HB 371 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 371
SPONSORS: Rep. Flanagan, Hills. 26; Rep. Hunt, Ches. 11
COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture
This bill increases the number of dogs and cats that may be transfered in order to qualify as a pet vendor.
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8Jan2020... 2744h 19-0221
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
IV. "Pet vendor" means any person, firm, corporation, or other entity that transfers  35 or more dogs,  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 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 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.
437:7 Exceptions. The license provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to breeders of dogs or cats that do not meet the definition of pet vendor in RSA 437:1, veterinarians, or the transfer of livestock or poultry.
HB 371- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-2744h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill increases the number of dogs and cats that may be transferred in order to qualify as a pet vendor. The Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food estimates there will be 360 annual licenses issued at full implementation of the current statute. An increase in the number of animals transferred before a license is required will reduce the number of licensees. The Department estimates the bill would result in 60 fewer annual licenses. As a result, annual license revenue to the general fund would decrease by $12,000 ($200 x 60 licenses). The Department states any staff time saved will be redirected to other responsibilities that are currently not adequately addressed.
It is assumed the fiscal impact of the bill would not occur until FY 2021.
Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
|Feb. 19, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 26, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Nov. 7, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Environment and Agriculture HJ 3 P. 12|
|Feb. 19, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/19/2019 01:45 pm LOB 303|
|Feb. 26, 2019||Executive Session: 02/26/2019 01:30 pm LOB 303|
|Retained in Committee|
|Oct. 2, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 10/02/2019 10:00 am LOB 303|
|Oct. 16, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 10/16/2019 12:30 pm LOB 303|
|Nov. 7, 2019||Executive Session: 11/07/2019 10:00 am LOB 303|
|Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-2744h (NT) (Vote 14-4; RC) HC 50 P. 22|
|Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Amendment # 2019-2744h (NT): AA VV 01/08/2020 HJ 1 P. 107|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-2744h (NT): MA VV 01/08/2020 HJ 1 P. 107|
|March 11, 2020||Introduced 03/11/2020 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 7|