189th 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: 08/24/16.

Bill #SponsorName/Description PositionHearing Action
No Committee Assignment
SD2459 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Prevent the Euthansia & Overpopulation of Animals Due to Irresponsible Breeding Practices OPPOSE x x
Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government (JMR) 617-722-1612 or 617-722-2090
HB1826 Refile HB3762 Rep. Garrett Bradley (D) An Act Relative to Protecting Puppies and Kittens Support 1/21/16 11am State House Rm B1 3/16/16 Sent to Study
SB1103

SB2370 (NewDraftSB1103)

SB2390
Sen. Karen Spilka (D) An Act Relative to Protecting Puppies and Kittens

SB2390 renamed An Act Providing Additional Penalties for the Improper Treatment of Certain Animals
Support

Oppose amended text
1/21/16 11am State House Rm B1 3/16/16 Reported favorably by JMR; 04/11/16 Referred to Senate Cmte on Ways & Means; 06/28/16 Amendments Adopted (Senate Ways & Means, New Draft SB2370, Passed by Senate; 6/30/16 Rec'd by House, referred to House Committee on Ways & Means
HB1848 Refile HB1852 Rep. Louis Kafka (D) An Act to Ensure Adequate Care of Animals in Cities and Towns Oppose 1/21/16 11am State House Rm B1 3/16/16 Sent to Study
HB1865 Refile SB942 Rep. David Rogers (D) An Act Protecting Abandoned Animals in f Properties Support 1/21/16 11am State House Rm B1 3/16/16 Sent to Study
SB1072

New Text SB2375
Sen. James B. Eldridge (D) An Act Protecting Abandoned Animals in Vacant Properties Support 1/21/16 11am State House Rm B1 3/7/16 Reported favorably by JMR Cmte; 3/14/16 new text - SB2174. 3/14/16 Referred to Senate Committee on Rules; 06/23/16 NewText SB2375; 06/28/16 Ordered to Third Reading, Passed by Senate; 6/30/16 Rec'd by House, referred to House Cmte on Steering, Policy & Scheduling; 07/29/16 Placed on Orders of the day for 07/30/16
HB1866 Rep. David Rogers (D) An Act Strengthening the Enforcement of Certain Dog Laws position paper in progress 1/21/16 11am State House Rm B1 3/7/16 Reported favorably by JMR Cmte; 3/09/16 Referred to House Cmte on Steering, Policy & Scheduling; 04/07/16 Ordered to Third Reading, Placed in Orders of the Day for next session 4/13/16 House Session; Placed in Orders of the Day for next session 5/25/16 House Session; 6/15/16 House Session; 6/30/16 House Session, 7/7 House Session; House Session 7/14; Placed on orders of the day for 07/30/16
HB3266 Rep. Bruce Ayers (D) An Act Relative to Puppy Mills position paper in progress 1/21/16 11am State House Rm B1 3/16/16 Sent to Study
SB1081 Refile HB1840 Sen. Anne M. Gobi (D) An Act Relative to Dog Pens and Kennels Support 1/21/16 11am State House Rm B1 3/16/16 Reported favorably as amended by JMR (amended text not yet available); 04/11/16 Referred to Senate Cmte on Rules
SB1085 Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D) An Act Strengthening the Eforcement of Certain Dog Laws position paper in progress 1/21/16 11am State House Rm B1 03/7/16 Reported favorably by JMR Cmte; 3/7/16 Referred to Senate Cmte on Rules; 06/23/16 Attached to favorable report by Senate Joint Committee to SB878
SB1092 Refile SB957

SB2229 new text
Sen. Mark Montigy (D) An Act Relative to Tethering of Dogs position paper in progress 1/21/16 11am State House Rm B1 03/16/16 Reported favorably as amended by JMR; 04/19/16 New Draft; 04/19/16 SB2229; 04/19/16 Referred to Senate Cmte on Rules; 6/23/16 attached to favorable report by Joint Committee of SB878
Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculature (JEN) 617-722-2133 or 617-722-2210
HB630 Refile HB3342 Rep. James Cantwell (D) An Act Regulating Boarding Kennels and Daycare Facilities for Dogs Oppose 10/28/15 1:00pm State House Rm B1 3/11/16 Sent to Study
HB634 Refile HB680
HB634 Amemded Text
Rep. James Cantwell (D) An Act Relative to Pet Grooming Oppose 10/28/15 1:00pm State House Rm B1 03/04/16 Reported favorably as amended by JEN Cmte; 03/07/16 New Draft substituted - now HB4046; 03/07/16 referred to House Committee on Ways & Means
HB649 Rep. Daniel Donahue (D) An Act Relative to the Importation of Animals for Rescue position paper in progress 10/28/15 1pm Rm B1 3/16/16 Sent to Study
SB443 Rep. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Privately Operated Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations position paper in progress 10/28/15 1:00pm State House Rm B1 3/9/16 Reported favorably by JEN; 3/24/16 Referred to Senate Ways & Means
SB444 Rep. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Provide Equal Access to Service Animal Trainers position paper in progress 10/28/15 1:00pm State House Rm B1 1/25/16 Referred to Senate Committee on Rules
SB445 Rep. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Additional Funding for Animal Welfare and Safety Programming position paper in progress 11/05/15 1:00pm State House Rm B1 1/25/16 Referred to Senate Committee on Ways & Means
Joint Committee on the Judiciary (JJU) 617-722-2396 or 617-722-1639
HB1151 Refile HB1172 Rep. Arciero (D) An Act Relative to Service Trained Dogs Support with Modified Language 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 3/16/16 Sent to Study
HB1220 Refile HB1243

HB1220 070616 amendments
Rep. Linda Campbell (D) An Act Relative Updating the Law Relating to Posting a Security for Seized Animals in Cruelty Casess Oppose 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 3/16/16 Extension order filed until 5/2/16; 5/2/16 Extension order filed until 6/1/16; 6/2/16 Referred to Joint Committee on Judiciary, Reported favorably by Joint Committee on Judiciary; Referred to House Committee on Steering, 6/9/16 Placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session; 6/9/16 Ordered to a third reading; 6/15/16 House session; 6/29/16 House session; House session 06/30/16; 07/05/16 Amendments adopted, passed to be engrossed; 7/7/16 Rec’d by Senate, referred to Senate Cmte on Rules
HB1273 Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D) An Act to Protect the Health and Safety of Animals in Cars Support 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 Extension order filed until 5/2/16; 5/5/16 Sent to Study
SB878

SB2369 (SB878NewDraft)

SB2369 with amendments
Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Protect the Health and Safety of Animals in Vehicles

New Title:An Act to Prevent Animal Suffering & Death
Support

OPPOSE new text
10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 4/4/16 Sent to Study; 5/20/16 Discharged from study-referred to Senate Rules; 05/20/16 House Concurred in committee referral; 05/24/16 Senate Reported favorably by Joint Committee on Rules; 05/24/16 Referred to Senate Cmte on Rules; 06/28/16 Adopted as Amended - new draft SB2369, Passed by Senate; 6/30/16 Rec'd by House, referred to House Cmte on Steering, Policy & Scheduling; House session 7/14; 7/14 Ordered to 3rd reading; Placed on order of the day for 07/30/16; 08/04/16 Amendments adopted; 08/04/16 Passed by House; 08/08/16 Senate concurred w/House amendments; 08/11/16 Enacted by House & Senate; 08/19/16 signed by Governor
HB1310 Rep. William Galvin (D) An Act Relative to Animal Abuse position paper in progress 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 3/16/16 Sent to Study
HB1367 Refile HB1748 Rep.Paul Heroux (D) An Act to Increase the Fine for Harming a Police Dog or Horse Support 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 3/16/16 Sent to Study
HB1385 Rep. Steven Howitt (R) An Act Relative to Establishing an Animal Abuse Registry position paper in progress 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 3/16/16 Sent to Study
HB1423 Refile HB1416 Rep. Louis Kafka (D) An Act Establishing a Public Registry of Animal Abusers position paper in progress 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 3/16/16 Sent to Study
HB1573 Refile HB1594 Rep. Byron Rushing (D) An Act Relative to the Repeal of Certain Archaic Laws Concerning Animals position paper in progress 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 3/16/16 Sent to Study
HB3446 Rep. Brian Mannal (D) An Act to Criminalize Animal Abuse in the Presence of Children position paper in progress 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 3/16/16 Sent to Study
SB851 Sen. John Keenan (D) An Act Relative to the Wrongful Death or Injury of Animal Companions Oppose 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 4/4/16 Sent to Study
SB876 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to a Private Cause of Action to Prevent the Cruel and Inhumane Treatment of Animals position paper in progress 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 4/4/16 Sent to Study
SB832 Sen. Anne Gobi (D) An Act Relative to Dog Training Areas in the Commonwealth Support 10/21/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 & A2 4/4/16 Sent to Study
Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure (JCP) 617-722-2030 or 617-722-1200
HB224 Refile HB246 Rep. John Mahoney (D) An Act to Establish a Subsidiary Board for Veterinary Technology Oppose 06/02/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A1 3/16/16 Sent to Study
Joint Committee on Public Health (JPH) 617-722-1206 or 617-722-2130
HB2061 Rep. John Scibak (D) An Act Relative to Expanding Veterinary Treatment Practces Support 11/17/15 2:00pm; State House Gardner Auditorium 2/4/16 Reported favorably by JPH; 2/4/16 new draft HB3989 (text not yet available)
HB3272 Rep. Nicholas Collins (D) An Act Relative to the Burial of Pets Support 06/23/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A-2 3/15/16 Sent to Study
HB3273 Rep. Nicholas Collins (D) An Act Relative to the Cremation of Pets Oppose 06/23/15 1:00pm; State House Rm A-2 3/15/16 Sent to Study
Joint Committee on Financial Services (JFS) 617-722-2220 or 617-722-1120
SB501 Refile HB918 Rep. Anne Gobi An Act Concerning the Use of Certain Insurance Underwriting Guidelines Pertaining to Dogs Support 11/10/15 10:30am; State House Rm B-2 3/16/16 Sent to Study
Joint Committee Revenue (JRV) 617-722-1114 or 617-722-2320
SB1554 Sen. Richard Ross An Act Relative to Establishing Local Dog Parks Oppose 6/30/15 10:00am; State House Rm B-1 3/17/16 Sent to Study