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!

Click on the Committee name for Committee Members and their contact information.
This chart will be updated as bill text is received and analyzed. Updated: 07/18/15.

Bill #SponsorName/Description PositionHearing Action
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 x x
SB1103 Sen. Karen Spilka (D) An Act Relative to Protecting Puppies and Kittens Support x x
HB1848 Refile HB1852 Rep. Louis Kafka (D) An Act to Ensure Adequate Care of Animals in Cities and Towns Oppose x x
HB1865 Refile SB942 Rep. David Rogers (D) An Act Protecting Abandoned Animals in Vacant Properties Support x x
SB1072 Sen. James B. Eldridge (D) An Act Protecting Abandoned Animals in Vacant Properties Support x x
HB1866 Rep. David Rogers (D) An Act Strengthening the Enforcement of Certain Dog Laws position paper in progress x x
HB3266 Rep. Bruce Ayers (D) An Act Relative to Puppy Mills position paper in progress x x
SB1081 Refile HB1840 Sen. Anne M. Gobi (D) An Act Relative to Dog Pens and Kennels Support x x
SB1085 Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D) An Act Strengthening the Eforcement of Certain Dog Laws position paper in progress x x
SB1092 Refile SB957 Sen. Mark Montigy (D) An Act Relative to Tethering of Dogs position paper in progress x x
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 x x
HB634 Refile HB680 Rep. James Cantwell (D) An Act Relative to Pet Grooming Oppose x x
HB649 Rep. Daniel Donahue (D) An Act Relative to the Importation of Animals for Rescue position paper in progress x x
SB443 Rep. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Privately Operated Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations position paper in progress x x
SB444 Rep. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Provide Equal Access to Service Animal Trainers position paper in progress x x
SB445 Rep. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Additional Funding for Animal Welfare and Safety Programming position paper in progress x x
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 x x
HB1220 Refile HB1243 Rep. Linda Campbell (D) An Act Relative Updating the Law Relating to Posting a Security for Seized Animals in Cruelty Casess position paper in progress x x
HB1273 Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D) An Act to Protect the Health and Safety of Animals in Cars Support x x
SB878 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Protect the Health and Safety of Animals in Vehicles Support x x
HB1310 Rep. William Galvin (D) An Act Relative to Animal Abuse position paper in progress x x
HB1367 Refile HB1748 Rep.Paul Heroux (D) An Act to Increase the Fine for Harming a Police Dog or Horse Support x x
HB1385 Rep. Steven Howitt (R) An Act Relative to Establishing an Animal Abuse Registry position paper in progress x x
HB1423 Refile HB1416 Rep. Louis Kafka (D) An Act Establishing a Public Registry of Animal Abusers position paper in progress x x
HB1573 Refile HB1594 Rep. Byron Rushing (D) An Act Relative to the Repeal of Certain Archaic Laws Concerning Animals position paper in progress x x
HB3446 Rep. Brian Mannal (D) An Act to Criminalize Animal Abuse in the Presence of Children position paper in progress x x
SB851 Sen. John Keenan (D) An Act Relative to the Wrongful Death or Injury of Animal Companions Oppose x x
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 x x
SB832 Sen. Anne Gobi (D) An Act Relative to Dog Training Areas in the Commonwealth position paper in progress x x
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 Room A-1 x
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 position paper in progress x x
HB2272 Rep. Nicholas Collins (D) An Act Relative to the Burial of Pets Support 06/23/15 1:00pm; State House Room A-2 x
HB2273 Rep. Nicholas Collins (D) An Act Relative to the Cremation of Pets Oppose 06/23/15 1:00pm; State House Room A-2 x
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 x x
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 Room B-1 x