PIJAC

2018 Legislative Session Overview - Connecticut

The Connecticut General Assembly adjourned its 2018 legislative session on May 9, 2018.

9 pet industry-related issues were introduced, 5 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 5282

Amends Public Act 14-205 (Task Force to Study the Humane Treatment of Animals in Municipal and Regional Shelters) to extend the reporting deadline of the task force from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2019.

DIED ON HOUSE CALENDAR

HB 5354

Amends Chapter 490 (Fisheries & Game), Section 26-78 (Sale of birds, quadrupeds, reptiles or amphibians) of CT General Statutes to prohibit the sale or trade of snapping turtles and red-eared slider turtles.

ENACTED

HB 5362

Amends Chapter 435 (Dogs & Other Companion Animals; Kennels and Pet Shops), Section 22-344 (Licensing of commercial kennel, pet shop, training facility or grooming facility) of CT General Statutes by repealing and replacing subsection (f) to require municipal pounds and shelters to register with the Department of Agriculture and follow the same sanitation and animal treatment standards as other registered facilities.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 5503

An Act to amend CT General Statutes to hold the owner or keeper of a dog that attacks and injures or kills a seeing eye dog or an assistance dog liable for damages (economic and non-economic).

ENACTED

SB 523

An Act to amend CT General Statutes to provide that that the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection shall establish and maintain a registry of all persons required to register as offenders convicted of committing a crime involving animal abuse.

VETOED BY GOVERNOR

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