Tethering animals; adequate shelter and space. (SB272)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly) with support from co-patrons Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), and Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Tethering animals; adequate shelter and space. Provides that outdoor tethering of an animal that is not actively engaged in conduct related to an agricultural activity does not meet the requirement that an animal be given adequate shelter if it occurs (i) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.; (ii) when no owner is on the property; (iii) when the temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, or 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher; (iv) during a heat advisory; or (v) during a severe weather warning. The bill increases certain minimum tether length requirements to meet the requirement that an animal be given adequate space by requiring that a tether be at least 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 also authorizes the governing body of any locality to adopt, and make more stringent, ordinances that parallel certain state provisions related to care of companion animals. Read the Bill »

Status

02/13/2020: In Committee

History

DateAction
01/03/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103262D
01/03/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/08/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB272)
01/29/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals
02/04/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (7-Y 6-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/07/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB272E
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20103262D-E
02/10/2020Read third time and passed Senate (19-Y 19-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Chair votes Yes
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB272E)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

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