PIJAC

2021 Legislative Overview - Pennsylvania

22 pet industry-related issues were proposed during the 1st year of the 2021-22 legislative session, 11 of which were designated as priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

 

2021 SESSION ADJOURNED ON 12/31/21

2022 SESSION CONVENES ON 1/4/22

 

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 201

Amends Title 34 (Game), Sections 2961 (Definitions) and 2963 (Exotic Wildlife Possession Permits) of PA Consolidated Statutes by: 1) Redefining "exotic wildlife" and "exotic wildlife dealer"; and 2) Discontinuing the issuance of Exotic Wildlife Possession Permits.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 327

Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Offense), Article F (Offenses Against Public Order & Decency), Chapter 55 (Riot, Disorderly Conduct & Related Offenses), Subchapter B (Cruelty to Animals) of PA Consolidated Statutes by adding a new Section 5539.1 providing for the offense of kidnapping of animals.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 459

Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses), Chapter 55 (Riot, Disorderly Conduct and Related Offenses), Subchapter B. (Cruelty to Animals), Section 5555 (Prohibition of Ownership) of PA Consolidated Statutes to further provide for the prohibition of pet ownership for persons convicted of animal cruelty violations.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 769

Amends Title 34 (Game), Subchapter D (Permits Relating to Wildlife), Section 2961 (Definitions) of PA Consolidated Statutes to exclude birds, rats and mice, rabbits, hedgehogs, sugar gliders and domestic ferrets from the definition of "exotic wildlife".

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 1137

Amends Article II (Licenses, Tags and Kennels), Section 207 (Requirements for Kennels) of PA Dog Law by adding a new Subsection c.2 (Display of information by pet shop-kennels) to further provide for pet shop-kennel dog cage signage requirements.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 1299/SB 234

Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses), Chapter 55 (Riot, Disorderly Conduct & Related Offenses) of PA Consolidated Statutes by adding a new Subchapter C (Transfer and Sale of Animals) to prohibit the retail sale of dogs, cats, or rabbits by pet shops.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 1735

Amends Title 3 (Agriculture), Chapter 8 (Dogs: Dog Law), Section 459-207 (Requirements for Kennels) of PA Statutes to provide for additional primary enclosure and temperature requirements for certain dog kennels.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

HB 2052

Amends Title 42 (Judiciary & Judicial Procedure) of PA Consolidated Statutes by adding a new Section 9778 to provide for a statewide Animal Abuser Registry.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

SB 896

Amends Section 204 (Exclusions from Tax) of the PA Tax Reform Code to exempt certain products and services for guide dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs from the state's sales and use tax.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

SB 907

The "Animal Welfare Board Act" would establish the Animal Welfare Board to review existing laws and regulations in this Commonwealth related to the keeping and handling of animals.

CARRIED OVER TO 2022 SESSION

 

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