Cats and dogs; authorizes local government to provide for lifetime licenses. (SB856)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


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


12/04/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101869D
12/04/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/12/2017Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/13/2017Impact statement from DHCD (SB856)
01/16/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2017Read second time and engrossed
01/18/2017Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2017Placed on Calendar
01/30/2017Read first time
01/30/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/08/2017Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2017Read second time
02/10/2017Read third time
02/10/2017Committee amendments agreed to
02/10/2017Engrossed by House as amended
02/10/2017Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/10/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2017House amendments rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2017House insisted on amendments
02/15/2017House requested conference committee
02/17/2017Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2017Conferees appointed by Senate
02/17/2017Senators: Hanger, Suetterlein, Mason
02/20/2017Conferees appointed by House
02/20/2017Delegates: Orrock, Poindexter, Keam
02/23/2017C Amended by conference committee
02/24/2017Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2017Conference report agreed to by House (92-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/24/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (92-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/07/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB856ER)
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 567 (effective 7/1/17)
03/16/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0567)


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 54 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1477 and SB1263.


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.........