PIJAC

2020-2021 Legislative Overview - New Jersey

102 pet industry-related issues were proposed in the first year of the 2020-2021 legislative session, 38 of which were designated as priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

 

2020 SESSION (ADJOURNED ON 12/22/2020)

 

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

AB 194

"Rocky's Law" amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) of NJ Revised Statutes requires every animal rescue organization facility, shelter, pound, and pet shop in the State to establish an animal’s health, behavioral, and medical history prior to offering the animal for adoption or sale.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 317

Amends Title 45 (Professions & Occupations), Section 1-18 (Investigative powers of board, director, or attorney general) of NJ Revised Statutes to require animal and veterinary facilities to register with the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and to be inspected by the board on an annual basis.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 443

Amends New Jersey Revised Statutes to prohibit persons violating animal cruelty law from owning, keeping, or harboring animals.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 527

Amends New Jersey Revised Statutes to provide for the establishment and implementation of an animal cruelty offender registry that would require the continuing registration of animal cruelty offenders and allow for the public disclosure of certain information pertaining to those offenders.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 663

Creates the Pet Groomers Licensing Act (Bijou's Law).

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1355

Amends New Jersey Revised Statutes to prohibit persons violating animal cruelty law from owning, keeping, or harboring animals.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1516

Amends Title 56 (Trade Names, Trademarks & Unfair Trade Practices) of NJ Revised Statutes by adding a new section requiring a person who is found to have negligently performed pet grooming services to register with the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law & Public Safety.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1581

An Act to establish a New Jersey "Invasive Species Task Force".

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1698

Creates rights of action for pecuniary damages against person committing certain harm to domestic companion animal.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 1992

An Act establishing the "New Jersey One Health Task Force" in the Department of Health, charged with developing a strategic plan to promote inter-disciplinary communication and collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, and other scientific professionals and State agencies, with the goal of promoting the health and well-being of the State’s residents, animals, and environment.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2319

"Moose's Law" would prohibit persons convicted of criminal animal cruelty offenses from:  1) commencing, operating, applying for employment, being employed, or volunteering at, or participating in any capacity in, an “animal-related enterprise”; or 2) acquiring or owning any domestic companion animal for a definitive period of time, as specified by a court.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2613

Amends Title 2A (Administration of Civil & Criminal Justice) of NJ Revised Statutes to establish a civil action for damages (to include non-economic damages) that may be brought by any person who has a right of ownership in an animal that is injured or killed as a result of an unlawful and intentional, or a negligent act of another.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2784

Amends the NJ Administrative Procedure Act to authorize a Department of Environmental Protection rulemaking to prevent backsliding of certain State environmental regulations due to changes in federal law or regulation.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 2832

Amends Title 45 (Professions & Occupations), Section 1-18 (Investigative powers of board, director, or attorney general) of NJ Revised Statutes to require animal and veterinary facilities to register with the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and to be inspected by the board on an annual basis.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 3307

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) to provide for the establishment and implementation of an animal abuser registry system that would require the continuing registration of animal abuse offenders and allow for the public disclosure of certain information pertaining to those offenders.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 3632

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) and Title 54A (NJ Gross Income Tax Act) of NJ Revised Statutes to establish additional requirements for operation and oversight of animal shelters, pounds, and kennels operating as shelters or pounds.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4280

Amends Title 46 (Professions & Occupations) of NJ Revised Statutes to require licensing of pet groomers.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4308

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals), Sections 19-15.8 (Licensing of kennel, pet shop, shelter, pound) and 19-15.14 (Rules & Regulations for kennels, pet shops, shelters, pounds) of NJ Revised Statutes to require each pet shop in the State to install and operate surveillance cameras throughout the pet shop.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4644

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) of NJ Revised Statutes by repealing the "NJ Pet Purchase Protection Act" and replacing it with provisions prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats or rabbits by pet shops.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

AB 4880

Amends NJ Revised Statutes to include animal cruelty against a victim’s animal within the definition of domestic violence and other types of abuse and to establish immunity for reporting animal cruelty.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

ACR 128

A Concurrent Resolution encouraging municipalities to require that pet shops only sell cats or dogs obtained from shelters, pounds, or animal rescue organizations, and counties to enforce requirement wherever adopted.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 119

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) to provide for the establishment and implementation of an animal abuser registry system that would require the continuing registration of animal abuse offenders and allow for the public disclosure of certain information pertaining to those offenders.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 342

Amends the NJ Administrative Procedure Act to authorize a Department of Environmental Protection rulemaking to prevent backsliding of certain State environmental regulations due to changes in federal law or regulation.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 347

Amends § 4:22-26 (Penalties for various acts constituting cruelty) of NJ Revised Statutes to prohibit surgical declawing of cats and other animals.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 448

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals), Section 22-11.2 (NJSPCA continued to coordinate function of county societies) of New Jersey Revised Statutes to require the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) to be accountable to the Attorney General and provide that it would not be authorized to undertake an investigation or law enforcement activity or operation in any county without the prior approval of the county prosecutor for that county.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 636

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) of NJ Revised Statutes by adding a new section establishing requirements for the operation of shelters, pounds, kennels operating as shelters or pounds, and veterinary holding facilities and for their regulation as regulated animal holding facilities.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 722

Amends Title 2A (Administration of Civil & Criminal Justice) of NJ Revised Statutes to establish a civil action for damages (to include non-economic damages) that may be brought by any person who has a right of ownership in an animal that is injured or killed as a result of an unlawful and intentional, or a negligent act of another.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 787

"Rocky's Law" amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) of NJ Revised Statutes requires every animal rescue organization facility, shelter, pound, and pet shop in the State to establish an animal’s health, behavioral, and medical history prior to offering the animal for adoption or sale.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 874

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) of NJ Revised Statutes by repealing the "NJ Pet Purchase Protection Act" and replacing it with provisions prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats or rabbits by pet shops.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 1258

"Moose's Law" would prohibit persons convicted of criminal animal cruelty offenses from:  1) commencing, operating, applying for employment, being employed, or volunteering at, or participating in any capacity in, an “animal-related enterprise”; or 2) acquiring or owning any domestic companion animal for a definitive period of time, as specified by a court.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 1749

The "Dog Trainer Licensing Act" amends Title 45 (Professions & Occupations) of NJ Revised Statutes to provide for the regulation and licensing of dog trainers.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 1834

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals) and Title 54A (NJ Gross Income Tax Act) of NJ Revised Statutes to establish additional requirements for operation and oversight of animal shelters, pounds, and kennels operating as shelters or pounds.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 2223

An Act to supplement the Pet Purchase Protection Act to prohibit certain pet dealers from selling dogs or cats obtained from certain breeders and brokers and to require those pet dealers to submit an annual report.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 2530

Amends Title 4 (Agriculture & Domestic Animals), Sections 19-15.8 (Licensing of kennel, pet shop, shelter, pound) and 19-15.14 (Rules & Regulations for kennels, pet shops, shelters, pounds) of NJ Revised Statutes to require each pet shop in the State to install and operate surveillance cameras throughout the pet shop.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 2531

Amends Title 46 (Professions & Occupations) of NJ Revised Statutes to require licensing of pet groomers.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

SB 3168

Amends NJ Revised Statutes to include animal cruelty against a victim’s animal within the definition of domestic violence and other types of abuse and to establish immunity for reporting animal cruelty.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 UPON ADJOURNMENT

ORD 2020002

Proposed Ordinance No. 2020-1242 would amend the Manville, NJ Code of Ordinances to restrict the retail sale of dogs, cats and other animals in borough pet shops.

PENDING

ORD 2020003

Proposed Ordinance No. 2020-33 amends Chapter 74 (Animals) of the Robbinsville, NJ Township Code by adding a new Article VI (Restrictions on the Sale of Animals) to prohibit the retail sale of dogs and cats in the township.

PENDING

 

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