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Legislative Update as of March 11, 2017
House Bill No. 5160
BY Lima, Serpa, Fellela, Keable, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Prohibits declawing on a cat or other animal, unless a veterinarian has determined that the procedure is necessary for a therapeutic purpose. Any person who violates this section would be subject to a fine.)
{LC108/1}
01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5161
BY Lima, Serpa, Keable, Fogarty, Fellela
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- DISPOSITION OF RESEARCH ANIMALS (Requires educational institutions using dogs or cats for medical research to make animals no longer useful for research available for adoption.)
{LC103/1}
01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5556
BY Lima, Coughlin, Solomon, O'Brien, Fellela
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- PETS--CUSTODY (Requires the best interest of a domestic animal to be considered in awarding possession to a party to the action.)
{LC1272/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 5326
BY Solomon, Edwards, O'Brien, Williams, Serpa
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- DOGS (Requires that the sheltering and nourishment of dogs conform to the industry standards established by the Tufts Animal Care and Conditions Scale regarding outside sheltering, proper nourishment, sanitary conditions, and physical condition.)
{LC204/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5104
BY Corvese, Ucci, Winfield, Azzinaro, Coughlin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- ANIMAL ABUSER REGISTRY ACT (Creates the "Animal Abuser Registry Act" which requires all persons convicted of animal abuse to register with an online registry to be established and maintained by the attorney general's office.)
{LC334/1}
01/12/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 349
BY Archambault, Sosnowski, Conley, Coyne, Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - ANIMAL CARE (Imposes on breeders requirements already in place on other pet custodial agencies.)
{LC1096/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
02/23/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/28/2017)
02/28/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study



House Bill No. 5061
BY Keable, Williams, Serpa, Lima, Solomon
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMAL AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Requires a court of competent jurisdiction to order the appointment of an animal care advocate where animal cruelty is at issue.)
{LC394/1}
01/11/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study



House Bill No. 5214
BY Ucci, Winfield, O'Brien, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (Creates cause of action up to ($5,000) for intentional or negligent death of a pet on the owner's property.)
{LC932/1}
01/26/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Resolution No. 5392
BY Morgan, Nardolillo, Roberts, Mendonca, Giarrusso
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND ADOPT A MANDATORY CHILD ABUSE/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ANIMAL ABUSE CROSS REPORTING SYSTEM
{LC1142/1}
02/03/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study






House Bill No. 5605
BY Serpa
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT OF A COVERED ANIMAL (Defines covered animals and prohibits their abuse and sale.)
{LC1659/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Environment and Natural Resources


House Bill No. 5678
BY Donovan, Ranglin-Vassell, Casimiro, Carson, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RHODE ISLAND FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES ACT (Guarantees persons with service animals reasonable access to housing provided the service animal does not provide a direct threat to the health and safety of others.)
{LC1601/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.




House Bill No. 5728
BY Shekarchi, Serpa, Solomon, Ackerman, Lima
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY – CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Imposes penalties for the deliberate or unintentional harming or killing of any animal during the commission of any crime and any sentence imposed would run consecutively to any sentence imposed for the underlying offense.)
{LC1884/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5875
BY Edwards, Bennett, Serpa, Lima, O'Brien
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (Exempts a "humane animal welfare group" from the offense of the abandonment of cats.)
{LC1984/1}
03/08/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5882
BY Ackerman, Shekarchi, Lima, Serpa, O'Brien
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Adds hoarding of animals to the list of cruelty to animal offenses, and requires a mental health evaluation for a person convicted of animal cruelty involving hoarding.)
{LC2001/1}
03/09/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


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Senate Bill No. 390 (will support Provided it requires a mental health evaluation for a person convicted of animal cruelty involving hoarding.)
BY Jabour, Lombardi, Doyle, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Defines animal hoarding and would add animal hoarding to the list of conduct considered cruelty to animals and proscribed by law.)
{LC1610/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


Senate Bill No. 356 (Will support provided any RI incorporated humane organization is incuded)
BY Ruggerio, Goodwin, Sosnowski, Miller, Pearson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES (Creates the Ocean State Animal Coalition motor vehicle plate to help raise revenue and subsidize spay and neuter services for cats and dogs.)
{LC1520/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs
02/23/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/01/2017)
03/01/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study



House Bill No. 5425 (Will support provided any RI incorporated humane organization is incuded)
BY Serpa, Winfield, Solomon, Canario, Costantino
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES (Creates the Ocean State Animal Coalition motor vehicle plate to help raise revenue and subsidize spay and neuter services for cats and dogs.)
{LC1221/1}
02/08/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance



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Senate Bill No. 110 (Defenders of Animals is against this bill; it is cruelty to animals and unsafe)
BY Lombardo, Kettle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FISH AND WILDLIFE - BIRDS (Legalizes the taking of wild migratory birds by crossbow.)
{LC919/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

House Bill No. 5386 (This legislation would allow anyone on a farm to perform a number of practices without having the expertise of a veterinarian and would result in cruelty to farm animals)
BY Filippi, Roberts, Quattrocchi, Chippendale, Price
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - VETERINARY PRACTICE (Allows non-veterinarians to perform certain husbandry procedures that are commonly performed by owners of animal pets and livestock.)
{LC680/1}
02/03/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5470 (This legislation would allow anyone on a farm to perform a number of practices without having the expertise of a veterinarian and would result in cruelty to farm animals)
(Dept. of Environmental Management)
BY Shekarchi, Bennett, Shanley, Cunha, Filippi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- VETERINARY PRACTICE (Removes certain restrictions on who can perform routine husbandry procedures on livestock and allows a licensed human medical practitioner to assist a licensed veterinarian.)
{LC1340/1}
02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Posted on Mar 11, 2017 by defenders
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