2017 Legislative Session Overview - Maryland

The Maryland Legislature adjourned its 2017 legislative session on April 10, 2017.

25 pet industry-related bills were introduced, 7 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.  2 regulations were also proposed.

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:




HB 334/SB 573

Amends Section 13-108 (Local Government) of Maryland Annotated Code relating to the conditions under which a person is required to obtain a kennel license from a local licensing agency


HB 625

Amends Chapter 5, Section 201 (Criminal Law) of the Code of Maryland to authorize a court to order a person to pay restitution for certain expenses incurred as a result of certain animal cruelty violations.


HB 781

Amends Section 19-702.1 (Business Regulation) of Maryland Statutes in relation to recordkeeping requirements and sourcing restrictions regarding cats and dogs obtained by retail pet stores.


HB 1572

Amends Section 13-1001 (Local Government) of the Annotated Code of Maryland to authorize Prince George's County to enact a law that prohibits specified retail establishments from using disposable bags as part of a retail sale of products.


SB 143

Amends Section 11-110 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article in Maryland Statutes to by repealing a specified cap on the compensatory damages for which a person who tortiously causes an injury to or death of a pet is liable.


SB 84

Amends the Criminal Procedures Article of the Laws of Maryland by adding a new Subtitle 11 establishing a Maryland Animal Abuse Registry.


REG  2017-001

Amends Title 15 (Agriculture) of the Code of Maryland by adding a new Section 15.18.09 to establish regulatory requirements for pet food and specialty pet food.


REG 2017-002

Proposed rulemaking to amend Chapter 10.06.02 (Communicable Diseases - Rabies) of the Code of Maryland to implement selected aspects of the updated version of the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2016 published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.


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