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2015 Rhode Island Legislative Report
Legislative Status Report
March 21, 2015
Defenders of Animals is in support of the following 18 bills, but is opposed to the eight bills that follow in their present form: (Please follow us on Facebook for legislative updates)

House Bill No. 5162
BY Solomon, Shekarchi, Williams, Serpa, Roberts
(Requires that the shelter and nourishment of dogs conform to standards set by Tufts Animal Care and Conditions Scale.)
01/21/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5573
BY Serpa, Handy, Palangio, Shekarchi, Lima
(Requires those individuals under an order by an animal control officer to tether or confine dogs, training facilities, licensed hunters and sled dog owners to comply with the provisions of this chapter.)
02/25/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 253
BY Walaska, Ciccone, McCaffrey
(Creates an animal abuser registry and would provide for penalties for failure to register.)
02/11/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

House Resolution No. 5194
BY Morgan, Filippi, Giarrusso, Price, 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
01/21/2015 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5414
BY Keable, Lally, Serpa, Shekarchi, Kennedy
(Requires a court of competent jurisdiction to order the appointment of an animal care advocate where animal cruelty is at issue.)
02/12/2015 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5430
BY Roberts, Costa, Newberry, Barros, Casey
(Makes it a disciplinary offense for a veterinarian’s failure to return an animal after treatment, solely because of an unpaid bill.)
02/12/2015 Introduced, referred to House Corporations

House Bill No. 5466
(Attorney General)
BY O'Brien, Palangio, Amore, Slater, Casey
(Increases the imprisonment penalty for a malicious injury or killing of an animal from 2 to 5 years. Also, imposes an additional assessment if it can be proven that the convicted person is found to have committed said offense in the presence of a child.)
02/12/2015 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5505
BY Serpa, Shekarchi, O'Brien, Kazarian, McKiernan
(Makes changes in the definitions of what constitutes unlawful confinement, and would apply them throughout the chapter accordingly.)
02/12/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5477
BY Serpa, Shekarchi, O'Brien, Kazarian, McKiernan
(Prohibits and/or regulates the possession or sale of shark fins.)
02/12/2015 Introduced, referred to House Environment and Natural Resources

Senate Bill No. 346
(by request)
BY Felag
(Provides a protected area around recognized wildlife refuges in which hunting with weapons would be prohibited.)
02/12/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 156
BY Miller
(Prohibits 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.)
02/05/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

House Bill No. 5677
BY Palangio, Serpa, Winfield, Regunberg, Lima
Prohibits a city or town from enacting any rule, regulation, or ordinance restricting an individual or organization from providing food or shelter to a domesticated animal.)
referred to House Municipal Government

House Bill No. 5660
BY Handy, Palangio, Fellela, Serpa, Fogarty
- SALE OF IVORY OR RHINOCEROS HORNS (Prohibits any person from importing, selling, offering for sale, purchasing, bartering, or possessing with intent to sell, any ivory, ivory product, rhinoceros horn, or rhinoceros horn product, with limited exceptions.)
02/26/2015 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

H 5678
Introduced By:
Representatives Palangio, Serpa, Winfield, Regunberg, and Lima
Referred To:
House Municipal Government
This act would require that municipal animal control officers be certified by the National
Animal Care & Control Association.


H 5669
LEAD SHOT PROHIBITION
Introduced By:
Representatives Handy, Ajello, Palangio, and Lombardi
Date Introduced:
February 26, 2015
Referred To:
House Environment and Natural Resources
This act would create a General prohibition on the use of lead shot for hunting.
S 0258
Introduced By:
Senators Archambault, Lombardi, DiPalma, Ciccone, and Ruggerio
Date Introduced:
February 11, 2015
Referred To:
Senate Judiciary
This act would authorize a law enforcement or animal control officer to hold an animal confined in a motor vehicle up to seventy two (72) hours pending a district court hearing as to medical costs, fees, charges, and/or surrender of physical possession and ownership.
This act would take effect upon passage.

S 0504
LEAD SHOT PROHIBITION
Introduced By:
Senator Joshua Miller
Date Introduced:
February 26, 2015
Referred To:
Senate Judiciary
This act would create a general prohibition on the use of lead shot for hunting.
This act would take effect upon passage.

H 5799
Introduced By: Representatives Bennett, Melo, Solomon, McNamara, and Hull
Date Introduced:
March 05, 2015
Referred To:
House Health, Education & Welfare

This act would require certain persons entrusted with the care of animals to report any neglect or abuse reasonably believed to have been inflicted upon the animal.

This act would take effect upon passage.


Defenders of Animals is opposed to the following legislation in their present form:

Senate Bill No. 203
BY Sosnowski, Sheehan, Archambault, Fogarty, Walaska
Allows non-veterinarians to perform certain husbandry procedures that are commonly performed by owners of animal pets and livestock.)
02/11/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

Senate Bill No. 347
BY Walaska, Ciccone, McCaffrey
(Would require that any dog seized as a result of dog fighting or unprovoked attacks upon human beings be placed in the care of the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals.)
02/12/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5223
(by request)
BY Edwards, Canario
(Exempts a "licensed releasing agency" from the offense of abandoning cats.)
01/29/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5504
BY Ackerman, Shekarchi, Palangio, Regunberg, O'Brien
(Adds hoarding of animals to the list of cruelty to animal offenses. This act would take effect upon passage.)
02/12/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5584
BY Shekarchi, Solomon, McKiernan, Regunberg, Maldonado
(Limits the number of cats per household to ten (10) without special permission.)
02/25/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5585
BY Shekarchi, McKiernan, Regunberg, Maldonado, Trillo
(Would require that any dog seized as a result of dog fighting or unprovoked attacks upon human beings be placed in the care of the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals.)
02/25/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

S 0411
Introduced By:
Senators Jabour, Lombardi, Archambault, DiPalma, and McCaffrey
Date Introduced:
February 25, 2015
Referred To:
Senate Environment & Agriculture

This act adds hoarding of animals to the list of cruelty to animal offenses.
This act would take effect upon passage.

H 5800
BREED SPECIFIC
Introduced By:
Representatives Barros, Tobon, Abney, Coughlin, and Johnston
Date Introduced: March 05, 2015
Referred To: HEW

This act would make all municipal breed specific animal regulating ordinances enacted before July 15, 2013, binding and enforceable until repealed by the appropriate officials of the city or town
This act would take effect upon passage.
Posted on Mar 21, 2015 by defenders
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