liability and provide for compensatory, non-economic damages for the injury or death of a pet.

DIED

HB 1143/

SB 1624

An Act establishing the SE Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Protection Area and the Coral Reef Conservation Program.

DIED

SB 212

Amends Chapter 828 (Animals: Cruelty; Sales; Animal Enterprise Protection) by defining, prohibiting and penalizing animal hoarding.

DIED

SB 1270

An Act to amend Florida Statutes to specify liability and provide for compensatory, non-economic damages for the injury or death of a pet.

DIED

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