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Legislation

(Introduced on behalf of Defenders of Animals)


2014 Legislation Supported or Opposed by Defenders of Animals
Senate Bill No. 2138
BY Walaska
(would create an animal abuser registry and would provide for penalties for failure to register)
01/29/2014 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

Senate Bill No. 2139
BY Walaska, Ruggerio
(would ban battery cages during farming of chickens)
01/29/2014 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

Senate Bill No. 2189
BY Archambault, Ruggerio, DiPalma, Goldin, Lombardi
(would regulate the treatment of captive elephants and would make the inhumane treatment of elephants in violation of this section a felony)
01/30/2014 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

Senate Bill No. 2312 SUB A
BY Ruggerio, Sosnowski, Miller, Archambault, Goldin
(would specifically make it a misdemeanor to confine any animal in a motor vehicle if it is done in a manner that places the animal in a life or extreme health threatening situation)
05/28/2014 Senate passed Sub A
05/29/2014 Referred to House Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 2739
BY Archambault, Ciccone, Lombardi, Ruggerio
(This act would require that animal shelters meet certain specified conditions prior to euthanizing an animal.)
03/06/2014 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

House Bill No. 7019
BY Canario, Edwards, Gallison, Finn, Marshall
(would require persons who have been convicted of felony animal abuse to annually register with his/her local police dept. for 15 years.)
02/21/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/26/2014)
02/26/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7099
BY Shekarchi, Ackerman, Coderre, Serpa, Costa
(would authorize a sentencing judge to consider extreme circumstances when determining a penalty for a person convicted of animal cruelty)
02/21/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/26/2014)
02/26/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7187
BY Fellela, Serpa, Messier, Dickinson, Ucci
(would require that animal shelters meet certain specified conditions prior to euthanizing an animal)
01/23/2014 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/21/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/26/2014)
02/26/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7192
BY Gallison, Serpa, Shekarchi, Casey, Fellela
(would specifically regulate the treatment of captive elephants and would make the inhumane treatment of elephants a felony)
04/07/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/15/2014)
04/15/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Resolution No. 7221
BY Morgan, Trillo, Costa, Newberry, Chippendale
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND ADOPT A MANDATORY CHILD ABUSE/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ANIMAL ABUSE CROSS REPORTING SYSTEM (State of Rhode Island Adopt a mandatory child abuse/domestic violence and animal abuse cross reporting system)
02/21/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/26/2014)
02/26/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7496
(by request)
BY Abney, Ackerman, Martin, Ruggiero, Casey
(would specifically make it a misdemeanor to confine any animal in a motor vehicle if it is done in a manner that places the animal in a life or extreme health threatening situation)
02/13/2014 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/21/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/26/2014)
02/26/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7595
BY O'Brien, Almeida, McNamara, Keable, Kazarian
(This act would double the maximum prison sentence from two (2) to four (4) years as well as increasing the required community service for the malicious injury or killing of animals.)

02/26/2014 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
04/07/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/15/2014)
04/15/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7670
BY Palangio, Canario, Cimini, Lima, DeSimone
(Requires sheltering and nourishment of dogs conform to standards by Tufts Animal Care and Conditions Scale regarding conditions and sets penalties for violations.)
02/27/2014 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/24/2014 Scheduled for hearing (03/26/2014)
03/26/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7888
BY Ucci, Winfield, Martin, Abney, O'Brien
(This act would require that all dogs be quarantined for at least forty-eight (48) hours to allow a veterinarian to examine the dog and either issue a health certificate or continue the quarantine until the dog is free of any and all diseases.)
03/06/2014 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 8205
BY Palangio, Serpa, Lima, Bennett, Winfield
(This act would require that dogs be spayed if they are over six (6) months old unless adopted from a licensed releasing agency or if an "intact" permit is issued for the dog.)
05/15/2014 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
05/19/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/21/2014)
05/21/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Senate Bill No. 2140
BY Miller, Lynch, Metts
(would prohibit the taking, killing, destroying, pursuing or molesting of any wild bird along the west shore of the Providence River from Gaspee Point to Fields Point)
01/29/2014 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

House Bill No. 7858(by request)
BY Guthrie
(Makes it a felony to hunt deer on privately owned land without the written permission of the owner. This act would also make it a felony to make, set or use any trap or salt lick or other device to ensnare, entice, take, injure or kill a deer.)
03/04/2014 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
04/07/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/09/2014)
04/09/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Senate Bill No. 2140
BY Miller, Lynch, Metts
(would prohibit the taking, killing, destroying, pursuing or molesting of any wild bird along the west shore of the Providence River from Gaspee Point to Fields Point)
01/29/2014 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

Defenders of Animals is opposed to the following legislation:



Senate Bill No. 2687 SUB A
(Environmental Management)
BY Sosnowski
(would allow the director of environmental management to appoint one or more inspectors in the state rather than a commissioner in each county to inquire into the condition of any domestic animal)
03/05/2014 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture
05/14/2014 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
05/15/2014 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/21/2014)
05/21/2014 Senate passed Sub A
05/22/2014 Referred to House Environment and Natural Resources
05/30/2014 Scheduled for consideration (06/05/2014)

Senate Bill No. 2691
(Environmental Management)
BY Sosnowski, Archambault, Cool Rumsey, Goldin
(Requires the DEM director to approve the new location and manner of relocation of animals displaced from facilities that had their license or registration revoked.)
03/05/2014 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture
05/14/2014 Committee recommends passage
05/15/2014 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/21/2014)
05/21/2014 Senate read and passed
05/22/2014 Referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 7198
BY Bennett, Shekarchi, Ferri, McNamara, Messier
(would provide that breed specific municipal laws be limited to spaying or neutering)
01/23/2014 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
01/31/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/06/2014)
02/06/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7266
BY Guthrie, Bennett, Corvese, Ucci
(would exclude from the definition of "vicious dogs", any dog which is owned, harbored or trained for the purposes of dog fighting)
01/30/2014 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/21/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/26/2014)
02/26/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7480 SUB A
(Environmental Management)
BY Shekarchi, Costantino, Ackerman, Ruggiero, Serpa
(would allow the director of environmental management to appoint one or more inspectors in the state rather than a commissioner in each county to inquire into the condition of any domestic animal)
02/13/2014 Introduced, referred to House Environment and Natural Resources
04/17/2014 Committee recommends passage
05/20/2014 House passed as amended (floor amendment)
05/22/2014 Referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture
05/23/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/28/2014)
05/28/2014 Committee recommends passage of Sub A


House Bill No. 7630
BY Bennett, Shekarchi, McNamara, Ferri, Hull
This act would allow the city of Warwick to enact or adopt a rule, regulation or ordinance pertaining to spaying or neutering of pit bulls and Staffordshire bull terriers located in the city.
02/26/2014 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
03/20/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7671
BY Finn, Abney, Gallison, Martin, Canario
(Would eliminate the present five (5) day impoundment holding period to adopt a kitten or puppy from a litter, if they are less than six (6) months old. A "litter" shall be considered two (2) or more animals of apparently the same age, breed or mix.)
02/27/2014 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/24/2014 Scheduled for hearing (03/26/2014)
03/26/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 8067
(by request)
BY Shekarchi, Phillips
(This act would create the Ocean State Animal Coalition motor vehicle plate to help raise revenue and provide reduce-price spaying and neutering services for cats and dogs.)

04/17/2014 Introduced, referred to House Finance
05/02/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/07/2014)
05/07/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2266
BY Sosnowski, Hodgson, Kettle, Cool Rumsey, Cote
(would allow farmers to protect their crops by hunting and possessing deer without first obtaining deer tags or a hunting license)
02/04/2014 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture
05/02/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/07/2014)
05/07/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Senate Bill No. 2914
BY Sosnowski
(This act authorizes the director of DEM to issue special collector's permits for taking, handling and/or possession of any species of wild animals for studies of wildlife populations.)
04/30/2014 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

House Bill No. 7859
BY Chippendale
(This act would allow the killing or trapping of an otter if done in accordance with regulations adopted by the director of the department of environmental management.)
03/04/2014 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
04/02/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/09/2014)
04/09/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7860
BY Chippendale
(This act would permit the hunting of migratory game birds by archery equipment including crossbow.)
03/04/2014 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
04/02/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/09/2014)
04/09/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7778
BY Walsh, Corvese
Authorizes the DEM director to issue special permits for taking, handling and/or possession of wild animals, notwithstanding the prohibition of silencers and loaded weapons in vehicles.)

02/27/2014 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
04/02/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/09/2014)
04/09/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 7344
BY Walsh, Costantino, Chippendale, Bennett
(would allow farmers to protect their crops by hunting and possessing deer without first obtaining deer tags or a hunting license)
02/06/2014 Introduced, referred to House Environment and Natural Resources
02/21/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/27/2014)
02/27/2014 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Senate Bill No. 2953
(Environmental Management)
BY Sosnowski
(Enables the director of department of environmental management to monitor special permits to take or possess any species of wild animals.)
05/01/2014 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture
05/02/2014 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/07/2014)
05/07/2014 Committee recommends passage
05/08/2014 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/14/2014)
05/14/2014 Senate read and passed
05/15/2014 Referred to House Judiciary
Posted on Jun 01, 2014 by defenders
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