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Legislation

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Legislation as of March 13, 2016: RI General Assembly
There are currently 32 bills under consideration at the RI General Assembly.

Defenders of Animals Supports the following 20 bills and is opposed to the 12 bills that follow:


House Bill No. 7061
BY Solomon, Edwards, Palangio, Williams, Serpa
(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.)
referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7083 (Sub A) is being processed)
BY Fellela, Carnevale, Messier, Winfield, Ucci
(Requires that animal shelters meet certain specified conditions prior to euthanizing an animal.)
referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 2100
BY Ruggerio, Walaska, Sosnowski, Archambault, Lynch Prata
(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.)
referred to Senate Judiciary


Senate Bill No. 2109
BY Archambault, Coyne, Conley, Goldin, Ciccone
(Authorizes police/animal control officer to hold animal up to 72 hours pending court hearing as to costs, fees, charges, surrender of ownership of the animal.)
03/03/2016 Referred to House Judiciary


Senate Bill No. 2657
BY Ruggerio, Lynch Prata, Sosnowski, Coyne, Archambault
(Imposes a penalty of imprisonment not exceeding two (2) years or a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000) where an offense of cruelty to an animal results in the animal’s death.)
Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
08/2016 Committee recommends passage




Senate Bill No. 2658
(Attorney General)
BY Ruggerio, Archambault, Nesselbush, Lombardi, Conley
(Increases the penalty for cruelty to animals, the malicious injury or killing of animals, from not more than 2 years to not more than 5 years, and increases the mandatory community service from 10 hours to 50 hours.)
referred to Senate Judiciary
Committee recommends passage



House Bill No. 7062
BY Serpa, McKiernan, O'Brien, Fogarty, Shekarchi
(Repeals certain provisions which accepted certain individuals from complying with care of dogs as it relates to tethering and confinement.)
referred to House H.E.W.



House Bill No. 7065 (Sub A is being processed)
BY Palangio, Winfield, Shekarchi, Lima, Serpa
(Requires that municipal animal control officers be certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association.)
Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government


House Bill No. 7257
BY Lima, Palangio, Maldonado, Fogarty, Shekarchi
(Permits dogs in outdoor dining areas of restaurants under certain circumstances.)
referred to House H.E.W.
03/11/2016 Scheduled for consideration (03/16/2016)


House Bill No. 7317
(Attorney General)
BY O'Brien, Serpa, Lima, Marshall, McKiernan
(Increases the penalty for cruelty to animals, the malicious injury or killing of animals, from not more than 2 years to not more than 5 years, and increases the mandatory community service from 10 hours to 50 hours.)
01/22/2016 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary




House Bill No. 7324
BY Serpa, Craven, O'Brien, Shekarchi, Lima
(Makes changes to and clarify the definition of what constitutes unlawful confinement of a "covered animal" and would apply them throughout the chapter accordingly.)
referred to House Environment and Natural Resources




House Bill No. 7392
BY Serpa, O'Brien, Shekarchi, Craven, Nardolillo
(Imposes a penalty of imprisonment not exceeding two (2) years or a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000) where an offense of cruelty to an animal results in the animal’s death.)
referred to House Judiciary



House Bill No. 7414
BY Shekarchi, Serpa, Corvese, Ackerman, Solomon
(Creates the "Animal Abuser Registry Act" which would require all persons convicted of animal abuse to register with an on-line registry to be established and maintained by the attorney general's office.)
referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 7604
BY Gallison, Serpa
(Prohibits the use of bullhooks or similar devices on elephants.)
referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 7605
BY Ucci, Palangio, Winfield, Marshall, Kazarian
(Creates a cause of action for the intentional or negligent death of a pet.)
referred to House Judiciary






House Bill No. 7800
BY Carnevale
(Authorizes an animal shelter to claim an animal has been abandoned by its owner and put the animal up for adoption or dispose of it in a humane way after a reasonable attempt has been made to find the owner.)
referred to House Judiciary




House Bill No. 7831
(Environmental Management)
BY O'Brien, McKiernan, Almeida, Carnevale, Marshall
(Raises the level of care required for animals being offered for sale and in facilities holding stray animals. It would increase penalties for those who mistreat animals in such facilities.)
referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 7440
BY Shekarchi, Serpa, Lima, Gallison, O'Brien
(Prohibits the possession sale or trade of shark fins by those without a permit and would make those in violation of this act guilty of a misdemeanor. Permits for limited purposes would be issued by DEM.)
referred to House Environment and Natural Resources



Senate Bill No. 2676
BY Sosnowski, Ruggerio, Walaska, DiPalma
(Prohibits the possession of shark fins by all persons except during the ordinary course of preparing the shark for consumption or sale, or with a permit for noncommercial scientific research.)
referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

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Defenders of Animals position: it is important that they receive a psychological evaluation and treatment.
Senate Bill No. 2522
BY Jabour, Picard, Pearson, Pichardo
(Adds hoarding of animals to the list of cruelty to animal offenses.)
referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture



Defenders of Animals position: This bill if passed will punish responsible pet owners that have over ten cats. In addition, many RI cities/towns do not have limits on the number of cats per household.

Senate Bill No. 2555
BY Jabour, Pearson, Ciccone, Lombardi, Kettle
(Limits the number of cats per household to ten (10) without special permission.)
referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

Defenders of Animals position: Too many cruel practices already take place on some farms. This bill would increase the inhumane acts that already take place.

Defenders of Animals position: Although there needs to be standards followed, the make up of the Livestock Welfare and Case Standards Advisory Council does not have animal rights representation.

BY Sosnowski, Conley, Archambault, Goldin, Crowley
(Requires livestock dealers to follow standards adopted by the livestock welfare and care standards advisory council.)
referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

Defenders of Animals position: There are many individuals taking care of abandoned cats and agencies doing the same not just "Releasing agencies." We are in favor of a wording change.
House Bill No. 7132
BY Edwards, Canario
(Exempts a "licensed releasing agency" from the offense of abandoning cats.)
Referred to House H.E.W.

Defenders of Animals position: This would be a horrible inhumane method of killing birds.
Senate Bill No. 2737
BY Lombardo, Lombardi, Archambault, Fogarty, Kettle
(Legalizes the taking of wild migratory birds by crossbow.)
referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

House Bill No. 7460
BY Corvese, Carnevale, Lima, Nardolillo, Chippendale
(Legalizes the taking of wild migratory birds by crossbow.)
02/04/2016 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


Defenders of Animals position: it is important that they receive a psychological evaluation and treatment.
House Bill No. 7258
BY Ackerman, Shekarchi, Solomon, Bennett, Fogarty
(Adds hoarding of animals to the list of cruelty to animal offenses.)
referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7645
BY Filippi
(Allows non-veterinarians to perform certain husbandry procedures that are commonly performed by owners of animal pets and livestock.)
referred to House H.E.W.


Senate Bill No. 2737
BY Lombardo, Lombardi, Archambault, Fogarty, Kettle
(Legalizes the taking of wild migratory birds by crossbow.)
Referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee

House Bill No. 7460
BY Corvese, Carnevale, Lima, Nardolillo, Chippendale
(Legalizes the taking of wild migratory birds by crossbow.)
referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 7768
BY Serpa, Ackerman, Fellela, Tobon, Lima
(Authorizes the director of the department of environmental management to promulgate rules and regulations to permit the administrative enforcement of regulations pertaining to cruelty to animals.)
referred to House Judiciary




House Bill No. 7738
BY Shekarchi
(Repeals the law on the control of vicious dogs and amends the definition of vicious dog.)
referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 7646
BY Shekarchi, Keable
(Limits the number of cats per household to ten (10) without special permission.)
referred to House H.E.W.


This bill incorrectly defines a broker as anyone that is involved in the placement of animal including a relative of the pet owner and any third party involved.

House Bill No. 7831
(Environmental Management)
BY O'Brien, McKiernan, Almeida, Carnevale, Marshall
(Raises the level of care required for animals being offered for sale and in facilities holding stray animals. It would increase penalties for those who mistreat animals in such facilities.)
referred to House Judiciary
Posted on Mar 13, 2016 by defenders
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