Animal testing facilities; definitions, adoption of dogs and cats, civil penalty. (SB1417)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Animal testing facilities; adoption of dogs and cats; civil penalty. Requires any animal testing facility, defined in the bill, that no longer has need for a dog or cat in its possession that does not pose a health or safety risk to the public or itself to offer, for a reasonable period of time prior to euthanasia, such dog or cat for adoption to a releasing agency or through a private placement or in the case of a testing facility operated by an agency or institution of higher education, develop its own adoption program. The bill authorizes an animal testing facility to enter into an agreement with a releasing agency for the implementation of the adoption. Violation is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 and any court costs and attorney fees. Read the Bill »


03/24/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100835D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2021Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1417)
01/25/2021Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Committee substitute printed 21103722D-S1
01/28/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103722D-S1
01/29/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1417S1
02/01/2021Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1417S1)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/09/2021Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
02/17/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read second time
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/19/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1417ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1417ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021
02/26/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/24/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 340 (effective 7/1/21)
03/24/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0340)