Animal research; alternative test methods, civil penalty. (HB1087)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from co-patrons Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), and Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Animal research; alternative test methods; civil penalty. Requires a manufacturer or contract testing facility to use an alternative test method when available. An alternative test method is defined as one which (i) provides information of equivalent or better scientific quality and relevance than animal test methods, (ii) has been identified by a validation body and adopted by the relevant federal agency or program within an agency responsible for regulating the specific product or activity for which the test is being conducted, and (iii) does not use animals, or, when there is no test method available that does not use animals, uses the fewest animals possible and reduces the level of suffering or stress, to the greatest extent possible, of an animal used for testing. Such provision does not apply to a manufacturer or contract testing facility using an animal test method for the purpose of medical research or related to the development of devices, drugs, or biomedical products, or to certain other products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The bill authorizes the Attorney General to bring a civil action to enforce such provision. Any person who violates such provision may be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 and any court costs and attorney fees. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102652D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/25/2018Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #1
01/29/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
01/31/2018Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2018Read first time
02/05/2018Read second time
02/05/2018Committee amendments agreed to
02/05/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB1087E
02/05/2018Printed as engrossed 18102652D-E
02/06/2018Passed by for the day
02/06/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1087E)
02/07/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/07/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/15/2018Rereferred from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2018Rereferred to Commerce and Labor
02/26/2018Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Committee substitute printed 18107714D-S1
02/27/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1087S1)
02/28/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Read third time
02/28/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/28/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107714D-S1
02/28/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1087S1
02/28/2018Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107714D-S1 (0-Y 95-N)
02/28/2018VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Senate requested conference committee
02/28/2018Placed on Calendar
02/28/2018House acceded to request
02/28/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
02/28/2018Senators: Stanley, Petersen, Black
02/28/2018Conferees appointed by House
02/28/2018Delegates: Boysko, Edmunds, Morefield
03/08/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/08/2018Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
03/08/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by House
03/08/2018Conference report agreed to by House (95-Y 0-N)
03/08/2018VOTE: ADOPTION #2 (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1087ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/28/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1087ER)
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 672 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0672)


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 2 minutes.