PIJAC

2017 Legislative Session Overview - Hawaii

The Hawaii Legislature adjourned its 2017 legislative session on May 4, 2017.

23 pet industry-related bills were introduced, 12 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.

 

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 1339

Amends Hawaii Revised Statutes to restructure the Hawaii Invasive Species Council as the Hawaii Invasive Species Authority and to coordinate implementation of the Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan.

CARRIED OVER TO 2018 SESSION

HB 1457

Amends Chapter 188 (Fishing Rights & Regulations) of HI Revised Statutes to place a temporary moratorium on the issuance of new aquarium fish collection permits and to require the Division of Aquatic Resources to promote education about nearshore reef wildlife and to develop a comprehensive sustainable management plan.

CARRIED OVER TO 2018 SESSION

HB 151

Amends Title 37 (Penal Code), Chapter 711 (Offenses Against Public Order) of Hawaii Revised Statutes by creating a new section establishing the criminal offense of Unlawful Confinement or Restraint of a Dog and to provide standards for the use of tethers and enclosures for dogs.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 1516

Amends Title 37 (Penal Code), Chapter 711 (Offenses Against Public Order), Section 1109.2 (Forfeiture of animal prior to disposition of criminal charges) of Hawaii Revised Statutes to permit incorporated societies for the protection of animals to petition for full custody of the subject animals prior to filing or final disposition of criminal charges against the owner of the animals.

ENACTED

HB 185

Amends Title 25 (Professions & Occupations) and Title 37 (Penal Code), Chapter 711 (Offenses Against Public Order) of Hawaii Revised Statutes by:

1) Adding a new Chapter to establish a licensing requirement for dog breeders; and 2) Clarifying and strengthening laws pertaining to abandonment of, or cruelty to animals.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HCR 73

A House Concurrent Resolution urging the Department of Land & Natural Resources to conduct statewide public outreach regarding the establishment of a noncommercial marine fishing registry, permit, or license system in Hawaii

CARRIED OVER TO 2018 SESSION

HR 137

A House Resolution urging support for the goal of effectively managing 30% of nearshore waters by 2030.

CARRIED OVER TO 2018 SESSION

HR 38

A House Resolution urging the Department of Land & Natural Resources to conduct statewide public outreach regarding the establishment of a noncommercial marine fishing registry, permit, or license system in Hawaii.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 1240

Would place a moratorium on the issuance of commercial aquarium fish permits to allow the Department of Land & Natural Resources to define "sustainable" and to establish sustainable collection practices and limits.

VETOED BY GOVERNOR

SB 220

Amends Chapter 188 (Fishing Rights & Regulations) of Hawaii Revised Statutes by adding a new section prohibiting the selling or offering for sale any fish or aquatic life, taken under an aquarium fish permit, subjected to substantial injury or cruel treatment.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 265

Amends Chapter 711 (Offenses Against Public Order) of Hawaii Revised Statutes by a new section creating the offense of Confinement of a Dog by Tethering under prescribed circumstances, with certain exceptions and mandatory fines.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 802

Amends Hawaii Revised Statutes by adding a new Chapter to create licensing requirements and regulations for animal rescue entities.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

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