Medical research on dogs and cats; prohibition on use of state funds, civil penalty. (SB28)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Medical research on dogs and cats; prohibition on use of state funds. Prohibits the use of any funds appropriated, granted, or awarded by the Commonwealth by any person or entity, public or private, to directly fund medically unnecessary research classified under pain and distress category E by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on animal subjects. The direct funding of research shall not include the appropriation, grant, or award of funds for the construction or maintenance of facilities; the purchase or maintenance of general-use equipment; overhead costs; capital improvements; or faculty or employee salaries. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/20/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100502D
11/20/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/11/2018Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/11/2018Committee substitute printed 18105009D-S1
01/11/2018Rereferred to Finance
01/23/2018Impact statement from VDH (SB28)
02/05/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB28S1)
02/06/2018Committee substitute printed 18105009D-S2
02/06/2018Committee substitute printed 18106991D-S2
02/06/2018Reported from Finance with substitute (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2018Substitute bill reprinted 18106991D-S2
02/07/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Read second time
02/08/2018Committee substitute rejected 18105009D-S1
02/08/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106991D-S2
02/08/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB28S2
02/09/2018Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Placed on Calendar
02/14/2018Read first time
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/19/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB28S2)
02/22/2018Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
02/26/2018Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2019
02/28/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
03/02/2018Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2018Committee substitute printed 18107795D-H1
03/06/2018Read second time
03/06/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB28H1)
03/07/2018Passed by for the day
03/08/2018Read third time
03/08/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107795D-H1
03/08/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB28H1
03/08/2018Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
03/08/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Title replaced 18107795D-H1
03/10/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB28ER)
03/10/2018Signed by Speaker
03/12/2018Signed by President
03/15/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB28ER)
03/20/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2018
03/20/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/04/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 771 (effective 7/1/18)
04/04/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0771)


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 3 minutes.