PIJAC

2018 Legislative Session Overview - Tennessee

The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned its 2017-18 legislative session on April 25, 2018.

31 pet industry-related issues were introduced, 10 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 265

Amends Title 62 (Professions, Businesses & Trades) of Tennessee Code Annotated by adding a new Chapter 12 requiring registration with the Department of Commerce & Insurance to operate as a commercial dog breeder in the State.

DIED IN SUBCOMMITTEE

HB 568

Amends Title 44 (Animals & Animal Husbandry), Chapter 17 (Dogs & Cats) of Tennessee Code Annotated by adding a new Part 8 ("Tennessee Retail Pet Store Consumer Protection Act") to provide coverage for certain veterinary expenses to persons who buy dogs from retail pet stores.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 519

HB 1525

Amends Title 40 (Criminal Procedure), Chapter 39 (Offender Registration & Monitoring), Section 103 (Publication of list of persons convicted of animal abuse on TBI website) of Tennessee Code by adding a provision to require the TBI to update its list of persons convicted of an animal abuse offense at least every 30 days.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 1713

Amends Title 44 (Animals & Animal Husbandry), Chapter 17 (Dogs and Cats), Part 1 (Dog and Cat Dealers), Sections 102 (Definitions) and 106 (Annual Renewal of Dealer's License Fee) of Tennessee Code Annotated to expand the requirement that sellers of dogs and cats be licensed to include sellers who sell to individuals.

DIED IN SUBCOMMITTEE

SB 282

Amends Title 62 (Professions, Businesses & Trades) of Tennessee Code Annotated by adding a new Chapter 12 requiring registration with the Department of Commerce & Insurance to operate as a commercial dog breeder in the State.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 519

Amends Title 44 (Animals & Animal Husbandry), Chapter 17 (Dogs & Cats) of Tennessee Code Annotated by adding a new Part 8 ("Tennessee Retail Pet Store Consumer Protection Act") to provide coverage for certain veterinary expenses to persons who buy dogs from retail pet stores.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 1611

Amends Title 67 (Taxes & Licenses), Chapter 6 (Sales & Use Taxes), Section 205 (Services) of Tennessee Code Annotated to exempt grooming from the services eligible for sales and use tax.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 1698

Amends Title 44 (Animals & Animal Husbandry), Chapter 17 (Dogs and Cats), Part 1 (Dog and Cat Dealers), Sections 102 (Definitions) and 106 (Annual Renewal of Dealer's License Fee) of Tennessee Code Annotated to expand the requirement that sellers of dogs and cats be licensed to include sellers who sell to individuals.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 2576

Amends Title 40 (Criminal Procedure), Chapter 39 (Offender Registration & Monitoring), Section 103 (Publication of list of persons convicted of animal abuse on TBI website) of Tennessee Code by adding a provision to require the TBI to update its list of persons convicted of an animal abuse offense at least every 30 days.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

ORD BL2018-1159

Proposed Ordinance (No. BL2018-1159) amends Title 8 (Animals) of the Nashville/Davidson County Metropolitan Code by creating a new Chapter 8.30 to restrict the sale of dogs and cats by pet stores.

PENDING

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