PIJAC

2021 Legislative Overview - Maryland

24 pet industry-related issues were proposed during the 2021 legislative session, 9 of which were designated as priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

 

2021 SESSION (ADJOURNED ON 4/12/2021)

 

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 146

Amends Title 2 (Department of Agriculture), Subtitle 16 (Spay/Neuter Fund) of Maryland Agriculture Code to extend the fund and the fee on commercial feed.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 154/SB 292

"Buddy's Law" amends Section 11-110 of the Maryland Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article to alter the maximum amount of compensatory damages that may be awarded to an owner of a pet from a person who tortiously causes an injury to or death of the pet under certain circumstances.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 314/SB 223

Amends Title 19 (Miscellaneous State Business Regulation), Subtitle 1 (General Provisions) of MD Business Regulation Code by adding a new Section 106 to prohibit the distribution of plastic carryout bags by retail establishments.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 581/SB 486

The "Maryland Essential Workers' Protection Act" amends Title 3 (Employment Standards and Conditions) of MD Labor & Employment Code by adding a new Subtitle 3-1603 to require an essential employer to provide essential workers with public health emergency leave to essential workers (which would be paid for by a state or federal program) during a public health emergency.

HB 581 BECAME LAW W/O GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE

SB 103

The “Retail Pet Stores and the Task Force to Study Canine Breeding Facilities and Sourcing Standards Act” provides for the composition, chair and staffing of the "Task Force to Study Canine Breeding Facilities and Sourcing Standards".  Requires the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and certain committees of the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2021.

BECAME LAW W/O GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE

SB 545

An Act establishing the Task Force to Study Canine Breeding Facilities.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR

 

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