Subject: Maryland Update - The Session Ends!
PASSED! Puppy Mills, H.B. 940/S.B. 839: Requiring a person to obtain a kennel license if the person owns or has custody of 15 or more unspayed female dogs over the age of 6 months kept for the purpose of breeding the dogs and selling their offspring and sells dogs from six or more litters in a year; requiring each county to collect and maintain specified information for each kennel license issued; requiring each county to report specified information to the , Licensing, and Regulation on or before January 15 each year; etc.
·Senate Votes (46 yeas, 0 nays)
Animal Cruelty, H.B.
115: Authorizing a court, as a condition of probation for specified violations concerning animal abuse, neglect, or cruelty,
to prohibit the defendant from owning, possessing, or residing with an animal. (This is a big one. You abuse you never get an animal again!)
· House Votes (138 yeas, 0 nays)
· Senate Votes (47 yeas, 0 nays)
PASSED! Spay/Neuter , H.B. 339/S.B. 639: Establishing a Task Force on the Establishment of a Statewide Spay/Neuter Fund; specifying the membership, chair, and staff of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to review specified spay/neuter programs, develop a specified spay/neuter program, and make recommendations regarding a spay/neuter fund; requiring the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and specified committees of the General Assembly on or before ; terminating the Act at the end of ; etc
Senate Votes (46 yeas, 0 nays)
PASSED! Pet Protective Orders, SB 747 & HB 407: Authorizing a District Court Commissioner, in a specified interim protective order, and a judge, in a temporary protective order or final protective order, to award temporary possession of any pet of a person eligible for relief or a respondent.
Senate Votes (46 yeas, 0 nays)
Passed! - Safety, HB 897, Prohibiting a person, after January 1, 2012, from selling or offering for sale engine coolant or antifreeze that contains more than 10% ethylene glycol unless it contains not less than 30 parts per million nor more than 50 parts per million denatonium benzoate; granting immunity from liability to persons that manufacture, process, distribute, recycle, or sell engine coolant or antifreeze with denatonium benzoate in concentrations required by the Act, except under specified circumstances; etc.
·House Votes (135 yeas, 0 nays)
Passed! - Dogs in Restaurants, HB 941, Authorizing a restaurant with an outdoor dining area to allow a patron's dog to accompany the patron in the outdoor dining area of the restaurant during specified hours; requiring specified restaurant owners to give notice to local health departments under specified circumstances; authorizing restaurant owners to make specified determinations and to limit the size and type of dog that may accompany a patron into the outdoor dining area; requiring specified restaurant owners to post a notice; etc.
· Senate Votes (46 yeas, 0 nays)
2011 Animal Bills (that MVFA opposed) that Failed:
FAILED! Maryland Livestock and Poultry Care and Advisory Board, SB 254 & HB 676: Establishing the Maryland Livestock and Poultry Care Advisory Board; establishing the membership and charge of the Board; requiring the Board to elect the chair of the Board; providing for the terms of the members and chair of the Board; etc.
FAILED! Extended Sunday Hunting, SB 45 & HB 129: Repealing specified provisions of law authorizing a person to hunt deer on private property in specified counties on specified Sundays under specified circumstances; authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt deer on private property in specified counties on specified Sundays under specified circumstances; etc.
· House Environmental Matters Committee Votes (no committee vote on this bill)