Companion animals; duty to identify submitted animal, scanning for microchip. (HB1330)

Introduced By

Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Companion animals; duty to identify submitted animal; microchip. Requires veterinarians, public and private animal shelters, and releasing agencies to seek to identify the lawful owners of the unidentified companion animals that are submitted to them by scanning for embedded microchips. The bill provides that such scanning shall be conducted at the time of intake, at the time of assessment, and prior to disposition and that a reasonable effort shall be made to contact the owner. The bill also requires that documentation of such scanning and any attempts to contact the owner be maintained for at least 30 days from the date of final disposition of the animal. The requirements of the bill do not apply to transfers between veterinarians, shelters, or releasing agencies. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/21/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104490D
01/21/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/26/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1330)
01/31/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
02/02/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (10-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Committee substitute printed 22105828D-H1
02/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1330H1)
02/11/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105828D-H1
02/14/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1330H1
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/24/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
03/01/2022Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Read third time
03/04/2022Reading of amendment waived
03/04/2022Committee amendment agreed to
03/04/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/04/2022Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate amendment agreed to by House (94-Y 4-N)
03/08/2022VOTE: Adoption (94-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1330ER)
03/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1330ER)
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
03/11/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 387 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0387)

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