192nd General Court - Bills To Watch

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Note: MassFed Priority Bills are shown in Dark Red Bold and are organized by Committee assignment.

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This chart will be updated as bill text is received and analyzed. Updated: 02/17/22 11am.

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Bill #SponsorName/Description PositionHearing Action
Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (JEN) 617-722-1540 or 617-722-2210
SB582 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Regulating the Supervision of Animal at Day Care Services Oppose 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Reported favorably
SB551 Sen. Anne Gobi (D) An Act Relative to Creating an Animal Advisory Board to the MA Dept of Agriculture x 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Reported favorably
SB585 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act relative to Pevent
Animal Suffering by Irresponsible Breeding Practices
Oppose> 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Sent to study
SB581 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Privately Operated Animal Shelters & Rescue Organizations<>/td> Oppose 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Sent to study
SB584 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Concerning the Use of Amimals in Product Testing Support 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Attached to favorable report of HB966
HB949 Rep. Hannah Kane (R) An Act Protecting Dogs at Boarding Kennels & Daycare Facilities Oppose 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Reported favorably carrying SB595
SB595 Sen. Patrick O'Connor (R) An Act protecting Dogs at Boarding Kennels and Daycare Facilities Oppose 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Attached to favorable report of HB949
SB583 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Provide Additional Funding for Animal Welfare and Safety Programming Support 11/17/21 Virtual 02/02/22 Sent to study
SB550
Sen. Anne Gobi (D)
An Act Relative to Heaartworm in Dogs Oppose 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Sent to study
HB901 Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D) An Act Protecting Research Animals Support 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Reported favorably carrying HB890 and SB613. 02/09/22 Referred to House Committee on Steering. 02/10/22 Placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session. Ordered to a third reading
HB890 Rep. Michelle DuBois (D) An Act Protecting Research Animals Support 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Attached to favorable report of HB901
HB966 Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis (D) An Act Concerning the Use of Animals in Product Testing Support 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Reported favorably carrying SB584
HB917 Rep. William Galvin (D) An Act Relative to Dogs Brougt into the Commonwealth by Animal
Rescue Organizations
Oppose 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Sent to studyx
SB230 Sen. Patrick O'Connor (R) An Act to Ban the Retail Sale of Cats & Dogs in Pet Shops Oppose 11/17/21 Virtual 02/03/22 Sent to study
HB2547 Rep. Steven G. Xiarhos (R) An Act Providing for the Care and Transportation of Police Dogs Injured in the Line of Duty aka Nero’s Bill Support7/14 10am New Text SB2573
SB1606 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Allowing Humane Transportation of K9 Partners aka Nero’s Law Support 7/14 10am 11/10/21 S - Passed to be engrossed (38/0). 02/03/22 H - Reported favorably as amended by House Ways and Means. Referred to House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling. Placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session with the amendment pending. Amendment(s) adopted (House Ways and Means). New text substituted - see HB4431. Ordered to a third reading. Passed to be engrossed. 02/07/22 Laid before Governor.
Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government (JMR) 617-722-1555 or 617-722-2090
HB2209 Rep. David Vieire (R) An Act Relative to Dangerous Dogs x 09/28/21 12PM Virtual x
HB2148 Rep. Linda Dean Campbell (D) An Act Protecting the Health & Safety of Puppies & Kittens in Cities & Towns x 09/28/2021 12PM Virtual 12/16/21- Attached to favorable report of SB1322
HB2132 Rep. Bruce Ayers (D) An Act Relative to Further Increasing the Fines for Cruelty to Animals and Establishing a Fund Dedicated to Improvements for Local
Animal Shelters
Oppose 09/28/21 12PM Virtual 12/30/21 Placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session; Ordered to a third reading; 01/18/22 House Session; 01/19/22 Formal Session, House Chamber; 01/26/22 House Session; 01/27/22 Full Formal Session, House Chamber. 02/10/22 Full Formal House Session. 02/16/22 Full Formal House Session.
HB2146 Rep. Mark J. Cusack (D) An Act to Protect Pets SUPPORT w/amendments x 02/02/22 Sent to study
SB1341

Sen. John Keenan (D) An Act Protecting Animal Welfare in Cities and Towns Oppose x 01/31/22 - Sent to study
SB1322 Sen. Harriet L. Chandler (D) An Act Protecting the health & Safety of Puppies & Kittens in Cities & Towns x x x
Joint Committee the Judiciary (JJU) 617-722-1120 or 617-722-2396
HB1565 Rep. Kimberly Ferguson (R) An Act Relative to the Misrepresentation of a Service Animal SUPPORT 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/02/22 Attached to favorable report by Joint Committee of HB1563
HB1563 Rep. Kimberly Ferguson (R) (D) An Act Relative to a Commission to Study the Intentional Misrepresentation of a Service Animal SUPPORT 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/02/22 Reported favorably by Joint Committee on Judiciary carrying HB 1565
HB1845 Rep. David Robertson (D) An Act Relative toProtecting Cats & Dogs from Slaughter SUPPORT 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/02/22 Sent to study
HB1670 Rep. Steven Howitt (R) An Act Changing the Legal Status of "Pets" from Personal Property to "Companion Animals" OPPOSE 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/02/22 Sent to study
HB1561 Rep. Bradford Hill (R) An Act Relative to Pet Adoption Safety OPPOSE 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/10/22 Attached to favorable report by Joint Committee of SB943
HB1652 Rep. Bradford Hill (R) An Act Relative to Pet Adoption Safety OPPOSE 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/10/22 Attached to favorable report by Joint Committee of SB943
HB1824 Rep. Bradford Hill (R), Rep. Tram Nguyen (D), An Act to Protect Animals from Convicted Animal Abusers OPPOSE 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/10/22 Attached to favorable report by Joint Committee of SB943.
HB1656 Rep. Tran Nguyen (D) An Act to Protect Animals from Convicted Animal Abusers OPPOSE 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/10/22 Attached to favorable report by Joint Committee of SB943.
SB1111 Sen. Michael O. Moore (D) An Act Relative to the Onwership of Pets by Convicted Animal Abusers OPPOSE 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/10/22 Attached to favorable report by Joint Committee of SB943.
HB1669 Rep. Steven Howitt (R) An Act Relative to Establishing an Animal Abuse Registry OPPOSE 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/02/22 Sent to study
HB1930 Rep. Steven Xiahros (R) & Rep. Timothy Whelan (R) An Act to Promote Safe Dog Ownership OPPOSE 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/02/22 Sent to study
SB1099 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Improving Enforcement for Tethering Violations OPPOSE 05/19/21 Virtual Hearing 02/02/22 - Sent to study
SB943 / SB2672 Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D) An Act addressing investigations of reports of abuse and neglect 02/09/22 Reported favorably by Joint Committee on Judiciary carrying SB1097, SB1111, HB1651, HB1652, HB1656, HB1716, HB1824, HB1840. 2/10/22 New draft substituted - see SB2672. 02/10/22 New draft of SB943. Referred to Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Joint Committee on Financial Services (JFS) 617-722-1660 or 617-722-2220
HB1149 Rep. Paul W. Mark (D) An Act Relative to Service Dogs x 12/09/21 11am Virtual 02/03/22 - Sent to study
Joint Committee on Public Health (JPH) 617-722-1532 or 617-722-2130
SB1478 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Preserve the Eternal Bonds Between People & Their Animals Support 11/15/21 Virtual 02/02/22 - Sent to study
HB2234 Rep. David Biele (D) An Act Relative to the Burial of Pets Support 11/15/21 Virtual 02/02/22 - Sent to study
Joint Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security (JPSF) 617-722-1485 or 617-722-2230
HB2547 Rep. Steven G. Xiarhos (R) An Act Providing for the Care and Transportation of Police Dogs Injured in the Line of Duty aka Nero’s Bill Support x Moved to JEN
SB1606 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Allowing Humane Transportation of K9 Partners aka Nero’s Law Support x Moved to JEN
Joint Committee Revenue (JRV) 617-722-1625 or 617-722-2320
HB3017 Rep. David Muradian (R) An Act providing tax credits to promote the adoption of a dog or cat from a shelter Oppose 12/22/21 10am Virtual 02/03/22 Sent to study
Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure (JCP) 617-722-1612 or 617-722-2014
HB305 Rep. Brian M. Ashe (D) An Act to Regulate Pet Daycare in Facilities in Cities & Towns aka Ollie's Law Oppose 07/12 1pm Virtual 02/02/22 - Sent to study
HB384

Rep. Natalie Higgins (D) An Act Banning the Retail Sale of Cats and Dogs in Pet Shops Oppose x x
HB378 Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D) An Act Relative to Pet Grooming Oppose 07/12 1pm Virtual 02/02/22 - Sent to study
HB334 Rep. Tackey Chan (D) An Act to Relative to the Registration of Veterinarians x 06/14/21 1PM Virtual 07/08/21 - Reported favorably; 07/21/21 - Referred to House Committee on Ways and Means
HB406 Rep. Daniel Hunt (D) An Act Regulating the Practice and Licensure of Veterinary Technicians x 07/12 1pm Virtual 11/08/21 Attached to favorable report of SB219
SB219 Sen. Joan B. Lovely (D) An Act Regulating the Practice and Licensure of Veterinary Technicians x 07/12 1pm Virtual 11/08/21 Reported favorably as amended by Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure carrying HB406; 11/08/21 New draft substituted - see SB2571
Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs (JVF) 617-722-1643 or 617-722-2877
SB2397 Sen. Julian Cyr (D) An Act Relative to Service Dogs Support 01/21 11am Virtual 02/03/22 Reported favorably. 02/14/22 Referred to Senate Committee on Ways and Means
House Committee on Rules (HRU) 617-722-2692
HD4131 Rep. Susan Williams Gifford (R) An Act Relative to Animal Safety in Motor Vehicles aka Mollie's Law Support x 06/21 Referred to Jt Cmte on transportation 02/07/2022 Senate Concurred in committee referral
No Committee Assignments
HD2047 Rep. Daniel Hunt (D) An Act to Establish a Subsidiary Board for Veterinary Technology x x x
HD2283 Rep. David Vieire (R) An Act Relative to Dangerous Dogs x x x