Animal shelters; housing conditions. (SB786)

Introduced By

Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Animal shelters; housing conditions. Requires certain housing, space, and care conditions for an animal that is confined by the operator or custodian of a public or private animal shelter or releasing agency during an applicable stray hold period. The bill requires different conditions after such stray hold period ends, including requirements related to materials and construction of facilities, indoor and outdoor enclosures, and separation of certain animals. The bill also requires any regulation by the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services that applies to an animal not subject to a stray hold period to not be so restrictive as to fail to allow for adequate care, exercise, and space, including meaningful indoor and outdoor recreation for the animal. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105267D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/21/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals
01/28/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (15-Y 0-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 amendment waived
01/31/2020Committee amendment agreed to
01/31/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB786E
01/31/2020Printed as engrossed 20105267D-E
02/03/2020Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB786E)
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
02/19/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/26/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read second time
03/02/2020Read third time
03/02/2020Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99--Y 0-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB786ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB786ER)
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
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
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1109 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1109)