191st 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.

If you cannot attend a hearing you may submit written testimony via email!

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This chart will be updated as bill text is received and analyzed. Updated: 06/12/19 11am.

Bill #SponsorName/Description PositionHearing Action
Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (JEN) 617-722-1540 or 617-722-2210
SB501 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Provide Additional Funding for Animal Welfare and Safety Programming SUPPORT x x
SB502 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act relative to privately operated animal shelters and rescue organizations OPPOSE x x
SB503 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Requiring the Supervision of Animals at Day Care Services OPPOSE x x
SB510 Sen. Patrick O'Connor (R) An Act Protecting Dogs at Boarding Kennels and Daycare Facilities OPPOSE x x
HB812 Rep. Hannah Kane (D) An Act Protecting Dogs at Boarding Kennels & Daycare Facilities OPPOSE x x
SB504 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Prevent Animal Suffering by Irresponsible Breeding Practices OPPOSE x x
SB534 Sen. Bruce Tarr (R) An Act Protecting Research Animals OPPOSE x x
HB758 Rep. Michelle DuBois (D) An Act Protecting Research Animals OPPOSE x x
HB764 Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D) An Act Protecting Research Animals OPPOSE x x
HB800 Rep. Natalie Higgins (D) An Act Banning the Retail Sale of Cats and Dogs in Pet Shops OPPOSE x x
HB755 Rep. Daniel M. Donahue (D) An Act Relative to the importation of Animals for Rescue, Shelter, Foster, Adoption or Remote Sale OPPOSE x x
Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government (JMR) 617-722-1350 or 617-722-2090
SB1204 Sen. James Welch (D) An Act Relating to the Remedy for the Sale of Sick Puppies and Kittens OPPOSE 06/0419 11:00am Rm A-1 x
HB1823 Rep. David Rogers (D) An Act Relating to the Remedy for the Sale of Sick Puppies and Kittens Oppose 06/0419 11:00am Rm A-1 x
HB1774 Rep. Linda Campbell (D) An Act Protecting the Health and Safety of Puppies and Kittens in Cities and Towns OPPOSE 06/0419 11:00am Rm A-1 x
SB114 Sen. Harriet Chandler (D) An Act Protecting the Health and Safety of Puppies and Kittens in Cities and Towns OPPOSE 06/0419 11:00am Rm A-1 x
HB1757 Rep. Bruce Ayers (D) An Act Relative to Puppy Mills Oppose 06/0419 11:00am Rm A-1 x
HB1758 Rep. Bruce Ayers (D) An Act relative to further increasing the fines for cruelty to animals, and establishing a fund dedicated to improvements for local animal shelters. Oppose 06/0419 11:00am Rm A-1 x
HB1773 Rep. Mark Cusack (D) An Act to protect pets in the Commonwealth Support with Reservations 06/0419 11:00am Rm A-1 x
HB1816 Rep. Tram Nguyen (D) An Act known as The Animal Rescue Access Act of Massachusetts SUPPORT x x
HB1822 Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Jr. (D) An Act Enhancing the Issuance of Citations for Cruel Conditions for Animals Oppose 06/0419 11:00am Rm A-1 x
Joint Committee the Judiciary (JJU) 617-722-2396 or 617-722-1280
SB891 Sen. Cynthia Creem (D) An Act Relative to Archaic Crimes No Position 05/14/19 1:00pm Rm A-2 x
SB947 Sen. Anne Gobi (D) An Act Relative to Dog Training Areas in the Commonwealth SUPPORT x x
SB989 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Enhancing the Issuance of Citations for Cruel Conditions for Animals Oppose x x
SB990 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Relative to Improving Enforcement for Tethering Violations Oppose x x
SB1027 Sen. Bruce Tarr (R) An Act Relative to Protecting Animals from Cruelty Position Paper in Progress x x
SB1037 Sen. Dean Tran (R) An Act Relative to the Ownership of Pets by Convicted Animal Abusers OPPOSE 05/14/19 1:00pm Rm A-2 x
HB3258 Rep. William Crocker (R) An Act to promote safe dog ownership OPPOSE x x
HB1435 Rep. Brad Hill (R) An Act Relative to Pet Adoption Safety OPPOSE 05/14/19 1:00pm Rm A-2 x
HB1444 Rep. Steven Howitt (R) An Act Changing the Legal Status of “Pets” from Personal Property to “Companion Animals” OPPOSE 05/14/19 1:00pm Rm A-2 x
HB1445 Rep. Steven Howitt (R) An Act Relative to Establishing an Animal Abuse Registry OPPOSE 05/14/19 1:00pm Rm A-2 x
SB958 Sen. John Keenan (D) An Act Relative to the Wrongful Death or Injury of Animal Companions OPPOSE x x
HB1561 Rep. Michael Soter (R) An Act Relative to the Wrongful Death or Injury of Animal Companions OPPOSE 05/14/19 1:00pm Rm A-2 x
Joint Committee on Financial Services (JFS) 617-722-1120 or 617-722-2220
SB595 Sen. Anne Gobi (D) An Act Concerning the Use of Certain Insurance Underwriting Guidelines Pertaining to Dogs SUPPORT x x
HB1037 Rep. Jack Lewis (D) An Act Concerning the Use of Certain Insurance Underwriting Guidelines Pertaining to Dogs Harbored Upon the Insured Property SUPPORT x x
HB1038 Rep. Jack Lewis (D) An Act to Prohibit Housing Discrimination Against Responsible Dog Owners SUPPORT x x
Joint Committee on Public Health (JPH) 617-722-1206 or 617-722-2130
SB1300 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act to Preserve the Eternal Bonds Between People & Their Animals SUPPORT x x
HB1920 Sen. Daniel Hunt (D) An Act to establish a subsidiary board for veterinary technology OPPOSE x x
SB1353 Sen. James Welch (D) An Act to establish a subsidiary board for veterinary technology OPPOSE x x
Joint Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security (JPSF) 617-722-1485 or 617-722-2230
SB1431 Sen. Mark Montigny (D) An Act Allowing Humane Transportation of K9 Partners aka Nero’s Law Position Paper in Progress x x
HB2037 Rep. William Crocker (R) An Act Providing for the Care and Transportation of Police Dogs Injured in the Line of Duty aka Nero’s Bill Position Paper in Progress x x
Joint Committee Revenue (JRV) 617-722-1200 or 617-722-2320
SB1747 Sen. Patrick O'Connor (R) An Act Establishing the Commonwealth Municipal Dog Park Trust Fund OPPOSE x x
HB2573 Rep. David Muradian (R) An Act providing tax credits to promote the adoption of a dog or cat from a shelter OPPOSE x x
Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure (JCP) 617-722-1612 or 617-722-2014
SB118 Sen. Nicholas Collins (D) An Act Relative to the Licensure of Dog Trainers OPPOSE x x
SB175 Sen. Patrick O'Connor (R) An Act Banning the Retail Sale of Cats and Dogs in Pet Shops OPPOSE x x
Joint Committee on CState Administration & Regulatory Oversight (JSA) 617-722-1551 or 617-722-2140
SB1820

Sen. Cynthia Creem (D) An Act Relative to Pet Fees SUPPORT x x
Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs (JVF) 617-722-1643 or 617-722-2877/a>
SB2158 Sen. Julian Cyr (D) An Act Relative to Protecting Veterans with Service Dogs SUPPORT 05/16/19 1:00pm Rm A-1 x
No Committee Assignments