Research breeders; oversight by Animal Welfare Oversight Officer. (SB535)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Oversight of research breeders; Animal Welfare Oversight Officer; Animal Welfare Oversight Advisory Committee; civil penalty. Directs the State Veterinarian to hire an Animal Welfare Oversight Officer to inspect and oversee the operations of research breeders, defined in the bill as a person or entity that breeds dogs or cats for sale or transfer for use in testing or research within or outside the Commonwealth, and report any violations of state or federal law by the research breeder. The bill requires each research breeder to register with the Animal Welfare Oversight Officer, pay a registration fee as determined by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and allow the Animal Welfare Oversight Officer continuous access to its facilities located in the Commonwealth. The bill subjects a research breeder that does not register, pay the fee, or allow the Animal Welfare Oversight Officer access to its facilities to a civil penalty of $1,000 for each day of noncompliance. The bill also establishes an Animal Welfare Oversight Advisory Committee. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104308D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/01/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals
02/02/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB535)
02/08/2022Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (12-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/10/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/15/2022Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2022Placed on Calendar
02/18/2022Read first time
02/18/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/21/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
02/23/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 4-N)
03/08/2022Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

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