PIJAC

2021 Legislative Overview - Rhode Island

27 pet industry-related issues were proposed during the 2021 legislative session, 12 of which were designated as priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority ISSUES:

 

2021 SESSION (ADJOURNED ON 6/30/2021)

 

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 5040

Amends Title 4 (Animals & Animal Husbandry) of Rhode Island General Laws by adding a new Chapter 1.3 to create the "Animal Abuser Registry Act".

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

HB 5218

Amends Title 28 (Labor & Labor Relations), Chapter 28-12 (Minimum Wages) of RI General Laws by adding a new Section 28-12-26 (Public health disaster emergency hazard pay) requiring employers to pay "hazard pay" to employees involved in providing essential services during a declared public health emergency.

WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR

HB 5358/SB 37

Amends Title 23 (Health & Safety) of RI General Laws by adding a new Chapter 19.17 (Plastic Waste Reduction Act) to prohibit retail sales establishments from providing single-use plastic checkout bags.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 5577/SB 534/SB 601

Amends Title 4 (Animals & Animal Husbandry), Chapter 4-1 (Cruelty to Animals) of RI General Laws by adding a new Section 31.1 to provide that a civil or criminal court may, at their discretion, authorize the appointment of pro bono attorneys and supervised law students from a list maintained by the state Department of Environmental Management, to act as animal advocates in animal cruelty and abuse.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

HB 5617

Amends Title 4 (Animals & Animal Husbandry), Chapter 4-1 (Animal Cruelty), Section 4-1-3 (Unnecessary Cruelty) of RI General Laws to prohibit a person convicted of unnecessary cruelty to animals from owning or exercising control of an animal for life.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

SB 227

Amends Title 44 (Taxation), Chapter 44-18 (Sales and Use Taxes – Liability and Computation), Section 7.3 (Services defined) of RI General Laws to repeal the sales tax on pet care services.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

SB 309

Amends Title 4 (Animals & Animal Husbandry), Chapter 4-1 (Cruelty to Animals), Section 4-1-3 (Unnecessary cruelty) of RI General Laws to prohibit pet ownership by people convicted of certain animal cruelty offenses.

DIED IN STUDY ORDER

SB 610

Amends Title 28 (Labor & Labor Relations), Chapter 28-12 (Minimum Wages) of RI General Laws by adding a new Section 28-12-26 (Public health disaster emergency hazard pay) requiring employers to pay "hazard pay" to employees involved in providing essential services during a declared public health emergency.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

REG 2021-001

Proposed rulemaking amends Title 250 (Dept. of Environmental Management), Chapter 40 (Agriculture & Resource Marketing), Subchapter 05 (Animal Health), Part 3 (Rules and Regulations Governing Importation and Possession of Wild Animals) to establish a procedure for the issuance of permits for the importation and possession within Rhode Island of those exotic or native wild animals that are free of diseases and that do not pose a threat to humans, livestock and other domesticated animals, and native wildlife.

PENDING

 

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