PIJAC

2018 Legislative Session Overview - New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Legislature adjourned its 2017-18 legislative session on June 30, 2018.

14 pet industry-related issues were introduced, 7 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

EO 2017-04

An Executive Order (No. 2017-04) withdrawing Executive Order No. 2016-01 and re-establishing the Governor's Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals.

ENACTED

HB 2

Repeals, replaces and renumbers Title XL (Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandry), Chapter 437 (Sale of Pets and Disposition of Unclaimed Animals), Sections 1-13a of NH Statutes which establishes standards for the transfer of animals and birds.

FAILED TO PASS HOUSE

HB 290

Amends Title XL (Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandry), Chapter 436 (Diseases of Domestic Animals), Section 106 (Handling of Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Bitten by Rabid Animals) to reflect quarantine changes made by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians to the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control.

ENACTED

HB 594

Amends Title LXII (Criminal Code) of New Hampshire Statutes by adding a new Chapter 651-G (Animal Cruelty Registry) to establish a registry of persons convicted of animal cruelty.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HB 1309

Amends Chapter 437 (Sale of Pets and Disposition of Unclaimed Animals), Section 437:8 (Health Certificates for Dogs, Cats and Ferrets) of NH Revised Statutes Annotated to exempt animal shelter facilities from certain animal transfer requirements.

ENACTED

HB 1385

Establishes a committee to study the humane treatment of animals in New Hampshire.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SB 569

Amends Title XL (Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandry), Chapter 437 (Sale of Pets; Disposition of Unclaimed Animals) of NH Revised Statutes relating to licensing, inspection, health certificates and recordkeeping requirements for pet vendors and commercial kennels.

DIED IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

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