State Legislative Update
Prepared by Department of State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
AVMA Communications Division
January 15, 2014
State Legislative Update January 2014
Happy New Year! Over half of the state legislatures are already in session and activity is picking up. Some important bills have been introduced in recent days, including:
Alabama HB 93 would require an animal shelter owner, operator, manager or director to compile and make available to the public a monthly report detailing the number of animals that have entered the facility and their disposition.
Missouri SB 646 would create a commission to license and regulate animal shelters, pounds, boarding kennels, commercial kennels, pet shops, exhibition facilities, dealers and commercial breeders.
The Louisiana Board of Animal Health issued rules for the care and well-being of bovine, equine, ovine, caprine, porcine and poultry bred, kept or used for market, show or profit. The rules include standards for management and destruction of animals during an emergency and guidelines for mass euthanasia. Incidentally, the enabling statute prohibits local government entities from enacting any regulation that establishes standards of care applicable to these categories of animals, unless it is reviewed and approved by the state board.
Local government watch
Effective Jan. 17, 2014, the Phoenix, Az. City Council voted to prohibit pet shops in the city from selling dogs and cats, unless they come from shelters or rescue groups. Pet shops will be required to keep records for up to a year showing the source of all dogs and cats. Violators of the ordinance could face up to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Phoenix joins several other cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Austin, that have enacted similar restrictions.
The State Agricultural and Rural Leaders (SARL) held their annual meeting in Oklahoma City on Jan. 3-5, 2014, with about 250 in attendance. SARL is a group of state and provincial legislators responsible for adjusting and implementing the policies that address food production, natural resource management, and rural development. The AVMA continues to be one of several sponsors of this meeting each year. Among the topics discussed at this year’s summit were food safety and public health concerns, hazardous weather response procedures for animals, and animal welfare issues, including recent livestock trespassing legislation that restricts videos and photos obtained at animal-processing plants.
2013 state legislative year-end report
The AVMA recently issued its State Legislative End of Year Report for 2013
. Last year, states considered and enacted numerous bills and regulations relating to the practice of veterinary medicine. Over the course of 2013, we saw considerable activity in the area of pharmacy, including compounding and prescription monitoring. We have also seen an increased interest in the regulation of veterinary services provided by shelters and other not-for-profits.
The year-end report provides a summary of the various veterinary practice and animal health issues state lawmakers considered in 2013, as well as a more comprehensive review of the bills and regulations tracked by the AVMA. Also included are several court decisions and other policy developments that are particularly relevant to veterinary medicine.
The link at the top or bottom of this page will take you to the latest chart of significant pending bills and regulations from around the country.
State Legislative Update - January 2014