PIJAC

2018 Legislative Session Overview - Ohio

The Ohio General Assembly adjourned its 2017-18 legislative session on December 31, 2018.

22 pet industry-related issues were introduced, 9 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

BI 1

Petition for a Ballot Initiative seeks to amend Article XV (Miscellaneous) of the Ohio Constitution by adding a new Section 13 to further regulate persons who keep, house or maintain dogs for the purpose of breeding and selling their offspring.

PETITION WITHDRAWN AS COMPROMISE WITH PASSAGE OF HB 506

HB 506

Amends Title 9 (Agriculture-Animals-Fences), Chapter 956 (Regulation and Licensing of Dog Kennels) of Ohio Revised Code by amending the definition of "high volume breeder" and to further provide for minimum standards of care.

ENACTED

HB 754

Amends Title 9 (Agriculture-Animals-Fences), Chapter 959 (Offenses Relating to Animals) of Ohio Revised Code to prohibit an animal abuse offender from owning, possessing, having custody of, or residing with a companion animal for a specified time period.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 755

Amends Title 9 (Agriculture-Animals-Fences), Chapter 959 (Offenses Relating to Animals) of Ohio Revised Code to require the Attorney General to establish an animal abuser registry.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

REG 2017-001

Proposed rulemaking to rescind Chapter 901:1-2 (Dangerous Wild Animal Care, Housing & Caging Standards) of OH Administrative Code.

ADOPTED

REG 2018-001

Proposed rulemaking to amend Chapter 901:1 (Animal Industry) of Ohio Administrative Code by adding a new Section 901:1-8 to regulate the sale of dogs from pet stores.

ADOPTED

REG 2018-002

Amends Chapter 901:1 (Animal Industry), Sections 8-01 (Definitions), 8-04 (Pet Store Recordkeeping) and 8-05 (Dog Retailer Recordkeeping) of OH Administrative Code to incorporate elements of OH HB 506 (enacted in June 2018) into statute.

ADOPTED

REG 2018-003

Proposed rulemaking to amend Chapter 901:1 (Animal Industry), Section 1-5 (Brucellosis), Subsections 12 (Brucella canis) and 13 (Designating a kennel a brucella canis free status) of Ohio Administrative Code to further regulate the disease known as Brucella canis with new testing standards and procedures for recognizing dog kennels as Brucella canis free.

ADOPTED

ORD 2016002

Proposed Ordinance No. O2016-0013 would amend Title 14 (Animals) of Cuyahoga County Code by adding a new Chapter 1401 establishing an Animal Abuse Registry.

ADOPTED

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