STATE
BILL/RULE #
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
STATUS

PASSED LEGISLATION

LOUISIANA
HB 593
  Provides relative to the regulation of turtles
Regulates turtle farms (Using turtles in commerce)
Signed into law 6/3/17 - Effective 8/1/17
OREGON
RULE
Wildlife Holding
Bans black bears, wolves, bobcats, cougars, skunks and raccoons
Effective 1/24/17
SOUTH CAROLINA
H 3531
Wild cats, Apes, and Bears
Removes ban on public contact AND bans large cats, non-native bears and great apes except for AZA and other purposes
Signed into law 5/11/17
WEST VIRGINIA
HB 2218
Dangerous Wild Animals
Adopts DWA list and rules
Signed into law 4/25/17
WEST VIRGINIA
HB 2248
DWA Board rule relating to DWA
Adopts Board rules
Signed into law 4/25/17








2017 LEGISLATION

STATE
BILL/RULE #
TITLE
DESCRIPT,ION
STATUS

LEGISLATION CARRIED INTO 2018

IOWA
SF 86

A bill for an act providing for an Iowa individual income tax checkoff for qualified Iowa zoos, making an appropriation, and providing for the Act’s implementation. 
Creates income tax checkoff for AZA zoos
Ways & Means 1/25/17 Subcommittee 2/1.
KANSAS

HB 2276/ 

SB 162

An act relating to dangerous regulated animals
Adds wolves and primates and amends 2006 exemptions

HB 2276: Federal and State Affairs 2/6/17

SB 162: Agriculture & Natural Resources 2/7/17

NEW YORK
S 273
Prohibits cruel treatment of elephants; prohibits the possession of certain devices; prohibits the use of certain devices on elephants; prohibits acts which cause pain, injury or death to an elephant ;  any violation of this section shall constitute a class E felony.
Bans bullhooks, etc
Referred to Agriculture 1/4/17
NEW YORK
S 276
Restricts the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows
Bans if they lived in mobile housing past 30 days
Referred to Agriculture 1/4/17
NEW YORK
S 998
Relates to permitting the use of peregrine falcons in falconry

Passed Environmental Conservation and 1st reading 5/9/17


STATE
BILL/RULE #
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
STATUS

PENDING LEGISLATION

FEDERAL
USDA Rule 2012-0107-0002
Petition to Amend Animal Welfare Act Regulations To Prohibit Public Contact with Big Cats, Bears, and Nonhuman Primates
Bans direct public contact, removing young from mother until natural weaning age except medical necessity, and requires barriers 15 feet away
Comments due 11/18/13.  Reopened 6/24/16.  Comments due 8/31.


FEDERAL

USDA Rule   

APHIS 2012-0106-0001  

Petition to Promulgate Standards for Bears. 

Creates caging, feeding and exhibiting requirements for bears
Introduced 11/26/13.  Comments due 1/27/14. 

HAWAII
AR-4-71
Plant and Non-Domestic Animal Quarantine Non-Domestic Animal Import Rules
Bans importing dangerous wild animals for temporary performances
Introduced 9/13/16. Referred to WTL/ CPH   

ILLINOIS
SB 1342
ELEPHANT PROHIB-TRAV PERFORM
Bans elephants in traveling acts
Sent to Governor 6/13.

MAINE
SP 91
 An Act To Require Permits for Wildlife in Captivity and Notification of the Escape of Exotic Wildlife in Captivity 

Requires global positioning device and notification of escapes
Passed House and Senate with amendment 6/22

MASSACHUSETTS
H 418/S 1898
An Act relative to the use of elephants in traveling animal acts

Bans elephants in traveling animal acts


H 418: Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture 1/23


S 1898: Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture 4/27


MASSACHUSETTS
S 490
An Act relative to wild and exotic animal performance prohibtion
Bans performances of wild or exotic animals
Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture 1/23

NEW  JERSEY           

A 2358
Removes monk parakeet from list of potentially dangerous species

Referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources 2/4/16.

NEW  JERSEY 
A 430
Imposes certain registration and reporting requirements to prevent illegal trade of tigers

Referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources 1/27/16.

NEW  JERSEY 
A 2591
Imposes civil penalty for the exhibition or use in performance of a living bear, elephant, lion or tiger

Referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources 2/8/16.

NEW  JERSEY 
S 323
Requires liability insurance for permit to possess certain dangerous animals

Referred to Commerce Committee 1/12/2016.  

PENNSYLVANIA
SB 248
An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses)  of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in riot, disorderly conduct and related offenses, providing for the offense of use of live animals in traveling exhibitions.
Bans exotic animals/exotic wildlife in performances if they traveled 15 days prior
Referred to Judiciary 1/27/17   

WASHINGTON
HB 2088
 Prohibiting the participation of elephants in a traveling animal act 

Bans elephants in traveling acts
Referred to Judiciary 2/13/17.  Carried into Special Session.





The following is a list of federal and state bills and rules that have been introduced or will be introduced. This list is not all inclusive. Join today for a complete list and the latest updates.  The bills pertain to the ownership of exotic and wild animals for the 2017 Legislative Session. It is updated as of June 22, 2017.

NEED CURRENT LAWS?

STATE
BILL/RULE #
TITLE
DESCRIPT,ION
STATUS

FAILED LEGISLATION

ALABAMA
HB 172
Animals, required rabies vaccines for canidae or felidae, further provided for, possession of certain canidae or felidae, possession of certain large felidae or wolves, prohibited under certain conditions, penalties
Bans large felidae and wolves and creates different exemptions from current ban on felidae and canidae
CONNECTICUT
HB 6340
An act abolishing the snapping turtle trade
Removes provision that exempts snapping turtles from wildlife laws
FLORIDA
HB 587/SB 230
NonNative Animals
Allows hunting of tegu and other herp

INDIANA

HB 1332
Dangerous Wild Animals
Bans dangerous wild animals on 7/1/17 with grandfathering along with public contact
MAINE
HP 287
An act to prohibit the use of elephants in traveling animal acts
Bans elephants in traveling acts
MISSISSIPPI
HB 1
Venomous snakes; classify as inherently dangerous to humans
Adds to inherently dangerous animals list
MISSOURI
HB 279/SB 123
Modifies provisions relating to captive cervids
Classifies captive cervids as livestock
DEAD

NEVADA
AB 238
Enacts provisions relating to the importation, possession, sale, transfer and breeding of dangerous wild animals.
Bans possession, sale and breeding of dangerous wild animals and direct contact


TEXAS
HB 2274
SB 1879
Relating to registration and regulation of dangerous wild animals; providing penalties, creating a criminal offense, and authorizing a fee.
Bans certain dangerous wild animals and repeals current law

HB 2274: Passed Culture, Recreation & Tourism 4/25.


SB 1879: Referred to Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs 3/23


TEXAS
Agency Rule Ch 169 SubCh G
Dangerous Wild Animals
Revises the caging and care standards for dangerous wild animals
WITHDRAWN 1/11/17


WYOMING

SF 86
Game and Fish Permits
Requires agency to ban or create permits for red fox, coyote, skunk, porcupine, raccoon
DEAD