PIJAC

2018 Legislative Session Overview - Virginia

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned the 2018 portion of its 2018-19 legislative session on March 10, 2018.

28 pet industry-related issues were introduced, 12 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 79

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care & Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Section 6518 (Boarding Establishments and Groomers) of the Code of Virginia to provide group play requirements and penalties for dog boarding establishments.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 94

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care & Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Section 6518 (Boarding Establishments and Groomers) of the Code of Virginia to further provide for group play requirements for dog boarding establishments.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 270

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care & Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Section 3.2-6545 (Regulation of sale of animals procured from animal shelters) of the Code of Virginia to allow localities to adopt ordinances restricting the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 425

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care & Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Article 9 (Cruelty to Animals), Section 6570 (Cruelty to animals; penalty) of the Code of Virginia to prohibit a person convicted of an animal cruelty violation from possession or ownership of a companion animal.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 713

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care & Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Article 2.1 (Commercial Dog Breeding Operations), Section 3.2-6507.2 (Commercial Dog Breeding; Requirements) to further provide for dog cages.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 865

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care & Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Article 6 (Authority of Local Governing Bodies), Section 3.2-6537 (Ordinances; penalties) of the Code of Virginia to authorize localities to require pet shops or dog dealers to furnish cash bonds for each out-of-state breeder used.

ENACTED (EFFECTIVE 7/1/18)

HB 870

Amends Title 15.2 (Counties, Cities & Towns), Chapter 9 (General Powers of Local Government of the Code of Virginia by adding a new section 15.2-926.4 to provide cash bond requirements for pet shops obtaining dogs from out-of-state breeders.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 877

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care & Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care) of the Code of Virginia by adding a new Section 3.2-6531.1 (Pet shop; posting of information about dogs) to require any pet shop that sells dogs to post a notice stating that USDA/APHIS Inspection Reports are available prior to purchase.

ENACTED (EFFECTIVE 7/1/18)

SB 32

Amends Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Article 9 (Cruelty to Animals) of the Code of Virginia by adding a new Section 3.2-6573.1 establishing an Animal Cruelty Conviction List.

CONTINUED TO 2019 SESSION

SB 212

Amends Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Article 9 (Cruelty to Animals) of the Code of Virginia by adding a new Section 3.2-6573.1 establishing an Animal Cruelty Conviction List.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 32

SB 217

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care & Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Section 3.2-6545 (Regulation of sale of animals procured from animal shelters) of the Code of Virginia to allow localities to adopt ordinances restricting the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops.

CONTINUED TO 2019 SESSION

SB 390

Amends Title 58.1 (Taxation), Chapter 6 (Retail Sales & Use Tax), Section 602 (Definitions) of the Code of Virginia to include various pet care services to the definition of "taxable service".

DIED IN COMMITTEE

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