PIJAC

2020-2021 Legislative Overview - Virginia

28 pet industry-related issues were proposed in the first year of the 2020-2021 legislative session, 14 of which were designated as priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

 

2020 SESSION (ADJOURNED ON 3/9/2020)

 

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 534

Amends Title 58.1 (Taxation), Subtitle III (Local Taxes) of the Code of Virginia by adding a new Article 7.2 (Disposable Plastic Bag Tax) to authorize any locality to impose a tax of 5 cents per bag on disposable plastic bags provided to consumers by certain retailers.

ENACTED

HB 1151

Amends Title 15.2 (Counties, Cities and Towns), Chapter 9 (General Powers of Local Governments), Article 2 (Waste & Recycling) and Title 58.1 (Taxation), Subtitle III (Local Taxes), Chapter 38 (Miscellaneous Taxes) of the Code of Virginia by adding a adding provisions authorizing any locality to impose a tax of 5 cents per bag on disposable paper bags or disposable plastic bags provided to consumers by certain retailers.

FAILED TO PASS SENATE

HB 1480

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care, & Food), Subtitle V (Domestic Animals), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Article 6 (Authority of Local Governing Bodies) of the Code of Virginia by adding a new Section 15.2-912.4 (Regulation of pet shops; exception) to authorize a locality to regulate or restrict by ordinance the acquisition, marketing, and sale of animals in a pet shop.

CARRIED OVER TO 2021 SESSION

HB 1673

Amends Title 58.1 (Taxation), Chapter 17 (Miscellaneous Taxes) of the Code of Virginia by adding a new Section 1745 to allow localities to impose a five-cent per bag tax on plastic bags provided to customers by retailers in grocery stores, convenience stores, or drugstores in the Commonwealth.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 11

Amends Title 58.1 (Taxation), Subtitle III (Local Taxes) of the Code of Virginia by adding a new Article 7.2 (Disposable Paper Bag and Plastic Bag Tax) to authorize any locality to impose a tax of 5 cents per bag on disposable paper bags or disposable plastic bags provided to consumers by certain retailers.

ENACTED

SB 114

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care & Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care) of the Code of Virginia to further provide for violations of certain requirements regarding the sale and boarding of animals.

ENACTED

SB 193

Amends Title 15.2 (Counties, Cities and Towns), Chapter 9 (General Powers of Local Government) of the Code of Virginia by adding a new Section 926.4 (Optional ban on providing disposable plastic shopping bags) to allow any locality, by ordinance, to prohibit the distribution, sale and offer for sale of disposable plastic shopping bags to consumers.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 198

Amends Title 15.2 (Counties, Cities and Towns), Chapter 9 (General Powers of Local Governments), Article 1 (Public Health and Safety; Nuisances) of the Code of Virginia by adding a new Section 15.2-926.5 (Optional Ban on Providing Disposable Plastic Shopping Bags).

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 303

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care & Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Article 3 (Transportation & Sale of Animals) of the Code of Virginia by adding a new Section 3.2-6511.2 (Dealers; Importation and Sale of Dogs; Penalty) to prohibit any dealer or commercial dog breeder from importing for sale, selling, or offering for sale any dog bred by a person who has received certain citations pursuant to enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

ENACTED

SB 337

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

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR

SB 742

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care & Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Article 3 (Transportation & Sale of Animals) of the Code of Virginia by creating a new Section 6513.2 to prohibit the rental or leasing of a dog or cat.

ENACTED

SB 786

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care, and Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Article 6 (Authorities of Local Governing Bodies), Section 3.2-6546 (County or City Animal Shelters; Confinement and Disposition of Animals) of the Code of Virginia to require certain housing, space, and care conditions for an animal that is confined by the operator or custodian of a public or private animal shelter or releasing agency during an applicable stray hold period.

ENACTED

SB 891

Amends Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care, and Food), Chapter 65 (Comprehensive Animal Care), Article 1 (General Provisions) of the Code of Virginia by adding new sections to:  1) Create the position of State Animal Welfare Inspector; and 2) Direct the Board of Agriculture & Consumer Services to adopt comprehensive regulations governing the keeping of dogs, cats, and rabbits by any commercial dog breeder, dealer, pet shop, or private or public animal shelter.

ENACTED

SJR 68

A House Joint Resolution requesting the VA Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services to study the need for animal care regulations addressing temperature extremes.

ADOPTED

 

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