PIJAC

2018 Legislative Session Overview - Hawaii

The Hawaii State Legislature adjourned its 2017-18 legislative session on May 3, 2018.

61 pet industry-related issues were introduced, 36 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

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 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

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.

DIED IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

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.

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 1723

An Act to establish a working group to identify high priority areas that are in need of marine protection management for potential designation as marine protected areas.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 1751

Amends Subtitle 5 (Aquatic Resources & Wildlife), Chapter 188 (Fishing Rights & Regulations) of Hawaii Revised Statutes by adding a new section to require the Department of Land & Natural Resources to establish a network of marine protected areas, in order to protect Hawaii's marine resources and effectively manage 30% of the State's nearshore resources by the year 2030.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 2072

Amends Title 37 (Hawaii Penal Code), Chapter 711 (Offenses Against Public Order), Section 1109 (Cruelty to Animals in the Second Degree) of Hawaii Revised Statutes to further provide for the offense of cruelty to animals in the second degree regarding prohibition of certain restraints and tethers, penalties and fines.

DIED IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

HCR 222/HR 192/SCR 106/SR 65

Concurrent Resolutions requesting the Department of Health to hire a State Veterinary Medical Officer to prevent the spread of rat lungworm disease and other zoonotic diseases in the State's human population and to support statewide efforts in protecting and improving human health.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HCR 225/HR 195/SCR 105/SR 64

Concurrent Resolution requesting the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association to conduct a survey of its membership on the frequency of cases of rat lungworm disease in animal companions.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HCR 226/HR 196/SCR 96/SR 56

Concurrent Resolutions requesting the Department of health to provide a report of all confirmed and suspected cases of rat lungworm disease that originated in the State and share rat lungworm disease diagnosis and treatment with other states.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HCR 73/HR 38

Concurrent Resolutions 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

HCR 76/HR 61

Concurrent Resolutions requesting the Department of Land & Natural Resources to convene a working group to identify high priority areas for potential designation as marine managed areas.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 137

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

DIED IN COMMITTEE

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

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 2003

Amends Subtitle 5 (Aquatic Resources & Wildlife), Chapter 188 (Fishing Rights & Regulations), Section 31 (Permits to take aquatic life for aquarium purposes) of Hawaii Revised Statutes to restrict the taking of aquatic life for commercial purposes.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 2014

Amends Hawaii Revised Statutes to create a new chapter entitled "Registration of Animal Abusers" requiring the Attorney General to register convicted animal abusers and make the registration information available for inspection.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 2052

Amends Subtitle 5 (Aquatic Resources & Wildlife), Chapter 188 (Fishing Rights & Regulations), Section 50 (License; application; fees; restrictions) of Hawaii Revised Statutes to provide for a non-commercial marine fishing license.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 2063

Prohibits the Department of Land & Natural Resources from issuing new recreational aquarium fish collection permits to take aquatic life and from transferring or renewing existing permits until the completion of an environmental impact statement.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 2929

Amends Hawaii Revised Statutes by adding a new Chapter (Hawaii Spay/Neuter Program) to:  1) Establish the Hawaii Spay/Neuter Council to administer the Hawaii Spay/Neuter Grant Program; and 2) Impose a fee on pet food to be deposited into a new special fund to support the Hawaii Spay/Neuter Grant Program.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

REG 2017-002

Amends Title 13 (Dept. of Land & Natural Resources), Part IV (Fisheries Resources Management), Chapter 74 (License and Permit Provisions and Fees for Fishing) of Hawaii Administrative Rules to increase annual commercial license fees and to establish a reporting deadline for marine dealers who buy marine life directly from commercial fishers.

ADOPTED

REG 2018-001

Proposed rulemaking to amend Title 4 (Department of Agriculture), Subtitle 3 (Division of Animal Industry), Chapter 29 (Dogs, Cats and Other Carnivores) of Hawaii Administrative Rules by amending definitions and other provisions of the state's Rabies Quarantine Program.

PENDING

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