SB 891

  • Virginia Senate Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 08, 2020
  • Passed Senate Feb 11, 2020
  • Passed House Mar 05, 2020
  • Signed by Governor May 21, 2020

Animal welfare regulations; keeping of dogs, cats, and rabbits.

Abstract

Animal welfare regulations; keeping of animals; State Animal Welfare Inspector. Directs the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt comprehensive regulations governing the keeping of dogs and cats by any pet shop. The regulations are to require an annual $25 registration for any nonprofit or governmental entity required to register, $250 for any private, for-profit entity required to register, and may establish standards that apply only to a particular category of  currently unregulated entity. The bill creates the position of State Animal Welfare Inspector as an employee of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and directs the Inspector or a representative to conduct at least one annual inspection of each pet shop.

Animal welfare regulations; keeping of animals; State Animal Welfare Inspector. Directs the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt comprehensive regulations governing the keeping of dogs and cats by any pet shop and providing for certain inspections of private animal shelters. The regulations are to require an annual $25 registration by every regulated person or facility and may establish standards that apply only to a particular category of regulated entity. The bill creates the position of State Animal Welfare Inspector as an employee of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and directs the Inspector or a representative to conduct at least one annual inspection of each pet shop and private animal shelter. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

Animal welfare regulations; keeping of animals; State Animal Welfare Inspector. Directs the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt comprehensive regulations governing the keeping of dogs and cats by any pet shop by July 1, 2022. The regulations are to require a $250 annual registration fee for any private, for-profit entity required to register, and, where necessary, shall establish standards that apply only to a particular category of currently unregulated entity. The bill creates the position of State Animal Welfare Inspector as an employee of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and directs the Inspector or a representative to conduct at least one unannounced, annual inspection of each pet shop.

Animal welfare regulations; keeping of dogs,cats, and rabbits; Animal Welfare Inspector. Directs the Boardof Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt comprehensive regulationsgoverning (i) the keeping of dogs, cats, and rabbits by any commercialdog breeder, dealer, pet shop, or private or public animal shelterand (ii) the keeping of companion animals by zoos. The regulationsare to require an annual $25 registration by every regulated personor facility and may establish standards that apply only to a particularcategory of regulated entity. The bill creates the position of State Animal Welfare Inspector as an employee of the Commissioner of Agricultureand Consumer Services and directs the Inspector or a representativeto conduct two annual inspections of each regulated facility. Finally,the bill directs the State Veterinarian to convene a technical advisorycommittee that includes representatives of potentially affected breeders,dealers, pet shops, shelters, agencies, zoos, veterinarians, and others, as well as representatives of the Office of the Attorney General,to assist in the development of regulations and guidance requiredby the bill.

Bill Sponsors (2)

Votes


Actions


May 21, 2020

Office of the Governor

Approved by Governor-Chapter 1284 (effective 7/1/20)

Apr 29, 2020

Senate

Reenrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on April 29, 2020

Office of the Governor

Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., May 22, 2020

Apr 22, 2020

Senate

Reenrolled bill text (SB891ER2)

Senate

Reenrolled

Office of the Governor

Governor's recommendation adopted in-part

House

VOTE: (58-Y 33-N)

House

House concurred in Governor's recommendation #'s 2, 3 and 4 (58-Y 33-N)

Senate

Senate concurred in Governor's recommendations #'s 2,3 and 4 (30-Y 9-N)

Senate

Senate rejected Governor's recommendation #1 (3-Y 36-N)

House

Signed by Speaker as reenrolled

Senate

Signed by President as reenrolled

Apr 11, 2020

Senate

Governor's recommendation received by Senate

Mar 17, 2020

Senate

Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020

Office of the Governor

Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020

Mar 13, 2020

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB891ER)

Mar 12, 2020

Senate

Signed by President

House

Signed by Speaker

Senate

Enrolled

Mar 05, 2020

House

Engrossed by House as amended

Senate

House amendments agreed to by Senate (29-Y 10-N)

House

VOTE: Passage (64-Y 35-N)

House

Passed House with amendments (64-Y 35-N)

House

Read third time

Mar 04, 2020

House

Read third time

House

Passed by for the day

House

Amendments by Delegate Bulova agreed to

House

Committee on Appropriations amendments rejected

House

Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources amendments rejected

House

House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

Mar 03, 2020

House

Read second time

Feb 28, 2020

House

House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

House

Reported from Appropriations with amendments (13-Y 9-N)

Feb 26, 2020

House

Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 3-N)

House

Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (17-Y 5-N)

House

Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources

House

Referred to Committee on Appropriations

Feb 19, 2020

House

Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)

Feb 14, 2020

House

Placed on Calendar

House

Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture

House

Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

House

Read first time

Feb 13, 2020

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB891ES1)

Feb 11, 2020

Senate

Read second time

Senate

Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

Senate

Printed as engrossed 20107722D-ES1

Senate

Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB891ES1

Senate

Committee amendment agreed to

Senate

Reading of amendment waived

Senate

Committee substitute agreed to 20107722D-S1

Senate

Reading of substitute waived

Feb 10, 2020

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N)

Feb 06, 2020

Senate

Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (14-Y 0-N)

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB891S1)

Feb 04, 2020

Senate

Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (14-Y 0-N 1-A)

Senate

Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations

Senate

Committee substitute printed 20107722D-S1

Jan 29, 2020

Senate

Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals

Jan 28, 2020

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB891)

Jan 08, 2020

Senate

Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

Senate

Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101575D

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Impact statement from DPB (SB891S1) HTML
Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB891ES1 HTML
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB891ER) HTML
Reenrolled bill text (SB891ER2) HTML
Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1284) HTML

Related Documents

Document Format
Amendment: SB891AS HTML
Amendment: SB891AHR HTML
Amendment: SB891AHE HTML
Amendment: SB891AH HTML
Amendment: SB891AG HTML

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