Tethering animals; adequate shelter and space. (HB1552)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Tethering animals; adequate shelter and space. Provides that the outdoor tethering of an animal does not meet the requirement of adequate shelter during a hurricane warning or tropical storm warning or if the animal is not safe from predators or well suited or equipped to tolerate its environment. The bill provides that unless an animal control officer has inspected an animal's individual circumstances and determined it to be safe from predators and well suited and equipped to tolerate its environment, no such outdoor tethering during a heat advisory, a severe weather warning, or a period when the temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower shall constitute the provision of adequate shelter. The measure increases the minimum tether length required to constitute adequate space to 15 feet in length or four times the length of the animal, whichever is greater. Current law requires the tether to be at least 10 feet in length or three times the length of the animal, whichever is greater. The bill provides an exception for a case in which an animal control officer, having inspected an animal's individual circumstances, determines that a shorter tether of at least 10 feet or three times the length of the animal makes the animal safer, more suited, and better equipped to tolerate its environment than a longer tether would. This bill is identical to SB 272. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105457D
01/11/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1552)
01/15/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/29/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107749D-H1
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Passed by for the day
02/10/2020Amendments by Delegate Orrock not taken up
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107749D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1552H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (64-Y 33-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (64-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1552H1)
02/17/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals
02/25/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20109122D-S1
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1552S1)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109122D-S1
02/28/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1552S1
02/28/2020Passed Senate with substitute (19-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20109122D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/04/2020House acceded to request
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/04/2020Delegates: Levine, Gooditis, Fariss
03/05/2020Conference substitute printed 20109714D-H2
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Marsden, Favola, Pillion
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020First Conference substitute printed 20109714D-H2
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (49-Y 47-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (49-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Senate requested second conference committee (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Motion for second committee of conference agreed to
03/07/2020Senate acceded to request for second conference committee (28-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Second conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2020Senators: Marsden, Favola, Pillion
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (28-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Second conferees appointed by House
03/07/2020Delegates: Levine, Gooditis, Fariss
03/07/2020Second Conference substitute printed 20109930D-H3
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (53-Y 42-N)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption (53-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
03/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1552H3)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1552ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1552ER)
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 954 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0954)