Local animal cruelty registries; any locality may establish, etc., a computerized registry. (SB93)

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


Local animal cruelty registries. Allows any locality to establish an animal cruelty registry for public access on the website of such locality or its local police department. The bill provides that such registry may include the names and relevant information of persons convicted of certain felony offenses for animal cruelty and that a person on such registry may request removal of his name after 15 years, provided that he has no additional felony convictions of an animal cruelty offense. The bill directs that all costs relating to a locality's animal cruelty registry shall be borne by such locality. This bill is identical to HB 62. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/02/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104230D
01/02/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/17/2024Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals
01/23/2024Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2024Read second time and engrossed
01/29/2024Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/16/2024Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
02/21/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 4-N)
02/28/2024Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Read second time
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Passed House (70-Y 27-N)
03/04/2024VOTE: Passage (70-Y 27-N)
03/07/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB93ER)
03/07/2024Signed by Speaker
03/08/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 758 (effective 7/1/24)


S. Wolf writes:

The ASPCA opposes this bill.
We know registries don't work. They lead to pleas to lesser charges, vigilantism, and don't restrict habitual offenders from having pets.

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