HB371 (2020) Detail

(New Title) relative to the definition of pet vendor.


HB 371 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

8Jan2020... 2744h

2019 SESSION

19-0221

08/10

 

HOUSE BILL 371

 

AN ACT relative to the definition of pet vendor.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Flanagan, Hills. 26; Rep. Hunt, Ches. 11

 

COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

8Jan2020... 2744h 19-0221

08/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to the definition of pet vendor.

 

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 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.

2  Pet Vendor; Exceptions.  Amend RSA 437:7 to read as follows:

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.

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

 

LBAO

19-0221

Amended 1/16/20

 

HB 371- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-2744h)

 

AN ACT relative to the definition of pet vendor.

 

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 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.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food

 

Links

HB371 at GenCourtMobile
HB371 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 19, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 26, 2019 House Exec Session
Nov. 7, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB371 Revision: 7905 Date: Jan. 17, 2020, 3:17 p.m.
HB371 Revision: 7347 Date: Jan. 7, 2019, 2:47 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
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
June 16, 2020 Vacated from Committee and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020 SJ 8
June 16, 2020 No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8