Animal cruelty; companion animals, penalty. (SB604)

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 cruelty; companion animals; penalty. Clarifies that animals are not considered companion animals only when actively involved in bona fide medical or scientific experimentation. Current law exempts animals from the definition of companion animal if they are regulated under federal law as research animals. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104107D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/14/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB604)
01/27/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB604)
02/01/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals
02/03/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2022Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/10/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Reading of amendment waived
02/14/2022Committee amendment agreed to
02/14/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended SB604E
02/14/2022Printed as engrossed 22104107D-E
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB604E)
02/18/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB604E)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/22/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB604E)
02/22/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
02/23/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (10-Y 0-N)
03/02/2022Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Committee substitute printed 22107018D-H1
03/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB604H1)
03/04/2022Read second time
03/07/2022Read third time
03/07/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107018D-H1
03/07/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB604H1
03/07/2022Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Title replaced 22107018D-H1
03/10/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB604ER)
03/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB604ER)
03/10/2022Signed by President
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
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
04/05/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 92 (effective 7/1/22)
04/05/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0092)