Archive: Bills from 2017/18

stay updateddThese are the bills affecting animals that were introduced in the 2017/18 session.  The ones at the bottom passed – all others died on Dec. 31, 2018. 

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Senate Bills to support:

SB 54: “Puppy Lemon Law”– provides for dog purchaser protection. This bill gives people who purchase sick puppies more time to discover, treat and report their puppy’s condition to the seller to demand a refund or replacement and grants greater consumer protection to people whose families purchase sick or dying puppies so that sellers can be held responsible.  Introduced by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf  + 7 co-sponsors (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Passed CONSUMER PROTECTION AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE Committee: Contact your state senator to ask them to support.

SB 69:  “Cordelia’s Law” – (Fact Sheet) adds protection for horses, additional protections for cruelty to service dogs and provides for development  of guidelines for humane society police officer advisory board. Introduced by Senator John Eichelberger + 11 co-sponsors. (Co-sponsorship Memo).   Status: Rolled into HB 1238 signed into law as Act 10.All

SB 248: A Ban on Traveling Animal Exhibitions. Introduced by Senator Daylin Leach. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to JUDICIARY Committee.

SB 176: Child and Animal Abuse Cross Reporting – this bill will provide for more cross reporting of suspected cruelty to animals and suspected child abuse. Introduced by Senator Guy Reschenthaler + 15 co-sponsors (Co-sponsorship memo)  Referred to JUDICIARY.

SB 230: Animal Cruelty Penalty Increase for Cats and Dogs. Introduced by Sen. Lisa Boscola +12 co-sponsors (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to JUDICIARY.

SB 248: A Ban on Traveling Animal Exhibitions. Introduced by Senator Daylin Leach. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to JUDICIARY Committee.

SB 292: Anti-Canned hunt bill.  Introduced by Senator Daylin Leach. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to SENATE GAME AND FISHERIES

SB 298:  Senator Alloway’s Libre’s Law: increases the penalties for the most heinous of animal abuse. Senator Alloway + 27 co-sponsors. (Co-Sponsorship Memo)  Status: Status: Rolled into HB 1238 signed into law as Act 10.

SB 469: Animal Shelter Tax Credit. Introduced by Senator John Blake + 10 co-sponsors. Referred to FINANCE

SB 480: Pet Cruelty in Domestic Violence Situations. Introduced by Senator Andy Dinniman + 10 co-sponsors. (Co-Sponsorship Memo)  Status: Passed  JUDICIARY.

SB 612: Prohibits the use of live animals or fowl for target trap shoots and block shoots. Introduced by Senator Browne. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to JUDICIARY,

SB 636: The Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act.  Introduced by Senator Andy Dinniman + 12 co-sponsors. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Passed JUDICIARY.

SB 738: Modernizing Dog License Purchases and Updating Fees. Introduced by Sen. Schwank. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS,

SB 779: Updating the definition of a “service animal” to apply to more animals. Introduced by Senator Tomlinson. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to JUDICIARY.  This bill has been amended into HB 1216.

SR 35:  Animal abuse prevention task force. Introduced by Senators John Rafferty and Richard Alloway (Co-Sponsorship Memo).  Status: Referred to JUDICIARY.

SB 1154, Prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores unless sourced from shelters and rescues and require advertisers to include license numbers. Introduced by Senator Guy Reschenthaler +  16 co-sponsors (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Referred to JUDICIARY,

House Bills to support:

HB 13:  This bill requires that after an animal abuser is convicted, the victims of that abuse will be forfeited to an animal shelter,  furthers horse protection, creates an offense of aggravated cruelty to animals, addresses tethering/inclement weather.  Introduced by Rep. Ryan Bizzarro. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Status: Rolled into HB 1238 signed into law as Act 10.

HB 246: Increases penalties for individuals convicted of animal cruelty. Introduced by Re. Sainato (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to JUDICIARY

HB 248: Prohibiting the import, sale, purchase, and barter of ivory or rhinoceros horn. Introduced by Representative Madeleine Dean and Rep. Tarah Toohil + 24 co-sponsors (Co-sponsorship Memo). Status: referred to JUDICIARY

HB 268: Veterinarian Immunity Bill – provides civil liability to Veterinarians, Veterinarian technicians, and Veterinary assistants when they report suspected animal cruelty in good faith. Introduced by Representative Mark Keller + 36 co-sponsors. (Co-sponsorship Memo) Status: Status: Rolled into HB 1238 signed into law as Act 10.

HB 274Allowing judges to include pets in Protection from Abuse orders. Introduced by Rep. Marsico. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to JUDICIARY.

HB 308: Angel’s Law increased penalties for violations of the animal cruelty laws in Pennsylvania. Introduced by Rep. Dom Costa +27 co-sponsors (Co-Sponsorship Memo).

HB 323: Prohibits tethering a dog outside between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., in extreme weather; and limits the type of tether which may be used. Introduced by Representative Ed Neilson  + 14 co-sponsors. (Co-Sponsorship Memo) Status: Referred to House Judiciary Committee.

HB 493An Act designating the “shelter pet” as the official pet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Introduced by Rep. Schlossberg. (Co-Sponsorship Memo) Status: Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT.

HB 853Legislation increasing penalties associated with animal cruelty offenses. Introduced by Rep. Greiner. (Co-Sponsorship Memo) Status: Referred to JUDICIARY.

HB 1040: “Cash’s Law”- Sentence Enhancement for Killing or Maiming Victim’s Animal in the Course of a Burglary. Introduced by Rep. Farry. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to JUDICIARY,

HB 1044: Extends holding period for dogs found by police officers from 48 to 96 hours to aid in recovery of lost dogs. Introduced by Rep. Kortz. (Co-Sponsorship Memo) Status: Referred to AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS

HB 1197:  Adding animal fighting to the list of offenses that are enforceable under the state’s racketeering provisions. Introduced by Rep. Dom Costa (Co-Sponsorship Memo).  Status: Passed full house unanimously.

HB 1216: Allowing law enforcement to remove dogs and cats from hot cars. Introduced by Rep. Farry and Rep. Costa. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Passed House and second consideration in the Senate.  Awaiting final passage.

HB 1463: Streamlining the purchase of Dog License and increasing fees. Introduced by Rep. Pashinski. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS,

HB 1727:  Would allow counties to employ trained and qualified humane officers empowered to enforce dog law and the PA animal cruelty law. Introduced by Rep. Scott Conklin and 11 cosponsors. (Co-sponsorship Memo)

HB 1917:  clarifies  requirements for Humane Society Police Officers. Introduced by Rep. Ryan (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Amended to improve the original bill language in  the AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS . Passed first consideration – laid on the table.

HB 2164 – allowing for research animals to be adopted. Introduced by Rep. Readshaw (Co-sponsorship Memo) Status: Referred to AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

HB 2601 – Prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores unless sourced from shelters and rescues and require advertisers to include license numbers. Introduced by Rep. Jason Ortitay + 54 cosponsors.  (Co-Sponsorship Memo) Referred to AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

House Bills to Oppose:

HB 1273: Allowing ownership of hedgehogs and sugar gliders as pets. Introduced by Rep. Zimmerman. (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Status: Referred to GAME AND FISHERIES, Status: Defeated: 121-70

Bills/Resolutions Passed:

HB 1238: Comprehensive Animal Cruelty Bill (Libre’s Law), tethering, immunity for veterinarians and humane society police officers and more. (Fact sheet).  Introduced by Rep. Todd Stephens + 37 co-sponsors. Status: Passed into law – now Act 10!

HR 9: a Resolution recognizing February 2017 as “National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month”  and February 28,  as “World Spay Day” in Pennsylvania. Passed.

HR 54: Resolution Designating February 24, 2015, as “Spay Day in Pennsylvania – introduced by Representative Mike Schlossberg (Co-Sponsorship Memo). Passed.

HR 242: A Resolution recognizing April 29, 2017, as “World Veterinary Day” in Pennsylvania. Introduced by Rep. Zimmerman. Passed.

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For information on the outcome of bills affecting animals in the 2015/16 session check:  Bills from 2015/16 in our Archive section.


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