The 2017 legislative session begins on Monday, April 10th., and ends on June 8th.

Stay tuned for information on bills filed on behalf of animal welfare.

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    List of animal welfare related bills for the 2017 legislative session as of May 12

(Click Bill # for full text of bill and name of rep/senator for their individual email)


HB 251 by Representative Clay Schexnayder (Gonzales)

HB 251, As Amended

AGRICULTURE:  Provides relative to the declaration of abandoned animals after a declared emergency
Current Status:  
Pending House Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development

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Proposed law adds requirements for declaring an animal abandoned after a declared emergency.  Specifies that an animal is declared abandoned after a declared emergency when the animal is receiving temporary shelter services and the owner does not claim the animal within 90 days of  the declared emergency.  Click Bill # for its entirety.


HB 466 by Representative Charles R. “Bubba” Chaney (Rayville)

HB 466, As Amended

AGRICULTURE:  Provides relative to animal control  (To be amended)

Current Status:  Pending House Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development


Proposed law repeals the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission (LAWC) and replaces it with the Louisiana Animal Control Advisory Task Force under the control of the Department of Agriculture.  Also repeals the Louisiana Animal Shelter Registry passed last year, and many other matters.  Click Bill # for its entirety.


SB 64 by Senator Ryan Gatti (Bossier City)

SB 64, As Amended

ANIMALS:  Provides for animal shelter operating procedures and training requirements and authorizes animal shelters to post pictures of animals on a social media account or website. (8/1/17)

Current Status:  Pending Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development


Proposed law requires inspectors and shelter personnel to annually attend training offered by the Louisiana Animal Control Association, requires any animal seized while running at large be held for a minimum of 72 hours, and much more.  Click Bill # for its entirety.


HB 214 by Rep. Dodie Horton (Haughton)

AGRICULTURE:  Prohibits the roadside sale of domestic rabbits

Current Status:  Pending House Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development


Proposed law prohibits a person from selling, offering for sale, delivering, bartering, auctioning, giving away or transferring any rabbit on the shoulder of the road of any state, local or interstate highway or at any festival in this state.  Also health, food, and maintenance requirements for stores, shops, vendors, and others offering domestic rabbits for sale.


        


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