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


VIRGINIA ACTS OF ASSEMBLY -- CHAPTER
An Act to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 5.4, consisting of a section numbered 32.1-162.32, relating to medical research on dogs and cats; prohibition on use of state funds.
[S 28]
Approved

 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 5.4, consisting of a section numbered 32.1-162.32, as follows:

CHAPTER 5.4.
ANIMAL RESEARCH.

§ 32.1-162.32. Definitions.

A. For purposes of this section, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Animal subject" means a dog or a cat.

"Medically unnecessary" means not carried out solely for the better health, welfare, or safety of the animal subject.

B. No funds appropriated, granted, or awarded by the Commonwealth shall be used 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. For purposes of this section, 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.


SENATE BILL NO. 28
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on Appropriations
on March 2, 2018)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Stanley)
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 5.4, consisting of a section numbered 32.1-162.32, relating to medical research on dogs and cats; prohibition on use of state funds.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 5.4, consisting of a section numbered 32.1-162.32, as follows:

CHAPTER 5.4.
ANIMAL RESEARCH.

§ 32.1-162.32. Definitions.

A. For purposes of this section, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Animal subject" means a dog or a cat.

"Medically unnecessary" means not carried out solely for the better health, welfare, or safety of the animal subject.

B. No funds appropriated, granted, or awarded by the Commonwealth shall be used 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. For purposes of this section, 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.


SENATE BILL NO. 28
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the Senate Committee on Finance
on February 6, 2018)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Stanley)
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 5.4, consisting of a section numbered 32.1-162.32, relating to medical research on dogs and cats; prohibition on use of state funds.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 5.4, consisting of a section numbered 32.1-162.32, as follows:

CHAPTER 5.4.
ANIMAL RESEARCH.

§ 32.1-162.32. Definitions.

A. For purposes of this section, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Animal subject" means a dog or a cat.

 "Medically unnecessary" means not carried out solely for the better health, welfare, or safety of the animal subject.

B. No state general funds shall be appropriated, granted, or awarded to 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. For purposes of this section, 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.


SENATE BILL NO. 28
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
on January 11, 2018)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Stanley)
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 5.4, consisting of sections numbered 32.1-162.32 and 32.1-162.33, relating to medical research on dogs and cats; prohibition on use of state funds.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 5.4, consisting of sections numbered 32.1-162.32 and 32.1-162.33, as follows:

CHAPTER 5.4.
ANIMAL RESEARCH.

§ 32.1-162.32. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires another meaning:

"Animal subject" means a dog or cat.

"Medically unnecessary" means not carried out solely for the better health, welfare, or safety of the animal subject.

"Significant pain or distress" means any pain or distress caused by any procedure or condition classified under pain and distress category E by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

§ 32.1-162.33. Funding of medical or scientific research causing significant pain or distress to an animal subject prohibited.

No state general funds shall be appropriated to and in turn expended by any organization, whether public or private, for the purpose of carrying out any medically unnecessary scientific or medical research on an animal subject that causes significant pain or distress to the animal subject.

SENATE BILL NO. 28

Offered January 10, 2018
Prefiled November 20, 2017
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 5.4, consisting of sections numbered 32.1-162.32 and 32.1-162.33, relating to medical research on dogs and cats; prohibition on use of state funds; civil penalty.
Patron-- Stanley

Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Title 32.1 a chapter numbered 5.4, consisting of sections numbered 32.1-162.32 and 32.1-162.33, as follows:

CHAPTER 5.4.
ANIMAL RESEARCH.

§ 32.1-162.32. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires another meaning:

"Animal subject" means a dog or cat.

"Medically unnecessary" means not carried out solely for the better health, welfare, or safety of the animal subject.

"Significant pain or distress" means any pain or distress caused by any procedure or condition classified under pain and distress category E by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

§ 32.1-162.33. Funding of medical or scientific research causing significant pain or distress to an animal subject prohibited; civil penalty.

A. No state funds shall be appropriated to any organization, whether public or private, to carry out any medically unnecessary scientific or medical research on an animal subject that causes significant pain or distress to the animal subject.

B. No state funds shall be expended for any organization, whether public or private, to carry out any medically unnecessary scientific or medical research on an animal subject that causes significant pain or distress to the animal subject.

In addition to any other penalty provided by law, any person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be liable for a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $50,000 for each incident.