The Maine Legislature adjourned its 2017 legislative session on July 4, 2017.
20 pet industry-related bills were introduced, 13 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.
Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:
A Resolution (LD 35) to allow the unlicensed ownership of hedgehogs as pets.
(LD 57) Amends Title 38 (Waters & Navigation), Chapter 16 (Sale of Consumer Products Affecting the Environment) of ME Revised Statutes by adding a new Section 1605-A to phase out the use of plastic, single-use shopping bags.
LD 419 amends Title 7 (Agriculture & Animals), Section 3953 (Stealing, injuring or killing dogs) of Maine Revised Statutes to allow for damages for the willful or negligent injury or death of a dog.
(LD 1446) Amends Title 7 (Agriculture & Animals), Part 9 (Animal Welfare), Chapter 717 (Animal Welfare Act), Section 3909 (Enforcement), Subsection 6 (Confidential Information) of Maine Revised Statutes to designate certain identifying information as not confidential.
(LD 1580) Amends Title 12 (Conservation), Subpart 4 (Fish & Wildlife), Subchapter 15 (Wildlife Importation & Possession Permits and Requirements), Section 12152 (Permit to Possess Wildlife in Captivity) of Maine Revised Statutes to allow for capture and possession of certain native reptiles and amphibians.
(LD 1593) Amends Title 7 (Agriculture & Animals), Part 9 (Animal Welfare), Chapter 717 (Animal Welfare Act), Section 3906B (Powers and Duties of the Commissioner) of Maine Revised Statutes to add provisions relating to the surrender of animals.
(LD 1601) Amends Title 7 (Agriculture & Animals), Part 2 (Marketing, Labeling & Grading), Chapter 103 (Products Controlled), Subchapter 4-A (Feeds), Section 714 (Registration) of Maine Revised Statutes to eliminate the surcharge assessed on each product name of commercial feed that is pet food or that is pet food from a home-based manufacturer by fiscal year 2019-2020.
VETO OVERRIDDEN – BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE
LD 305 amends Title 12 (Conservation), Chapter 915, Subchapter 15 (Wildlife Importation, Possession, Requirements), Section 12152 (Permit to possess wildlife in captivity) of Maine Revised Statutes to provide that a permit is required to import exotic wildlife into or possess wildlife in the State or to receive exotic wildlife.
BECAME LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE
LD 653 resolves to establish a working group to propose changes to the state's animal welfare laws.
LD 982 amends Title 17 (Criminal Code) of Maine Revised Statutes to authorize nonprofit, licensed animal shelters to apply for authorization to take possession of abandoned or cruelly treated animals or to cause these animals to be disposed of humanely.
(LD 1036) Provides for a study of a repeal of occupational licensing requirements for certain occupations (includes animal breeders).
(LD 1178) Amends Title 38 (Waters & Navigation), Chapter 20-B (Invasive Aquatic Plants & Nuisance Species Control) of Maine Revised Statutes Annotated to direct the Commissioners of Environmental Protection and Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, in cooperation with the Interagency Task Force on Invasive Aquatic Plants & Nuisance Species, to conduct a study of the State's efforts to prevent the infestation of, to control, to eradicate and to otherwise manage invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species in the waters of the State.
(LD 1451) "An Act To Promote Biosecurity and Better Regulate the Importation, Possession and Use of Aquatic Species", amends Title 12 (Conservation), Subchapter 15 (Wildlife Importation & Possession Permits) of Maine Revised Statutes to prohibit certain fish, amphibians, aquatic invertebrates and aquatic plants from being introduced, imported or possessed by a person in the State unless a permit to do so has been issued by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
CARRIED OVER TO 2018 SESSION
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