Cats and dogs; local government may, by ordinance, provide for lifetime licenses. (HB1477)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cats and dogs; lifetime licenses. Authorizes the governing body of a county or city to provide for a lifetime dog or cat license. The bill also removes the minimum annual tax for a dog or cat, sets the maximum tax for a lifetime license at $50, and limits the fee for a duplicate dog or cat tag to $1. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/13/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101360D
12/13/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/12/2017Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/13/2017Impact statement from DHCD (HB1477)
01/23/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
01/25/2017Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2017Read first time
01/27/2017Read second time
01/27/2017Committee amendments agreed to
01/27/2017Engrossed by House as amended HB1477E
01/27/2017Printed as engrossed 17101360D-E
01/30/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/30/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/02/2017Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2017Committee substitute printed 17105182D-S1
02/06/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2017Read third time
02/07/2017Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17105182D-S1
02/07/2017Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1477S1
02/07/2017Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Placed on Calendar
02/09/2017Placed on Calendar
02/09/2017Senate substitute rejected by House 17105182D-S1 (0-Y 100-N)
02/09/2017VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 100-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Senate requested conference committee
02/14/2017House acceded to request
02/14/2017Conferees appointed by House
02/14/2017Delegates: Orrock, Poindexter, Keam
02/15/2017Conferees appointed by Senate
02/15/2017Senators: Hanger, Suetterlein, Mason
02/23/2017C Amended by conference committee
02/23/2017Conference report agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2017Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1477ER)
03/07/2017Signed by Speaker
03/10/2017Signed by President
03/13/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/16/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 559 (effective 7/1/17)
03/16/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0559)


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

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB856 and SB1263.


Alice H., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

same as SB 856

Eva King writes:

I support this bill. It is a common sense measure that makes it much easier for pet owners to remain in compliance with licensing requirements.

Eva King writes:

I support this common sense bill, that makes it much easier for pet owners to remain compliant with licensing requirements.

Chris Orrock writes:

We got it the first time.........