PIJAC

2019-2020 Legislative Overview - Massachusetts

61 pet industry-related issues were proposed in the 2019-2020 legislative session, 43 of which were designated as priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

 

2019-2020 SESSION (ADJOURNED ON 1/5/21)

 

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 755

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control) of MA General Laws by adding Sections 49-57 relative to the importation of animals for rescue, shelter, foster, adoption or remote sale.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER ON ADJOURNMENT

HB 800

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 39H banning the retail sale of cats and dogs in pet shops.

SUBSTITUTED BY  SB 2592

HB 812

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 174G to provide for the regulation of boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2538

HB 1037

Amends Title XXII (Corporations), Chapter 175 (Insurance) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 228 concerning the use of certain insurance underwriting guidelines pertaining to dogs harbored upon the insured property.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

HB 1038

Amends Chapters 121B (Housing & Urban Renewal), 175 (Insurance), and 186 (Estates for Years and at Will) of MA General Laws to prohibit regulations, rules and policies based on the breed of a dog.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

HB 1435

Amends Title I (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section X (Animal Abuse Prevention) to provide penalties for selling or adopting animals to persons convicted of an animal abuse crime.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2494

HB 1444

An Act changing the legal status of "pets" from personal property to "companion animals".

DIED IN STUDY ORDER ON ADJOURNMENT

HB 1445

Amends Title I (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 107 to establish an animal abuse registry.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER ON ADJOURNMENT

HB 1561/

SB 958

Amends Part IV (Crimes, Punishments & Proceedings in Criminal Cases), Title I (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order), Section 85A (Injuring, taking away or harboring domesticated animals or birds) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 85A 1/2 to award non-economic damages for the wrongful death of a companion animal.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER ON ADJOURNMENT

HB 1757

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws to add a new Section 137E providing for licensing of commercial breeder kennels.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2760

HB 1773

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding new Sections 141D-F to: 1) restrict the sourcing of cats and dogs by pet shops; and 2) amend existing consumer remedies for animals designated as "unfit for purchase".

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

HB 1774

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses), Sections 137A (Kennel Licenses) and 137B (Sale or other delivery of unlicensed dog by kennel licensee) of MA General Laws to further provide for kennel licensing and regulation.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2760

HB 1815

The "Companion Animal Protection Act of Massachusetts" would amend MA General Laws to provide for shelter holding periods and recordkeeping/reporting requirements.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

HB 1822/

SB 989

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses), Section 174E (Chaining or tethering dog to stationary object; confinement; restrictions; penalty) of MA General Laws to further provide for the issuance of animal cruelty citations.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER ON ADJOURNMENT

HB 1823/

SB 1204

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding new Sections 141D-F to amend existing consumer remedies for dogs or cats designated as "unfit for sale".

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2760

HB 3603

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 174F to provide for the regulation of boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2358

HB 3772

Amends Title I (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order), Section 77 (Cruelty to Animals) of MA General Statutes to prohibit pet ownership by certain animal abuse offenders and to provide for certain penalties.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2494

HB 3828

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control), Section 39A (Pet Shops; Licensing Operation; Animal Health Inspection) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 39 1/2 to restrict the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet shops.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2592

HB 3833

Amends Title 1 (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order) of MA General Statutes by adding a new Subsection to allow for civil complaints for emotional distress against those convicted of animal abuse.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER ON ADJOURNMENT

HB 3945

Amends Part 1 (Administration of the Government), Title II (Executive & Administrative Officers of the Commonwealth) of MA General Laws by adding a new Chapter 21P (Plastic Bag Reduction) to prohibit retail establishments from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

HB 5071

(Study Order) Includes HB 755 which amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control) of MA General Laws by adding Sections 49-57 relative to the importation of animals for rescue, shelter, foster, adoption or remote sale.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 114

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws to require the Department of Agriculture to promulgate rules and regulations for boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs and cats and for the maintenance and inspection of commercial breeder kennels or catteries.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2760

SB 118

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 137E to provide for the licensure of dog trainers and to establish the Dog Trainer Board of Examiners.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 175

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 39H banning the retail sale of cats and dogs in pet shops.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2592

SB 491

Amends Title II (Executive & Administrative Officers of the Commonwealth), Chapter 10 (Department of the State Treasurer) of MA General Laws by adding new sections to create the Massachusetts Invasive Species Council and an Invasive Species Advisory Committee.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 504

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses), Sections 136A (Definitions), 137A (Kennel Licenses), 137B (Sale or Delivery of Unlicensed Dog by Kennel Licensee) and 137C (Inspection of Kennels) of MA General Laws to prevent animal suffering by irresponsible breeding practices.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 510

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 174F to provide for the regulation of boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2358

SB 595

Amends Title XXII (Corporations), Chapter 175 (Insurance) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 228 concerning the use of certain insurance underwriting guidelines pertaining to dogs harbored upon the insured property.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 990

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses), Section 174E (Chaining or tethering dog to stationary object; confinement; restrictions; penalty) of MA General Laws to improve enforcement for tethering violations.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 2358

Amends Title XX (Public Safety & Good Order), Chapter 140 (Licenses) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 174G to provide for the regulation of boarding kennels and daycare facilities for dogs.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 2410

Amends Part 1 (Administration of the Government), Title II (Executive & Administrative Officers of the Commonwealth) of MA General Laws by adding a new Chapter 21P (Plastic Bag Reduction) to restrict the use of single-use plastic bags by retail establishments.

SUBSTITUTED BY SB 2422

SB 2422

Amends Part 1 (Administration of the Government), Title II (Executive & Administrative Officers of the Commonwealth) of MA General Laws by adding a new Chapter 21P (Plastic Bag Reduction) to restrict the use of single-use plastic bags by retail establishments.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 2494

Amends Title I (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order), Section 77 (Cruelty to Animals) of MA General Statutes to prohibit pet ownership by certain animal abuse offenders and to provide for certain penalties.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 2592

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control) of MA General Laws by adding new Sections 39H - 39M to: 1) restrict the sourcing of cats, dogs and rabbits by pet shops; and 2) amend existing consumer remedies for animals designated as "unfit for purchase".

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

SB 2760

Omnibus Joint Municipalities & Regional Government Committee legislation which contains provisions of several pending animal welfare and pet dealer bills.

DIED IN COMMITTEE ON ADJOURNMENT

REG 2019-001

Proposed rulemaking to amend Chapter 330 (Dept. of Agricultural Resources Regulations), Section 12.00 (Licensing and Operation of Pet Shops) of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations to clarify licensing procedures and facility and animal care standards for the operation of pet shops.

ADOPTED

REG 2019-002

Proposed rulemaking to amend Chapter 330 (Dept. of Agricultural Resources Regulations) by adding a new Section 30.00 (Animal Rescue and Shelter Organization Regulations) which would establish reasonable regulations for the operation of animal shelters and animal rescue organizations.

ADOPTED

ORD 2020001

Amends Chapter 2 1/2 (Animals & Fowl) of Pittsfield, MA City Code by adding a new Section 28.2 (Sale of Cats, Dogs and Rabbits) to prohibit the retail sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in city pet shops.

ADOPTED

ORD 2020002

Proposed article amends the Bylaws of Holliston, MA by adding a new Article 22 (Protecting Consumers and Animals in Holliston) which would restrict the commercial sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in the town's pet shops.

ADOPTED

ORD 2020003

Amends Chapter 16 (Animals) of Marshfield, MA Town Code by adding a new Article III to prohibit the retail sale of dogs, cats, or rabbits in town pet shops.

ADOPTED

ORD 2020004

Amends Chapter 27 (Dog Regulations) of North Adams, MA Municipal Code by adding a new Section 27-12 to prohibit the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in city pet shops.

PENDING

 

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