190th General Court - Bills To Watch

Click on Bill # to read position paper and full bill text. A condensed list of bills and their status can be downloaded here: MassFed Bills To Watch. Click here to download the MassFed Hearing Schedule.

Note: MassFed Priority Bills are shown in Dark Red Bold and are organized by Committee assignment.

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This chart will be updated as bill text is received and analyzed. Updated: 05/21/18.

Bill #SponsorName/Description PositionHearing Action
Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government (JMR) 617-722-1612 or 617-722-2090
SB1155

New Draft SB2331

SB2331 Amendments

Sen. Karen Spilka (D) An Act to Protect Puppies & Kittens OPPOSE 10/17/17 1pm State House Rm 222 10/23/17 Senate Reported favorably by JMR; 10/23/17 Referred to Senate Ways & Means Committee; 3/9/18 – Reported Favorably by SWM; New draft SB2331 recommended; Placed in Orders of the Day for 3/15/18 with amendment pending; 03/15/18 Amendment(s) adopted (SWM), New draft substituted - see SB2331
HB1080 Rep. Jennifer Benson (D) An Act to Protect Puppies & Kittens OPPOSE 10/17/17 1pm State House Rm 222 2/6/18 Sent to Study
HB1078 Rep. Bruce Ayers (D) An Act Relative to Puppy Mills OPPOSE 10/17/17 1pm State House Rm 222 2/6/18 Sent to Study
HB1084 Rep. Josh Cutler (D) An Act Relative to Penalties for the Improper Treatment of Animals OPPOSE 10/17/17 1pm State House Rm 222 2/6/18 Sent to Study
SB1159

New Draft SB2332

SB2332 Amendments

Sen. Bruce Tarr (R) An Act to Protect Animal Welfare & Safety in Cities & Towns OPPOSE 10/17/17 1pm State House Rm 222 11/14/17 Reported favorably by JMR; 3/9/18 Reported Favorably by Senate Rules; New draft recommended SB2332; placed in Orders of the Day (3/15/18) with amendment pending; 03/15/18 Senate Session (3/15/18 11:00 AM Gardner Auditorium), Amendment(s) adopted as (Senate Rules), New draft substituted - see SB2332
HB2419 Rep. Louis Kafka (D) An Act to Protect Animal Welfare & Safety in Cities & Towns OPPOSE 10/17/17 1pm State House Rm 222 11/14/17 Reported favorably by JMR; 11/17/17 Referred to House Ways & Means
HB1079 Rep. Bruce Ayers (D) An Act Relative to Further Increasing the Fines for Cruelty to Animals & Establishing a fund Dedicated to Improvements for Local Animal Shelters OPPOSE 10/17/17 1pm State House Rm 222 2/6/18 Sent to Study
SB1127
New Draft
SB2187
Sen. James Eldridge (D) An Act Protecting Abandoned Animals in Vacant Properties SUPPORT 10/17/17 1pm State House Rm 222 10/23/17 Senate Reported favorably as amended carrying HB2426; 11/02/17 New draft substituted - SB2187 - referred to Senate Ways & Means Committee
HB2426 Rep. David Rogers (D) An Act Protecting Abandoned Animals in Vacant Properties SUPPORT 10/17/17 1pm State House Rm 222 10/23/17 House attached to favorable report by JMR of SB1127; 3/2/18 House - extensio order filed until 4/25/18
HB3212 Rep. Mark Cusack (D) An Act to Protect Pets in the Commonwealth Support 10/17/17 1pm State House Rm 222 10/23/17 House Reported favorably by JMR; 10/23/17 Referred to House Ways & Means Committee
Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculature (JEN) 617-722-2133 or 617-722-2210
HB407 Rep. James Cantwell (D) An Act Protecting Dogs at Boarding Kennels & Daycare Facilities OPPOSE 09/12/17 10am State House Room A2 02/12/18 Attached to favorable report by JEN of SB406. 02/20/18 Sent to Study
SB406
New Draft
SB2461
Sen. Harriette Chandler (D) An Act Protecting Dogs at Boarding Kennels & Daycare Facilities OPPOSE 09/12/17 10am State House Room A2 02/12/18 Reported favorably as amended by JEN carrying HB407; 04/24/18 New Draft SB2461, Referred to Senate Ways & Means
SB457 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Provide Additional Fundingfor Animal Welfare & Safety Programming SUPPORT 09/12/17 10am State House Room A2 02/20/18 Reported favorably by JEN; 03/19/18 Referred to Senate Committee on Ways & Means
SB458 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Pirvately Operated Animal Shelters & Rescue Organizations OPPOSE 09/12/17 10am State House Room A2 02/20/18 Sent to Study
SB460 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Prevent Animal Suffering by Irresponsible Breeding Practices OPPOSE 09/12/17 10am State House Room A2 02/28/18 Sent to study
SB489 Sen. Bruce Tarr (R) An Act Protecting Research Animals OPPOSE 09/12/17 10am State House Room A2 2/6/18 Reported Favorably by JEN Committee
SB470 Sen. Patrick O'Connor (R) An Act Banning the Sale of Cats & Dogs in Commercial Pet Shops OPPOSE 09/12/17 10am State House Room A2 02/28/18 Sent to study
HB3561 Rep. Daniel Donahue (D) An Act Relative to the Importation of Animals for Rescue, Shelter, Foster, Adoptions or Remote Sale Position paper in progress 09/12/17 10am State House Room A2 02/12/18 Reported favorably as amended by JEN
Joint Committee on the Judiciary (JJU) 617-722-2396 or 617-722-1639
SB866 Sen. Anne M. Gobi (D) An Act Relative to Dog Training Areas in the Commonwealth SUPPORT 09/12/17 1pm State House Room A1 02/15/18 Sent to Study
HB852 Rep. Steven Howitt (R) An Act Relative to establishing an Animal Abuse Registry OPPOSE 07/18/17 1pm State House Room A1 02/15/18 Sent to Study
SB882 Sen. John Keenan (D) An Act Relative to the Wrongful Death or Injury of Animal Companions OPPOSE 09/12/17 1pm State House Room A1 02/15/18 Sent to Study
SB912 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Protect Access for Service Animals SUPPORT 10/16/17 1pm State House Rm A2 02/15/18 Sent to Study
HB2290 Rep. Steven Howitt (R) An Act Changing the Legal Status of “Pets” from Personal Property to “Companion Animals” OPPOSE 07/18/17 1pm State House Room A1 02/15/18 Sent to Study
HB2277 Rep. Kimberly Ferguson (R) An Act Relative to the Misrepresentation of a Service Animal SUPPORT 09/12/17 1pm State House Room A1 2/7/18 Extension Order until 3/21/18; 03/20/18 Extension order until 5/2/18; 5/2/18 Sent to Study
HB3683 Rep. Timothy Whelan (R) An Act to Promote Safe Dog Ownership OPPOSE 09/12/17 1pm State House Room A1 02/15/18 Sent to Study
SB2165 Sen. Richard Ross (R) An Act Reltaive to the Protection of Service Animals SUPPORT x 02/15/18 Sent to Study
Joint Committee on Public Health (JPH) 617-722-1206 or 617-722-2130
HB1224 Rep. John Scibak (D) An Act Relative to Expanding Veterinary Treatment Practices Position paper in progress 11/07/17 10am State House Room A1 & A2 02/21/18 Sent to Study
HB2454 Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D) An Act Relative to the Adoption of Animals Used in Research OPPOSE 07/11/17 1pm State House Room A2 2/8/18 Extension Order until 5/9/18; 5/9/18 Sent to study
HB3231 Rep. Nick Collins (D) An Act Relating to Pet Internments in CertainCemetery Corporations SUPPORT 11/28/17 1pm State House Room A2 02/21/18 Sent to study
HB3232 Rep. Michelle DuBois (D) An Act Protecting Research Animals OPPOSE 07/11/17 1pm State House Room A2 2/8/18 Extension Order until 5/9/18; 5/9/18 Sent to study
Joint Committee Revenue (JRV) 617-722-1114 or 617-722-2320
SB1625 Sen. Richard Ross (R) An Act Establishing the Commonwealth Municipal Dog Park Trust Fund OPPOSE 05/16/17 10am State House Room A1 02/15/18 Sent to Study
Joint Committee on Financial Services (JFS) 617-722-2220 or 617-722-1120
SB533 Sen. Anne M. Gobi (D) An Act Concerning the Use of Certain Insurance Underwriting Guidelines Pertaining to Dogs SUPPORT 10/17/17 10:30am State House Rm A2 05/02/18 Sent to Study
SB589 Sen. Richard Ross (R) An Act Relative to Pet Insurance SUPPORT 10/17/17 10:30am State House Rm A2 05/02/18 Sent to Study
Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure (JCP) 617-722-2030 or 617-722-1200
HB159 Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D) An Act to Establish a Subsidiary Board for Veterinary Technology Position paper in progress 10/03/17 1pm State House Rm B1 02/15/18 Sent to Study
HB3544 Rep. James Cantwell (D) An Act Relative to the Certification of Pet Groomers OPPOSE 07/18/17 1pm State House Rm A1 02/15/18 Sent to Study