PIJAC

2021 Legislative Overview - Massachusetts

59 pet industry-related issues were proposed during the 1st year of the 2021-22 legislative session, 35 of which were designated as priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

 

2021 SESSION ADJOURNED ON 1/4/22

2022 SESSION CONVENES ON 1/5/22

 

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 305

"Ollie's Law" amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 39H to provide for the licensing of pet daycare and training kennels.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 306

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 378

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control) of MA General Laws by adding an new Section 39G to provide for pet groomer licensing and facility inspections.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 384/SB 230

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 869/SB 579

The "Prevent Plastic Grocery Bags from Entering the Environment Act" 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 the use of single-use plastic carryout bags by retail establishments.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 902

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 917

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control) of MA General Laws by adding a new section to provide restrictions on dogs brought into the Commonwealth by animal rescue organizations.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 949/SB 595

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 992

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 999/SB 563

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 1563

An Act to establish a commission to study the intentional misrepresentation of a service animal.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 1565

Amends Title I (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order) of MA General Laws by adding a new Section 98B to provide for the offense of misrepresentation of a service animal.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 1651/HB 1652

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 1656

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 1669

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 1670

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

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 1824

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 2130

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 2146

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 129 (Livestock Disease Control) of MA General Laws by adding new Sections 39H to 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".

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 2148/SB 1322

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

SB 525

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

SB 545

Amends Title XIX (Agriculture & Conservation), Chapter 128 (Agriculture), Section 1A (Farming, Agriculture, Farmer; Definitions) of MA General Laws to exempt commercial dog breeding and dog grooming from the definition of "farming".

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

SB 551

An Act to create an Animal Advisory Board to the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

SB 585

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.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

SB 1111

Amends Title 1 (Crimes and Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency and Good Order), Section 77 (Cruelty to animals; prohibition from work involving contact with animals) of MA General Laws to restrict pet ownership by certain animal cruelty offenders.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

SB 1131

"Crawford's Law" amends Part IV (Crimes, Punishments & Proceedings in Criminal Cases), Title I (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order) of MA General Laws to award non-economic damages for the wrongful death of a companion animal.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

SB 1341

Amends Part IV (Crimes, Punishments & Proceedings in Criminal Cases), Title I (Crimes & Punishments), Chapter 272 (Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency & Good Order) of MA General Laws to award non-economic damages for the wrongful death of a companion animal.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

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.

ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL

ORD #2021-2

Ordinance No. 2021-2 amends Chapter 110 (Animals) of Springfield, MA City Code by adding a new Section 110-14 to prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits by city pet shops.

ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL

 

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