190th 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 are shown in Dark Red 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: 07/31/17.

Bill #SponsorName/Description PositionHearing Action
Joint Committee on Municipalities and regional Government (JMR) 617-722-1612 or 617-722-2090
SB1155 Sen. Karen Spilka (D) An Act to Protect Puppies & Kittens OPPOSE x x
HB1080 Rep. Jennifer Benson (D) An Act to Protect Puppies & Kittens OPPOSE x x
HB1078 Rep. Bruce Ayers (D) An Act Relative to Puppy Mills OPPOSE x x
HB1084 Rep. Josh Cutler (D) An Act Relative to Penalties for the Improper Treatment of Animals OPPOSE x x
SB1159 Sen. Bruce Tarr (R) An Act to Protect Animal Welfare & Safety in Cities & Towns OPPOSE x x
HB2419 Rep. Louis Kafka (D) An Act to Protect Animal Welfare & Safety in Cities & Towns OPPOSE x x
HB1079 Rep. Bruce Ayers (D) An Act Relative to Further Increasing the Fines for Cruelty to Animals & Establishing a fund Dedicated to Improvements for Local Animal Shelters OPPOSE x x
SB1127 Sen. James Eldridge (D) An Act Protecting Abandoned Animals in Vacant Properties SUPPORT x x
HB2426 Rep. David Rogers (D) An Act Protecting Abandoned Animals in Vacant Properties SUPPORT x x
HB3212 Rep. Mark Cusack (D) An Act to Protect Pets in the Commonwealth OPPOSE x x
Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculature (JEN) 617-722-2133 or 617-722-2210
HB407 Rep. James Cantwell (D) An Act Protecting Dogs at Boarding Kennels & Daycare Facilities OPPOSE x x
SB406 Sen. Harriette Chandler (D) An Act Protecting Dogs at Boarding Kennels & Daycare Facilities OPPOSE x x
SB457 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Provide Additional Fundingfor Animal Welfare & Safety Programming Position Paper in Progress x x
SB458 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Pirvately Operated Animal Shelters & Rescue Organizations OPPOSE x x
SB460 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Prevent Animal Suffering by Irresponsible Breeding Practices OPPOSE x x
SB489 Sen. Bruce Tarr (R) An Act Protecting Research Animals OPPOSE x x
SB470 Sen. Patrick O'Connor (R) An Act Banning the Sale of Cats & Dogs in Commercial Pet Shops OPPOSE x x
HB3561 Rep. Daniel Donahue (D) An Act Relative to the Importation of Animals for Rescue, Shelter, Foster, Adoptions or Remote Sale Position paper in progress x x
Joint Committee on the Judiciary (JJU) 617-722-2396 or 617-722-1639
SB866 Sen. Anne M. Gobi (D) An Act Relative to Dog Training Areas in the Commonwealth SUPPORT x x
HB852 Rep. Steven Howitt (R) An Act Relative to establishing an Animal Abuse Registry OPPOSE 07/18/17 1pm State House Room A1 x
SB882 Sen. John Keenan (D) An Act Relative to the Wrongful Death or Injury of Animal Companions OPPOSE x x
SB912 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Protect Access for Service Animals SUPPORT x x
HB2290 Rep. Steven Howitt (R) An Act Changing the Legal Status of “Pets” from Personal Property to “Companion Animals” OPPOSE 07/18/17 1pm State House Room A1 x
HB2277 Rep. Kimberly Ferguson (R) An Act Relative to the Misrepresentation of a Service Animal SUPPORT x x
Joint Committee on Public Health (JPH) 617-722-1206 or 617-722-2130
HB1224 Rep. John Scibak (D) An Act Relative to Expanding Veterinary Treatment Practices Position paper in progress x x
HB2454 Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D) An Act Relative to the Adoption of Animals Used in Research OPPOSE 07/11/17 1pm State House Room A2 x
HB3231 Rep. Nick Collins (D) An Act Relating to Pet Internments in CertainCemetery Corporations SUPPORT x x
HB3232 Rep. Michelle DuBois (D) An Act Protecting Research Animals OPPOSE 07/11/17 1pm State House Room A2 x
Joint Committee Revenue (JRV) 617-722-1114 or 617-722-2320
SB1625 Sen. Richard Ross (R) An Act Establishing the Commonwealth Municipal Dog Park Trust Fund OPPOSE 05/16/17 10am State House Room A1 x
Joint Committee on Financial Services (JFS) 617-722-2220 or 617-722-1120
SB533 Sen. Anne M. Gobi (D) An Act Concerning the Use of Certain Insurance Underwriting Guidelines Pertaining to Dogs SUPPORT x x
SB589 Sen. Richard Ross (R) An Act Relative to Pet Insurance SUPPORT x x
Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure (JCP) 617-722-2030 or 617-722-1200
HB159 Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D) An Act to Establish a Subsidiary Board for Veterinary Technology Position paper in progress 10/03/17 1pm State House Rm B1 x
HB3544 Rep. James Cantwell (D) An Act Relative to the Certification of Pet Groomers OPPOSE 07/18/17 1pm State House Rm A1 x