PIJAC

2018 Legislative Session Overview - Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned its 2018 legislative session on April 9, 2018.

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

 

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HB 40

Amends the Criminal Procedures Article of the Laws of Maryland by adding a new Subtitle 11 to establish an Animal Abuse Registry.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 1629

Amends the Criminal Procedure article of the Annotated Code of Maryland by adding a new Section 11-1101 requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to establish the Maryland Animal Abuse Registry.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 1662

The "No More Puppy-Mill Pups Act of 2018" amends the Business Regulation article of the Annotated Code of Maryland by repealing Section 702.1 (pet store breeder sourcing restrictions) and adding a new Section 703 to prohibit certain retail pet stores from offering for sale, transferring, or disposing of cats or dogs.

ENACTED

REG 2018-002

Proposed rulemaking to amend Title 15 (Department of Agriculture) of the Code of Maryland Regulations by creating a new Section 15.01.11 to set forth minimum standards of care for certain animal shelters that keep dogs and cats.

ADOPTED

ORD 18-0177

Proposed ordinance (No. 18-0177) amends the Health Code of Baltimore, MD City Code to prohibit the retail sale of dogs and cats by commercial establishments in the city.

PENDING

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