Private animal shelters; Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall adopt regulations. (HB340)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Private animal shelter. Clarifies that a private animal shelter is a facility that operates for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes for animals or for any other purpose authorized in the animal care section of the Code that provides for the various types of confinement and disposition alternatives for animals in private shelters. Amends § 3.2-6500, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/05/2016Committee
01/05/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103227D
01/05/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/13/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Agriculture
01/13/2016Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee Agriculture
01/13/2016Assigned ACNR sub:
01/18/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 1-N)
01/21/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB340)
02/01/2016Reconsideration by subcommittee
02/01/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
02/03/2016Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2016Committee substitute printed 16104831D-H1
02/04/2016Read first time
02/04/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB340H1)
02/05/2016Passed by for the day
02/08/2016Read second time
02/08/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104831D-H1
02/08/2016Amendment by Delegate Loupassi agreed to
02/08/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB340EH1
02/08/2016Printed as engrossed 16104831D-EH1
02/09/2016Read third time and passed House (53-Y 45-N)
02/09/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (53-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/17/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB340EH1)
02/18/2016Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2016Committee substitute printed 16105630D-S1
02/19/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB340S1)
02/22/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2016Read third time
02/23/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/23/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105630D-S1
02/23/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB340S1
02/23/2016Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2016Placed on Calendar
02/25/2016Senate substitute agreed to by House 16105630D-S1 (99-Y 0-N)
02/25/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2016Enrolled
02/26/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB340ER)
02/26/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB340ER)
02/26/2016Signed by Speaker
02/29/2016Signed by President
03/01/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/1/16
03/01/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 8, 2016
03/07/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 319 (effective 7/1/16)
03/07/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0319)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 1 minute.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.



Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon): HOUSE BILL 327, REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION, AND NATURAL RESOURCES. HOUSE BILL 340, REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES WITH A SUBSTITUTE.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR FROM STAFFORD. MR. PRESIDENT, I MOVE THE THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO. COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE IS THE AYES HAVE IT. AGREED TO. HOUSE BILL 387, REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES. HOUSE BILL 438, REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE,


Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg): WAY WHEREBY THE STAKEHOLDERS COULD ADDRESS QUESTIONS AS TO WHAT A PRIVATE ANIMAL SHELTER CAN OR CANNOT DO. THE SENATE SUBSTITUTE, WHICH I HAVE EMBRACED, AND THE LANGUAGE WAS SUGGESTED TO ME BY THE INITIAL OPPONENTS, PUTS IN PLACE WHERE THEY WILL GO INTO THE REGULATORY PROCESS AND WORK IT OUT. THAT WAS MY ULTIMATE GOAL. I ASK THE BODY WILL ACCEPT THE SENATE AMENDMENTS.

[Unknown]: SHALL THE SENATE

Comments

David Gallivan writes:

Allows shelters to kill animals without trying to find homes

Mary Tully writes:

Excellent clarification. Private animals shelters operate to assist unique populations sometimes. Intake shouldn't be based on whether or not an animal is adoptable.

Brenda Timmer writes:

It is my strong believe that shelters primary goal should be to adopt animals to good homes. No kill shelters are very successful and should be used as models for those who continue to euthanize animals without doing everything to find good homes. This bill would allow shelters to kill perfectly healthy animals and should not be become a law.

Kathy Strouse writes:

Support

Tom writes:

There is nothing in this bill (Mary Tully) that suggests that intake be based on whether an animal is adoptable. It is intended to make sure that the goal of the shelter is not to simply euthanize all of them. That is definitely stretching the concept and definition of a "shelter," - and that is the real clarification needed.

Mary Tully writes:

Hi Tom,

There's a big difference between having a "goal of euthanizing every animal" and operating for the purpose of providing no-cost humane euthanasia to owned animals who are suffering and feral cats who are unwanted in their communities. No Virginia animal shelter endeavors to euthanize healthy, adoptable animals. To suggest otherwise is irresponsible.

But when shelters set quotas with regards to adoption, as is the case with many so-called "no kill" shelters, admissions are limited to highly adoptable/easily treatable animals. The flip side of this is that other shelters must rise to meet the needs of sick and injured community animals, and their "statistics" are going to be reflective of that.