Dogs or cats; rental or lease prohibited, civil penalty, exception. (SB742)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Rental or lease of dog or cat prohibited; civil penalty. Prohibits the rental or lease of a dog or cat to a consumer, including by a purported sale of the animal in a manner that vests less than full equity in the consumer at the time of the purported sale. The bill prohibits the sale of a dog or cat in which the animal is subject to repossession upon default of the agreement and prohibits any financial institution from offering a loan for which the animal is subject to repossession upon default of the loan. The bill provides that a violation of the provisions of the bill is a violation of the Consumer Protection Act and a business that violates the provisions of the bill may also have its retail license suspended or revoked. The bill exempts certain animals from its prohibitions, including purebred dogs leased for breeding; dogs or cats used in spectator events, motion pictures, racing, or other entertainment; and service dogs, guide or leader dogs, security dogs, law-enforcement dogs, military working dogs, and certified facility dogs. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103159D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/15/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB742)
01/28/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Read second time
01/31/2020Reading of amendments waived
01/31/2020Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB742E
01/31/2020Printed as engrossed 20103159D-E
02/03/2020Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB742E)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/13/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
02/26/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/26/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read second time
03/02/2020Read third time
03/02/2020Committee amendments agreed to
03/02/2020Engrossed by House as amended
03/02/2020Passed House with amendments (53-Y 45-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: Passage (53-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020House amendments agreed to by Senate (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB742ER)
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/07/2020Signed by Speaker
03/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB742ER)
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 630 (effective 1/1/21)
04/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0630)