PIJAC

2018 Legislative Session Overview - Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Legislature adjourned its 2017-18 legislative session on December 31, 2018.

49 pet industry-related issues were introduced, 28 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 407

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 174F to provide for the regulation of boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2461

HB 554

Amends Title XXII (Corporations), Chapter 175 (Insurance) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 228 concerning the use of certain insurance underwriting guidelines pertaining to dogs harbored upon the insured property.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

HB 852

Amends Title I (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 106 to establish an animal abuse registry.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

HB 1078

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws to add a new Section 137E providing for licensing of commercial breeder kennels.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

HB 1080

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding new Sections 141D-F to: 1) restrict the sourcing of cats and dogs by pet shops; and 2) amend existing consumer remedies for animals designated as "unfit for purchase".

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

HB 1084

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 141C to: 1) restrict the sourcing of cats and dogs by pet shops; and 2) amend existing consumer remedies for animals designated as "unfit for purchase".

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

HB 2290

An Act changing the legal status of "pets" from personal property to "companion animals".

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

HB 2419

Amends Title XXII (Corporations), Chapter 175 (Insurance) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 228 to prohibit breed-specific dog discrimination on the part of insurance companies offering homeowners insurance coverage.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 3212

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding the following new sections regarding the retail sale and transfer of dogs and cats:  1) Definitions; 2) Consumer Warranty; 3) Consumer Warranty-Period of Eligibility; 4) Sourcing Restrictions; 5) Prohibiting Road Side Sales; 5) Mandatory Microchipping Requirement; 6) Shelter Recordkeeping & Reporting; 7) Statewide Uniformity and Enforcement; and 8) Sale of Small Animals-Instructions on Care.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 3544

Amends Chapter 13 (Division & Boards of Registration) of MA General Laws by adding a new section to provide for the certification of pet groomers.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

HB 3561

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control) of MA General Laws by adding Sections 49-57 relative to the importation of animals for rescue, shelter, foster, adoption or remote sale.

SUBSTITUTED BY HB 4279

HB 4279

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control) of MA General Laws by adding Sections 49-57 relative to the importation of animals for rescue, shelter, foster, adoption or remote sale.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 4565

Amends Title XXII (Corporations), Chapter 175 (Insurance) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 228 to restrict insurance companies from considering ownership of specific breeds of dogs when issuing homeowner's insurance policies.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2646

SB 406

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 174F to provide for the regulation of boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2461

SB 460

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses), Sections 136A (Definitions), 137A (Kennel Licenses), 137B (Sale or Delivery of Unlicensed Dog by Kennel Licensee) and 137C (Inspection of Kennels) of MA General Laws to prevent animal suffering by irresponsible breeding practices.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

SB 470

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control), Section 39A (Pet shops; licensing operation; animal health inspections) of MA General Laws to ban the sale of cats and dogs in commercial pet shops.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

SB 533

Amends Title XXII (Corporations), Chapter 175 (Insurance) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 228 concerning the use of certain insurance underwriting guidelines pertaining to dogs harbored upon the insured property.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

SB 589

Amends Title XXII (Corporations), Chapter 175 (Insurance) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 228 to regulate pet insurance in the State.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

SB 882

Amends Part IV (Crimes, Punishments & Proceedings in Criminal Cases), Title I (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order), Section 85A (Injuring, taking away or harboring domesticated animals or birds) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 85A 1/2 to award non-economic damages for the wrongful death of a companion animal.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

SB 1155

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding new Sections 141D-F to: 1) restrict the sourcing of cats and dogs by pet shops; and 2) amend existing consumer remedies for animals designated as "unfit for purchase".

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2331

SB 1159

Amends Title XXII (Corporations), Chapter 175 (Insurance) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 228 to restrict insurance companies from considering ownership of specific breeds of dogs when issuing homeowner's insurance policies.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2332

SB 2331

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding new Sections 141C-F to: 1) restrict the sourcing of cats and dogs by pet shops; and 2) amend existing consumer remedies for animals designated as "unfit for sale".

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 2332

Amends Title XXII (Corporations), Chapter 175 (Insurance) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 228 to restrict insurance companies from considering ownership of specific breeds of dogs when issuing homeowner's insurance policies.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2347

SB 2347

Amends Title XXII (Corporations), Chapter 175 (Insurance) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 228 to restrict insurance companies from considering ownership of specific breeds of dogs when issuing homeowner's insurance policies.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2646

SB 2461

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 174F to provide for the regulation of boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 2646

Amends Title I (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order) of MA General Laws by adding several new provisions regarding animal cruelty reporting, recordkeeping, and animal abandonment.

ENACTED

ORD 2016002

Proposed Ordinance (No. O-10) to amend Title 6 (Animals) of Cambridge, MA Municipal Code by adding a new Chapter 6.20 (Restrictions on the sale of animals in stores) to prohibit the retail sale of birds, mammals or reptiles, with exemptions.

ADOPTED

ORD 2017001

An Ordinance amending Chapter 3 (Animals & Fowl) of Stoneham, MA Town Code by adding a new Article 25 to prohibit the retail sale of dogs and cats in the town.

ADOPTED

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