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 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: 03/17/17.

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 x x x
HB1080 Rep. Jennifer Benson (D) An Act to Protect Puppies & Kittens x x x
HB1078 Rep. Bruce Ayers (D) An Act Relative to Puppy Mills x x x
HB1084 Rep. Josh Cutler (D) An Act Relative to Penalties for the Improper Treatment of Animals x 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 x 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 x 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 x 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 Boardking Kennels & Daycare Facilities x x x
SB406 Sen. Harriette Chandler (D) An Act Protecting Dogs at Boardking Kennels & Daycare Facilities x x x
SB437 Sen. Anne M. Gobi (D) An Act Relative to Outdoor Heritage x x x
SB445 Sen. Donald Humason (R) An Act Relative to Sunday Hunting x 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 x x x
SB489 Sen. Bruce Tarr (R) An Act Protecting Research Animals x x x
SB470 Sen. Patrick O'Connor (R) An Act Banning the Sale of Cats & Dogs in Commercial Pet Shops OPPOSE 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 x 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 x x x
HB2290 Rep. Steven Howitt (R) An Act Changing the Legal Status of “Pets” from Personal Property to “Companion Animals” OPPOSE x 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 x x x
HB2454 Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D) An Act Relative to the Adoption of Animals Used in Research x x 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 x x 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 x 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 x x x
No Committee Assignment
HD1620 Rep. Daniel Donahue (D) An Act Relative to the Importation of Animals for Rescue, Shelter, Foster, Adoptions or Remote Sale x x Bill text not available
HD3688 Rep. James Cantwell (D) An Act Relative to the Certification of Pet Groomers x x Bill text not available
HD3695 Rep. James Cantwell (D) An Act Relative to the Certification of Pet Groomers x x Bill text not available