STATE
BILL/RULE #
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
STATUS

PENDING 2018 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   

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

MICHIGAN
HB 5778
Agriculture; animals; large carnivore act; amend to allow for breeding of large carnivores in certain situations.
Creates a large carnivore breeding license for those who qualify
1st reading - Passed Agriculture - Substitute H-5 adopted on 2nd reading

MICHIGAN
HB 6050
Agriculture; animals; large carnivore act; amend to allow for breeding of black bears under certain conditions
Allows breeding of up to 4 black bear sows per year for USDA C
1st reading - Passed Agriculture w/substitute 6/6

MICHIGAN
HB 6032
Crimes; animals; ownership, possession, breeding, sale, and importing of nonhuman primates; prohibit with certain exceptions and provide penalty
Bans ownership, breeding, sale and import of non-human primates
1st reading - Agriculture

NEW  JERSEY

A 1923

S 1093

"Nosey's Law"; prohibits use of elephants and other wild or exotic animals in traveling animal acts
Prohibits using wild or exotic animal in performances which requires them to be transported to site

A 1923: Passed Agriculture and Natural Resources


S 1093: Passed Economic Growth as amended 5/31 


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

Agriculture 2017

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
Agriculture 2017

NEW YORK
S 998
Relates to permitting the use of peregrine falcons in falconry

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

NEW YORK
S 6283
Relates to prohibitions on certain circus performances
Allows prohibiting a circus from performing in the state if it or its employees or handlers have settled or adjucated with the USDA for cruelty or neglect
Passed Consumer Protection 5/31 – 1st & 2nd reading

NEW YORK

A 8157

S 7718

Relates to prohibiting the issuance of permits authorizing the use of wild animals and elephants in circuses; excepts an accredited zoo and a wildlife sanctuary
Bans issuing permits for wild animals in circuses

A 8157: Passed Environmental Conservation with Amendment A  6/7


S 7718: Environmental Conservation - Amendment A


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
Judiciary 2017

RHODE ISLAND
H 7151
AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMAL AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - PSITTACINE BIRDS
Removes requirement for bands to be closed metal seamless
Health, Education & Welfare 1/12 - Interim Study

RHODE ISLAND
H 7248
AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMAL AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - WILDCATS AND HYBRID CATS
Requires DEM permit for all wildcats and their hybrids including specifically all domestic hybrids – Penalty $500 fine or 90 days jail
Judiciary 1/19 - Interim Study





STATE
BILL/RULE #
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
STATUS

FAILED LEGISLATION

ALABAMA
HB 253
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 cheetah, cougar and Panthera and allows felids and canids to have FDA approved vaccine
DEAD
FLORIDA
HB 1305
Florida Orca Protection Act
Bans orcas in captivity
DEAD
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
DEAD
KANSAS
HB 2276/ 
SB 162
An act relating to dangerous regulated animals
Adds wolves and primates and amends 2006 exemptions
DEAD
MISSISSIPPI
HB 591
Venomous snakes; classify as inherently dangerous to humans and unlawful to possess without a permit.
Adds venomous and poisonous reptiles to dangerous regulated animals
DEAD
WASHINGTON
HB 2088
Prohibiting the participation of elephants in a traveling animal act 
Bans elephants in traveling acts
DEAD
WASHINGTON
SB 6099
Concerning orca captivity.
Bans orcas in captivity
DEAD
 WASHINGTON
SB 6154
Concerning the unlawful use of an elephant in a traveling animal act.
Bans elephants in traveling animal acts
DEAD













2018 LEGISLATION

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