HB1388 (2020) Detail

Prohibiting the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in retail stores.


HB 1388 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2085

08/03

 

HOUSE BILL 1388

 

AN ACT prohibiting the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in retail stores.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Rogers, Merr. 28; Rep. Lucas, Sull. 2; Rep. K. Murray, Rock. 24; Rep. Klee, Hills. 30; Rep. Nutting-Wong, Hills. 32

 

COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill defines pet store and animal rescue organization and prohibits the transfer of cats, dogs, and rabbits at retail in pet stores.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2085

08/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT prohibiting the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in retail stores.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Paragraph; Definitions; Animal Shelter Facility; Animal Rescue Organization.  Amend RSA 437:1 by inserting after paragraph I the following new paragraph:

I-a.  "Animal rescue organization" means a pet vendor that is a nonprofit organization that is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and whose mission and practice is, in whole or in significant part, the rescue and placement of animals in permanent homes.  "Animal rescue organization" does not include an entity that breeds animals for the purpose of selling their offspring or that obtains animals from such an entity for payment or other compensation.

2  New Paragraphs; Definition; Pet Store.  Amend RSA 437:1 by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:

III-a.  "Pet store" means a pet vendor that has a physical facility where animals are transfered to the general public at retail.  "Pet store" does not include animal shelter facility.

3  New Section; Restrictions on the Sale of Animals; Pet Stores.  Amend RSA 437 by inserting after section 3 the following new section:

437:3-a  Restrictions on the Sale of Animals in Pet Stores.  No pet store shall transfer cats, dogs, or rabbits at retail.  Nothing in this section shall prohibit a pet store from collaborating with an animal shelter facility or animal rescue organization to offer space for such entities to display adoptable dogs, cats, or rabbits provided the pet store shall not have any ownership interest in the animals offered for adoption and shall not receive a fee for providing space for the adoption of any such animals.

4  Pet Store; Sales of Cats, Dogs, and Rabbits Prohibited; Penalty.  Amend RSA 437:10, II to read as follows:

II.  A pet store that transfers cats, dogs, or rabbits at retail shall be subject to an administrative fine levied by the commissioner of $500.  Each cat, dog, or rabbit offered for sale shall constitute a separate violation.

III.  In addition to the penalty under [paragraph I] paragraphs I and II, any pet vendor who violates any of the provisions of this subdivision or rule adopted under it may be subject to an administrative fine levied by the commissioner, not to exceed $1,000 for each violation.

5  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2021.

Links

HB1388 at GenCourtMobile
HB1388 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 4, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 25, 2020 House Hearing
March 3, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 11, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1388 Revision: 6998 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Environment and Agriculture HJ 1 P. 20
Feb. 4, 2020 ==CANCELLED== Public Hearing: 02/04/2020 10:30 am LOB 303
Feb. 25, 2020 Public Hearing: 02/25/2020 01:30 pm LOB 305-307
March 3, 2020 Executive Session: 03/03/2020 10:00 am LOB 303
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC)
March 11, 2020 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/11/2020 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 10 P. 14
March 11, 2020 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/11/2020