188th General Court - Bills To Watch

Click on Bill # to read position paper and full bill text. A condensed list of bills and their status can be downloaded here: MassFed Bills To Watch. Click here to download the MassFed Hearing Schedule.

Note: MassFed Priority Bills show "support" or "oppose" in BOLD and are organized by Committee assignment.

If you cannot attend a hearing you may submit written testimony via email!

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This chart will be updated as bill text is received and analyzed. Updated: 7/8/14.

Bill #SponsorName/Description PositionHearing Action
Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government (JMR) 617-722-2090 or 617-722-1660
HB1824 Refile HB2887 Rep. Coakley-Rivera (D) An Act Establishing a Seized Animal Fund Support 6/4/13 11am State House Rm B1 3/18/14 Sent to Study
HB1825 Refile HB2886 Rep. Coakley-Rivera (D) An Act Regulating the Sale of Dogs Support 6/4/13 11am State House Rm B1 11/14/13 Reported faborably as amended - see HB3762
HB1826 Rep. Coakley-Rivera (D) An Act Relative to the Tethering of Dogs Outside Support with Amendment 6/4/13 11am State House Rm B1 1/13/14 Place on Orders of the Day for next session; scheduled for House Session 3/5/14; 6/30/14 scheduled for House session
HB1840 Rep. Gobi (D) An Act Relative to Dog Pens and Kennels Support 6/4/13 11am State House Rm B1 11/14/13 Attached to favorable report by Joint Cmte of HB1826
HB1852 Refile HB2326 Rep. Kafka (D) An Act to Ensure Adequate Care of Animals in Cities & Towns Oppose 6/4/13 11am State House Rm B1 3/17/14 Referred to House Cmte on Steering, Policy & Scheduling; 4/3/14 Ordered to 3rd reading; 6/30/14 scheduled for House session
HB1874 Rep. Reinstein (D) An Act to Protect Puppies and Kittens Oppose 6/4/13 11am State House Rm B1 11/14/13 Reported favorably - attached to HB1825
HB3762 Joint Committee on Municipalities An Act Relative to Protecting Puppies and Kittens Support x 11/14/13 New Draft HB1874/SB401/HB1825, referred to House Ways & Means
SB401 Sen. Spilka (D) An Act to Protect Puppies and Kittens Oppose 6/4/13 11am State House Rm B1 11/14/13 Reported favorably - attached to HB1825
SB942 Sen. Eldridge (D) An Act Protecting Abandoned Animals in Vacant Properties Support 6/4/13 11am State House Rm B1 7/22/13 Reported favorably with amendment by JMR; 8/8/13 Referred to Senate Ethics & Rules; 6/19/14 Order of the day, adopted Amedment, Ordered to Third Reading, Passed to be Engrossed; 6/23/14 Referred to House Cmte on Steering, Policy & Scheduling; 6/26/14 Placed on House orders of the day; 6/30/14 scheduled for House Session
SB952 Sen. Jehlen (D) An Act Strengthening the Enforcement of Certain Dog Laws Support 6/4/13 11am State House Rm B1 11/14/13 Attached to favorable report by Joint Cmte of HB1826
SB957 Sen. Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Tethering of Dogs Oppose 6/4/13 11am State House Rm B1 3/19/14 Sent to Study
SB969 Sen. Rush (D) An Act Relative to Dangerous Dogs in Cities and Towns Oppose 6/4/13 11am State House Rm B1 9/24/13 Sent to Study
Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculature (JEN) 617-722-1551 or 617-722-2210
HB680 Rep. Coakley-Rivera (D) An Act Reltative to Pet Grooming Oppose 6/3/13 10am-2pm Prouty HS Auditorium 3/17/14 Sent to Study
HB3342 Rep. Cantwell (D) An Act Regulating Boarding Kennels and Daycare Facilities for Dogs Oppose as written 10/23/13 Hearing 1pm State House Rm A-1 3/17/14 Sent to Study
SB375 Rep. Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Privately Operated Animal Shelters Oppose 10/23/13 Hearing 1pm State House Rm A-1 3/17/14 Reported favorably by JEN Cmte; 3/27/14 Referred to Senate Cmte on Ethics & Rules
Joint Committee on the Judiciary (JJU) 617-722-2396 or 617-722-1639
HB1172 Rep. Arciero (D) An Act Relative to Service Trained Dogs Support 4/16/14 1pm State House Rm A2 3/19/14 Extension Order filed; 6/20/14 Sent to Study
HB1182 Refile HB2793 Rep. Ayers (D) An Act Relative to the Penalty for Killing, Maiming or Poisoning of Animals Oppose as written 7/9/13 1pm State House Rm A1 3/19/14 Extension Order filed; 6/30/14 Reported favorably as amended carrying SB1914, SB807, SB767; 7/7/14 New Draft HB4244, 7/7/14 Referred to House Ways & Means
HB1243 Rep. Campbell (D) An Act Updating the Law Relating to Posting a Security for Seized Animals in Cruelty Cases Oppose 4/16/14 1pm State House Rm A2 3/19/14 Extension Order filed; 6/20/14 Sent to Study
HB1262 Refile HB2810 Rep. Coakley-Rivera (D) An Act Increasing Penalties for Cruelty to Animals Support 7/9/13 1pm State House Rm A1 3/19/14 Extension Order filed; 6/20/14 Sent to Study
HB1363 Refile HB2176 Rep.Gobi (D) An Act Reltative to Dog Training Areas in the Commonwealth Support 10/22/13 Hearing 1pm State House Rm B-2 3/19/14 Extension Order filed; 6/20/14 Sent to Study
HB1416 Refile HB2228 Rep. Kafka (D) An Act Establishing a Public Registry of Animal Abusers Oppose 7/9/13 1pm State House Rm A1 3/19/14 Extension Order filed; 6/20/14 Sent to Study
HB1578 Rep. Reinstein (D) An Act Relative to Stolen Animals Oppose 7/9/13 1pm State House Rm A1 3/19/14 Extension Order filed; 6/20/14 Sent to Study
SB767 Sen. Montigny (D) An Act Relative to a Private Cause of Action to Prevent the Cruel and Inhumane Treatment of Animals Oppose 10/22/13 Hearing 1pm State House Rm B-2 3/19/14 Extension Order filed; 6/30/14 attached to favorable report of HB1182
SB807 Refile SB876 Sen. Tarr (R) An Act Establishing an Animal Abuse Registry Oppose 7/9/13 1pm State House Rm A1 3/19/14 Extension Order filed; 6/30/14 attached to favorable report of HB1182
SB1914 Sen. Tarr (R) An Act Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety (PAWS) Oppose as written 4/24/14 1pm State House Rm A2 6/30/14 attached to favorable report of HB1182
Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure (JCP) 617-722-2030 or 617-722-1200
HB246 Refile HB1895 Rep. Mahoney (D) An Act to Establish a Subsidiary Board for Veterinary Technology Oppose 1/28/14 1pm State House Rm A2 3/19/14 Reported Favorably; 4/14/14 Referred to House Ways & Means
HB272 Refile HB1023 Rep. Peterson (R) An Act Relative to the Definition of a Kennel Oppose 6/11/13 1pm State House Rm A1 3/19/14 Reported Favorably; 4/14/14 Referred to House Steering, Policy & Scheduling, 5/14/14 scheduled for House session
Joint Committee on Financial Services (JFS) 617-722-2220 or 617-722-1634
HB918 Refile HB2054 Rep. Gobi An Act Concerning the Use of Certain Insurance Underwriting Guidelines Pertaining to Dogs Support 9/17/13 1pm State House Rm A-1 3/19/14 Sent to Study
Joint Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security (JPSF) 617-722-2230 or 617-722-1222
SB1172 Sen. Spilka An Act Ensuring the Safety of People with Pets in Disasters Support 4/4/13 1pm State House Rm A-1 7/22/13 Reported favorably by JPSF; 10/09/2013 - S Reported favorably as amended by Senate Committee on Ways and Means; S Referred to Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules; S Placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session; 10/10/2013 - S Amendment(s) adopted (Senate Ways and Means); S Ordered to a third reading; S Passed to be engrossed (38/0). 1/15/14 House ordered to third reading; 3/13/14 Enacted by House; 3/17/14 Enacted by Senate; 3/17/14 Laid before Governor; 3/24/14 Signed by Governor