HB1630 (2020) Detail

Relative to pet vendors.


HB 1630-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

12Mar2020... 0952h

2020 SESSION

20-2165

08/01

 

HOUSE BILL 1630-FN

 

AN ACT relative to pet vendors.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Pearl, Merr. 26; Rep. Aron, Sull. 7

 

COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill sets the limit of dogs, cats, and ferrets that may be transfered without a pet vendor

license.  This bill also creates an exemption from the requirement to obtain a pet vendor license for

certain breeders of dogs and cats.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

12Mar2020... 0952h 20-2165

08/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to pet vendors.

 

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

 

1  Pet Vendor; Definition.  Amend RSA 437:1, IV to read as follows:

IV.  "Pet vendor" means any person, firm, corporation, or other entity that transfers [25] 35 or more dogs, [25] 50 or more cats, 30 or more ferrets, or 50 or more birds, live animals or birds customarily used as household pets to the public, with or without a fee or donation required, and whether or not a physical facility is owned by the licensee in New Hampshire, when transfer to the final owner occurs within New Hampshire, between [July 1 and June 30] January 1 and December 31 of each year.  Pet vendor also means any person, firm, corporation, or other entity that transfers amphibians, reptiles, fish, or small mammals customarily used as household pets to the public in quantities set in rules adopted by the department, with or without a fee or donation required, and whether or not a physical facility is owned by the licensee in New Hampshire between [July 1 and June 30] January 1 and December 31 of each year.  Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to alter or affect the municipal zoning regulations that a pet vendor shall conform with under RSA 437:3.

2  Exemptions; Commercial Kennel Deleted.  Amend RSA 437:7 to read as follows:

437:7 Exceptions.

I. The license provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to breeders of dogs that do not meet the definition of pet vendor in RSA 437:1, veterinarians, or the transfer of livestock or poultry.

II.(a)  A person who has previously not met the requirements for licensure as a pet vendor but who intends to transfer more than 35 dogs or 50 cats in a year may apply to the commissioner for an exemption from licensure as a pet vendor if he or she meets the following criteria:

(1)  The person has transferred fewer than 35 dogs or 50 cats annually in the previous 2 12-month periods beginning January 1 and running through the following December 31; and

(2)  The person has not been required to register as a pet vendor in the previous 2 12-month periods beginning January 1 and running through the following December 31.

(b)  The commissioner shall make a determination on such exemption within 15 days of its submission.  Such exemption shall expire on the December 31 following its issuance.

(c)  A person exempt from licensure as a pet vendor under this paragraph may transfer no more than 15 dogs or 15 cats in addition to the 35 dog or 50 cat limit in subparagraph (a) within the period his or her exemption is valid.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

LBAO

20-2165

Amended 3/24/20

 

HB 1630-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2020-0952h)

 

AN ACT relative to pet vendors.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

($12,000)

($12,000)

($12,000)

   Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill sets the limit of dogs, cats, and ferrets that may be transfered without a pet vendor license.  This bill also creates an exemption from the requirement to obtain a pet vendor license for certain breeders of dogs and cats.  The Department of Agriculture provided the following information regarding the fiscal impact of this bill:

  • The change in the definition of pet vendor, which increases the threshold number of animals transferred, would reduce the number of pet vendors subject to licensure from an estimated 360 to 300 licenses.
  • The decrease in licenses would result in a decrease of $12,000 in annual license revenue deposited in the general fund. (60 licenses X $200 per license)
  • Each application for an exemption would take 2 hours for review, consideration and response.  The Department has no information on the potential number of applications.
  • The Department assumes resources saved by processing fewer licenses would be redirected to other responsibilities of the Department.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food

 

Links

HB1630 at GenCourtMobile
HB1630 Discussion

Action Dates

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

Bill Text Revisions

HB1630 Revision: 8398 Date: March 31, 2020, 3:50 p.m.
HB1630 Revision: 7274 Date: Dec. 10, 2019, 1:56 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Environment and Agriculture HJ 1 P. 29
Feb. 25, 2020 Public Hearing: 02/25/2020 01:00 pm LOB 305-307
March 3, 2020 Executive Session: 03/03/2020 10:00 am LOB 303
March 11, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0952h for 03/11/2020 (Vote 19-1; RC) HC 10 P. 54
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0952h (Vote 19-1; RC)
March 12, 2020 Amendment # 2020-0952h: AA VV 03/12/2020 HJ 8 P. 87
March 12, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0952h: MA VV 03/12/2020 HJ 8 P. 87
June 16, 2020 Introduced 06/16/2020, and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020; SJ 8
June 16, 2020 No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8