The Missouri Legislature adjourned its 2017 legislative session on May 12, 2017.
12 pet industry-related bills were introduced, ALL of which were considered priority by PIJAC.
Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:
HB 159/ SB 88
Amends Title 35 (Civil Procedure & Limitations), Chapter 516 (Statutes of Limitation) of Missouri Revised Statutes to provide that malpractice actions for damages against veterinarians or entities providing veterinary services shall be brought within 2 years from the date of the occurrence of the act.
HB 384/SB 331
Amends Title 38 (Crimes & Punishment), Chapter 578 (Miscellaneous Offenses) of Missouri Revised Statutes by adding two new sections relating to the confiscation and disposition of neglected or abused animals.
HB 423/SB 423
Amends Title 38 (Crimes & Punishment), Chapter 575 (Offenses Against the Administration of Justice) to further provide for the offense of assault on a law enforcement animal.
Amends Title 38 (Crimes & Punishment), Chapter 589 (Crime Prevention & Control Programs and Services) of MO Revised Statutes to establish the Missouri Animal Abuser Registration Act.
A Resolution condemning the Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival and urging China to end the dog meat trade.
Amends Title VII (Public Health & Welfare), Chapter 209 (Disabilities Assistance) by revising the definition of "Service Dog" to include animals that provide support or therapeutic functions for individuals with psychiatric or mental disabilities.
Amends Title XVII (Agriculture & Animals), Chapter 273 (Dogs & Cats) of Missouri Statutes by adding a new Section 195 to prohibit local breed-specific dog regulations.
Amends Title XVII (Agriculture and Animals), Section 273 (Dogs-Cats), Section 273.036 (Owner Liability) of Missouri Revised Statutes to further provide for owner liability for dog bites.
Amends Title XII (Public Health & Welfare), Chapter 209 (Disabilities Assistance), Section 200 (Definitions) to add "mental health service dog" to the definition of a service dog.
Amends Title XXII (Public Health & Welfare), Chapter 209 (Disabilities Assistance, Aid to the Blind, and Rights of Persons with Visual, Hearing or Physical Disabilities), Section 202 (Crime of causing substantial injury to or the death of a service dog, penalty) to modify the penalties for any person whose animal chases, harasses, or otherwise prevents a service dog from carrying out its duties.
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