2021 Legislation

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Below you will find a list of public ordinances or bills that are being worked on by advocates and organizations across the country. 

*It is important to note that you should only ever contact your own council members or legislators. Policy makers want to hear from their own constituents about these issues and not advocates from across the country *

This page was updated on 4/1/2021

Local Humane Ordinances:

These are only the very public ordinances that are being worked on. Many more are currently being worked on behind the scenes. 

Aurora, Illinois- 

The council is still discussing the ordinance. If you are an Aurora Resident, you can contact the council directly here

Boise, Idaho-

The council is currently revamping their animal code and are considering adding a humane ordinance on the books. Boise will be discussing this ordinance at their council meeting on 4/6 at 6pm. To sign up to give public comment, please email the city council at: citycouncil@cityofboise.org by 12pm on 4/6. 

Colorado Springs, Colorado- 

There has been ongoing discussions in Colorado Springs regarding the passage of a humane ordinance. The Council recently hosted a town hall in order to get the opinions of citizens. 

If you live in Colorado Springs, please contact your city council and let them know that you support a humane pet store ordinance. 

Columbus, Indiana-

A humane ordinance was approved on the first reading and will come back for second reading. 

If you are a Columbus, IN resident, please contact the city council in support of this ordinance. 

Orange County, Florida- 

The county commissioners are currently discussing the passage of one of two ordinances. One ordinance would require all current puppy-selling stores to stop partnering with puppy mills. The second ordinance would allow them to continue on with business as usual, but would stop new puppy-stores from opening. 

If you are an Orange County Resident, please contact the commissioners here. 

Renton, Washington-

The city council has been asked to consider passing a humane ordinance. Please let the council know that as a constituent, you support the passage of a humane pet store ordinance! You can contact the Renton City Council here.

 

Active Statewide Bills Pertaining to Puppy Mills and Pet Stores:

Colorado- CO HB1102 

Brief overview: This bill would not allow new puppy-selling stores to open; this bill requires transparency for customers by requiring the stores to provide: breeder information, USDA number, price of the animal, interest rates for leases/loans. 

Status: Currently in Senate Ag Committee, passed out of the House.

If you are a Colorado Resident, you can contact your State Senators here

Connecticut: HB 6542

Brief Overview: This bill would clarify that local cities and counties can pass humane ordinances.

Status:  Had public hearing on March 5 , currently in Joint Committee on Planning and Development committee. 

If you are a Connecticut Resident, you can find your State Representative here. 

Florida: S1138

Brief Overview: This bill would prohibit pet stores from selling puppies and kittens from commercial breeders. 

Status: Currently in the Agriculture, Commerce and Tourism Committee; Rules -SJ 119 

If you are a Florida Resident, you can contact your State Senator here

Iowa: SF483 and HF705

SF483 Overview: This bill is a pet store preemption bill and would take away local control on many animal welfare issues. Formerly SB 1195, now SF 483. 

SF483 Status: Voted out of committee, now in the Senate. 

If you are an Iowa resident, you can contact your Senator here. We oppose this legislation because it would overturn all of the local animal ordinances that advocates have passed in recent years. 

HF705 Overview:  Among other things, this would allow Iowa Department of Agriculture inspectors to inspect  USDA facilities as well. 

HF705 Status: Had subcommittee hearing on March 2, 2020. 

No Action Alerts at this time. 

Illinois: HB 1711 and HB 572

HB 1711 Overview: Pet Stores can only provide dogs and cats for sale in their stores if they come from legitimate rescues and shelters. 

HB 1711 Status: Passed out of committee. Has been introduced to the full House. 

If you are an Illinois Resident, please contact your State Representative here. 

HB 572 Overview: Prevents puppy-selling stores from using 3rd party financing companies in order to curb the predatory interest rates often used. 

HB 572 Status: Voted out of committee, now in the House for a full vote. 

If you are an Illinois Resident, please contact your State Representative here. 

Kentucky: [R] SB 59

SB59 Overview: Prohibits retail pet shops from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits.

SB59 Status: Still pending in Senate Committee on Committees Committee

If you are a Kentucky resident, please contact your State Senator here. 

Maryland: [R] SB 103

SB 103 Overview: Altering the definition of “retail pet store” to include a broker that 5 transfers dogs or cats for resale by another person for purposes of certain provisions 6 of law regulating retail pet stores. 

SB 103 Status:. Passed out of the Senate and is pending in the House Economic Matters Committee. Has a Committee hearing on 3/23 at 1:30 est. 

If you are a Maryland Resident, please contact your State Representative here. 

Massachusetts: HD 929 and SD 848

HD 929 and SD 848 Overview: Pet Stores can only provide dogs and cats for sale in their stores if they come from legitimate rescues and shelters. 

HD 929 and SD 848 Status: Both bills are still active. 

If you are a Massachusetts Resident, contact your State Legislators here. 

Minnesota: SF 370 and HF 858

 SF 370 and HF 858 Overview: Pet Stores can only provide dogs and cats for sale in their stores if they come from legitimate rescues and shelters. 

 SF 370 Status: Pending in the Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy

HF 858 Status: Pending in the House Commerce Finance & Policy Committee

If you are a Minnesota Resident, you can contact your legislators here. 

New York: A.4283  and S.1130

A.4283  and S.1130 OverviewPet Stores can only provide dogs, cats and rabbits for sale in their stores if they come from legitimate rescues and shelters. 

A.4283 Status: Currently in Assembly Committee

S.1130 Status: Currently in Senate Agriculture Committee

If you are a New York Resident, please contact your State Legislators here.

Pennsylvania: SB234, known as Victoria’s Law. 

SB234 Overview: Pet Stores can only provide dogs, cats and rabbits for sale in their stores if they come from legitimate rescues and shelters. 

SB234 Status: Pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee

If you are a Pennsylvania Resident, please contact your Senator here. 

Texas: HB 1818

HB 1818 Overview: Pet stores must publicly post the source of the dog or cat being offered for sale: This bill also requires stores to only buy from licensed breeders, animal shelters or rescues. 

HB 1818 Status:  Passed out of the House Business committee and will head to rules committee before it goes to the House for a full vote. 

If you are a Texas Resident, please contact your State Representative here. 

Virginia: SB 1412

SB 1412 Overview: Prohibits anyone with an animal cruelty conviction from working at a pet store, dealer or commercial breeder. Prohibits sale of puppies to anyone with an animal cruelty conviction

SB 1412 Status: This bill passed out of the House and Senate. It is on the way to the Governor’s desk

If you are a Virginia Resident, please contact the Governor today and ask for his support on this bill. He has until March 31st to sign. 

Washington: HB 1424

HB 1424 Overview: This bill would not allow new puppy-selling stores to open. 

HB 1424 Status: Passed out of Senate Committee and will be placed on Senate floor calendar for a full vote. Cut off is 4/11. 

If you are a Washington Resident, please contact your Senator here

Are you interested in learning more about how to fight the puppy mill industry?

Bailing Out Benji has started a new Podcast and Youtube show where we go in-depth about this industry. We also have specific episodes about passing a humane ordinance in your town and how to get involved with lobbying on the local, state and federal level. New episodes are released on Wednesdays. 

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