NEW YORK A04005  Prohibits the issuance of permits authorizing the use of wild animals in circuses or traveling animal acts; excepts a wildlife sanctuary and a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Bans issuing permit or license for a circus or traveling animal act to exhibit wild animals except AZA and wildlife sanctuaries


Amended 5/8 - Passed Environmental Conservation 5/23 – Codes – CARRIED INTO 2024

OKLAHOMA SB1952Fish and wildlife; permitting individuals to breed quail without obtaining license. Effective date.

  • Exempts those breeding or raising quail for personal consumption or noncommercial purposes from needing a license
  • Includes hobby, education or scientific purposes, and release on private property

PREFILED

HAWAII HB760  SB1033 RELATING TO AQUATIC RESOURCES.

Allows department to create rules regarding preventing or responding to new or previously benign aquatic nuisance species or due to new technology or data

HB -Passed House w/HD1 3/7 – Senate 1st reading – AEN/WTL – CARRIED INTO 2024


SB - 1st reading - Agriculture and Environment – CARRIED INTO 2024

ILLINOIS HB 0933 WILDLIFE-TECH

Amends Endangered Species Protection Act (shell bill)


1st reading – Back to Rules – CARRIED INTO 2024

TENNESSEE HB0285SB0194 Animal cruelty involving cock fighting

Increases penalty for owning or training a cock (game birds) for fighting, fighting one or allowing such act on one’s premises from Class A misdemeanor to Class E felony

                HB - 1st & 2nd reading – FAILED in Criminal Justice Subcommittee 3/7
               SB - 1st reading & 2nd reading – Judiciary – Hearing 3/13 - General Subcommittee – CARRIED INTO 2024

OKLAHOMA SB 1431Oklahoma Farmed Cervidae Act; allowing a license owner or operator of a licensed cervidae facilitiy

Allows owner of licensed Cervidae facility to be reimbursed for disposal of farmed cervids up to 25% of the value

PREFILED

WAHB 1153Prohibiting octopus farming.

Bans octopus aquaculture in the state


1st reading - Agriculture and Natural Resources Majority Do Pass & Minority Do NOT Pass 2/17 – CARRIED INTO 2024

NEW YORK S00589Prohibiting the taking of non-native big game mammals in a fenced or other area from which there is no means for such mammal to escape

Replaces ban on take of non-native big game mammals in containers on less than 10 acres with a ban on take in any cage or container along with in fenced areas

Environmental Conservation – CARRIED INTO 2024

VERMONT H.410 An act relating to rabies vaccination certificate requirements for domestic pet or wolf-hybrid licensure

Requires rabies certificate for domestic dog or wolf hybrid to include signature of veterinarian, owner name and address, species, sex, age, color, and primary breed and vaccination date and expiration

1st reading - Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry – CARRIED INTO 2024

NEW YORK S07933Authorizes the department of environmental conservation to independently add to the lists of prohibited and regulated invasive species on an emergency basis

Allows department of environmental conservation to add species to the prohibited and regulated invasive species list on an emergency basis if reviewed by the department of agriculture and markets and council

Environmental Conservation

NEW YORK S01949Relates to prohibiting the sale, trade or bartering or possession with intent to sell, trade or barter of certain wild animals or wild animal products and to the penalties imposed therefor

Adds trade, barter and possession with intent to sell, trade or barter to activities prohibited with species listed in 11-0536; adds giraffe

Environmental Conservation – CARRIED INTO 2024

OKLAHOMA HB 2719Animals; Oklahoma Endangered Species Act of 2023; effective date.

Unknown (shell bill)

1st & 2nd reading – Rules – CARRIED INTO 2024

VERMONT H.587 An act relating to enforcement of fish and wildlife violations

Creates big game violation which includes the big game, threatened or endangered species, and trade in covered animal parts or products already covered plus criminal suspensions, interference with hunting, fishing, or trapping, and illegal commercial importation or possession of wild animals

1st reading - Environment and Energy

PENNSYLVANIA HB 1522An Act establishing the Wildlife Rehabilitation Grant Program and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Grant Fund; and imposing duties on the Pennsylvania Game Commission

Issues grants for wildlife rehabilitation, improving their facilities, or a related purpose


Passed House as amended 10/16 – Senate Game and Fisheries – CARRIED INTO 2024

ILLINOIS HB 4446  CRIM CD-DANGEROUS ANIMAL-DEFIN

Adds serval, caracal, kangaroo, wallaby to the dangerous animal list along with hybrids, intergrades, and crosses of listed animals

1st reading - Rules

ILLINOIS SB 1890 SNAPPING TURTLES-TRAP

Amends Herptiles Act by allowing taking snapping turtles by trap notwithstanding any rule


1st reading – Back to Assignments – CARRIED INTO 2024 - Agriculture

MARYLAND HB0379Wildlife - Traveling Animal Acts - Prohibition

Bans performance of covered animals in traveling animal acts

1st reading – Environment & Transportation – Hearing Feb 14 @ 1 pm Room 250

ILLINOIS HB3695  CRIM CD-TRAVELING ANIMAL ACT

Adds all exotic animals to the ban on traveling acts

1st reading – Back to Rules – CARRIED INTO 2024

WVHB 4363To permit the ownership of Japanese quail as pets without a permit so long as the quail are not kept for commercial purposes

Exempts from needing private game farm license Japanese quail kept as pets for noncommercial purposes along with sales up to 3 or less a year


Government Organization

WVHB 3380To permit the ownership of Japanese quail as pets without a permit so long as the quail are not kept for commercial purposes

Exempts from needing private game farm license Japanese quail kept as pets for noncommercial purposes along with sales up to 3 or less a year


Government Organization - CARRIED INTO 2024

WAHB 1034  SB 5161 Prohibiting fur farming.

  • Bans fur farming of mink, marten, fox or chinchilla
  • Exempts federal authorized activities and federally recognized Indian tribeCreates fur farm transition grant program to help the transition of fur farms closing


HB - 1st reading - Agriculture and Natural Resources – CARRIED INTO 2024

SB - 1st reading - Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks – CARRIED INTO 2024

MASSACHUSETTS S 2197 An Act relative to the use of elephants, big cats, primates, giraffes, and bears in traveling exhibits and shows

Bans participation of covered animal in traveling animal acts

Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development – Hearing 7/24 – CARRIED INTO 2024

NEW YORK A00584  S03302Enacts the "Big Five African Trophies Act" relating to banning the importation, transportation and possession of certain African wildlife species and products

Bans import, export, transport, procession, sale, offer for sale, purchase, trade, barter, distribution or possession of part of product of an African elephant, African leopard, African lion, black rhino, white rhino, African giraffe

AB - Environmental Conservation – CARRIED INTO 2024

S - Passed Senate 3/13 – House Environmental Conservation – CARRIED INTO 2024

NEW YORK A00506Relates to prohibitions on circus performances

Requires attorney general to file injunction against circus from performing in state for 2 years IF within last 2 years: 1) it or owner, agent,  employee,  or  representative were cited by USDA for deficiency in care or handling of animals, received official notice of warning, or entered into a stipulation, consent decree, or settlement with USDA relating to care or handling OR 2) guilty of state animal cruelty or neglect law or pled guilty to another charge instead or charge was not dismissed on merits

Economic Development – CARRIED INTO 2024

ILLINOIS HB3257 DYED HERMIT CRAB, GOLDFISH

Adds hermit crabs and goldfish to those animals for which the sale, barter and giving away as a pet or novelty if dyed is banned


Passed House 4/26 – Senate 1st reading – Assignments – CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII SB648 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

Allows University of Hawaii college of tropical agriculture and human resources to establish aquaculture disease diagnostic laboratory

1st reading – Passed Agriculture and Environment w/SD1 2/14 – 2nd reading – WAM – CARRIED INTO 2024

SOUTH CAROLINA H. 4874A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ADDING CHAPTER 17 TO TITLE 50 SO AS TO REGULATE CAPTIVE WILDLIFE BY DEFINING TERMS, OUTLINING THE PERMITTING PROCESS, LISTING EXCEPTIONS, AND PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS, AMONG OTHER THINGS; BY AMENDING SECTION 50-16-40, RELATING TO EXCEPTIONS TO THE PERMIT REQUIREMENT FOR WILDLIFE IMPORTED FOR EXHIBITION PURPOSES, SO AS TO LIMIT THE EXCEPTIONS; AND BY REPEALING SECTION 50-11-1180 RELATING TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE DEPARTMENT TO ISSUE PERMITS TO COLLECT PROTECTED WILDLIFE FOR SCIENTIFIC OR PROPAGATING PURPOSES.


Prohibits possession of live captive wildlife except for those entities granted permit, grandfathered registered animals, and those exempt from permit


1st reading - Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs

HAWAII SB519 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

Creates Aquaculture Advisory Committee

1st reading – Passed Agriculture and Environment w/SD1 2/3 – 2nd reading - Referred to WAM – CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII SB2079 RELATING TO THE IMPORTATION OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS.

Allows State of Hawaii Plant and Animal Declaration Form to be electronic instead of paper

1st reading – Agriculture and Environment

HAWAII HB910  SB505 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

Bans taking aquatic life for commercial aquarium purposes including for pets, scientific study, public exhibit or display or sale except for bait, consumption or from fish ponds

HB - 1st reading – Water & Land – CARRIED INTO 2024


SB - Agriculture and Environment & Water & Land Report NOT adopted by Senate – CARRIED INTO 2024

PENNSYLVANIA HB 1451An Act amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in special licenses and permits, further providing for definitions, for exotic wildlife possession permits, for menagerie permits and for exclusions.


Bans possession, menagerie, and dealer permittees from permitting the public to feed or have direct contact with exotic wildlife or wildlife other than ruminants 


Passed House 11/13 – Senate Game and Fisheries – CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII SB381 RELATING TO ANIMALS.

Bans use of captive marine mammals in performances for entertainment at meeting, competition, exhibit, pastime, practice, display or event except research or rehabilitation

1st reading - Agriculture and Environment – CARRIED INTO 2024

WASB 6128 Prohibiting the use of certain animals in traveling animal acts.

Bans covered animals in traveling animal acts


1st reading – Law & Justice

NEW YORK A00518Prohibits the possession and transport of certain animals and body parts thereof at airports and port facilities owned or operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

BANS import, export, shipment, receipt, possession, process, sale, offer for sale, and transport of priority species at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey airport or port authority

Corporations, Authorities and Commissions – CARRIED INTO 2024

NEW MEXICO HB 59 RAISING QUAIL WITHOUT A PERMIT

  • Exempts domestic strain of quail from the definition of game birds
  • Allows raising quail for meat or eggs without a permit


PREFILED

FLORIDA HB 1033 Animals

Expands ban on keeping, possessing, importing, selling, bartering, trading, and breeding green iguanas to all iguanas

HB – FAILED IN 2023

Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee

NEW YORKA06836S06211 Relates to wild or exotic animals

Adds new animals to the wild and exotic animal list which are banned to possess, harbor sell, barter, transfer exchange and import as pets


Environmental Conservation – Amended 5/19 – CARRIED INTO 2024


Passed Senate 5/16 – House Environmental Conservation – CARRIED INTO 2024

MASSACHUSETTS H 375An Act relative to wildlife rehabilitators

Excludes aid or care of sick, injured, debilitated and orphaned wildlife by wildlife rehabilitator from practicing veterinary medicine

Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure – Hearing 6/26 – CARRIED INTO 2024

WAHB 1157  SB 5148 Prohibiting the display of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement.

Bans display of wild or exotic animals on public or private property except for educational purposes or AZA or association of sanctuaries


HB - 1st reading - Agriculture and Natural Resources – CARRIED INTO 2024

SB - 1st reading - Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks – CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII SB2412 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

Creates an aquaculture advisory committee to strengthen aquaculture in the state

1st reading - Agriculture and Environment

WVHB 4745Exempting Coturnix quail from the game farm requirement if they are owned for agricultural purposes

Exempts domesticated poultry (nonnative quail and partridges kept for agriculture purposes = meat or egg production) from being considered wild birds and the private game preserve license

Agriculture and Natural Resources

VERMONT H.812 An act relating to threatened and endangered species

  • Requires Secretary to revise the threatened and endangered species list by rule every 3 years
  • Requires Secretary to designate critical habitat for all endangered and threatened species
  • For activities prohibited involving such species: adds selling and offering for sale in INTRAstate commerce; delivery receipt, carrying, transport, and shipping in INTRAstate commerce; and importing or exporting
  • For authorized taking: removes take for scientific purposes, zoological exhibition, educational purposes, noncommercial cultural or ceremonial purposes, and special purposes for federal ESA
  • Authorizes Secretary in consultation with Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to develop practices that those involved in farming, forestry operations, or silvicultural practices may implement to minimize or avoid taking or encourage critical habitat AND if taking occurs during farming or forestry operations while complying with the practices, then they are considered to not have caused the taking

1st reading - Environment and Energy - Hearing 1/16

HAWAII HB746RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

Switches aquaculture program from department of agriculture's plant quarantine branch to animal industry division

1st reading – Agriculture – CARRIED INTO 2024

NEW YORK S04363  Prohibits the issuance of permits authorizing the use of wild animals in circuses or traveling animal acts; excepts a wildlife sanctuary and a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Bans issuing permit or license for a circus or traveling animal act to exhibit wild animals except AZA and wildlife sanctuaries


Environmental Conservation – CARRIED INTO 2024

NEW YORK S01459Relates to the provision of financial assistance to museums, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums and other cultural institutions located in low-income urban, suburban or rural communities

Requires creating museum and cultural organization education grant program to award grants to establish or improve education programs in museums and cultural organizations to improve student performance in school

Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation – CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII HB544  SB633 Relating to Regulation of Importation.

Requires Plant and Animal Declaration Form for importation to be distributed, completed and submitted electronically

HB - 1st reading –Passed Agriculture w/HD1 2/10 – 2nd reading – Finance – CARRIED INTO 2024


SB - 1st reading - Agriculture and Environment – CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII SB771 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

Adds new penalty for violating law requiring aquarium permit to take fish for aquarium purposes - $200 1st offense, $400 for 2nd, $1000 per additional with separate offense per specimen

1st reading - Water and Land – CARRIED INTO 2024

MASSACHUSETTS S 2189An Act relative to the use of elephants, big cats, primates, giraffes, and bears in traveling exhibits and shows

Bans participation of covered animal in traveling animal acts

Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development – Hearing 7/24 – CARRIED INTO 2024

NEW YORK A00508Relates to prohibiting the state's participation in artificial pheasant propagation activities

  • BANS state departments, divisions and political subdivisions from hatching, breeding, rearing, propagating, possessing, purchasing, distributing, transporting, selling, exchanging, or giving away artificially propagated pheasants or to support programs or activities for artificially propagated pheasants
  • Requires all current state owned or operated facilities to close

Environmental Conservation – CARRIED INTO 2024

VERMONT H.567 An act relating to the sale of dogs, cats, and wolf-hybrids by pet shops

Bans selling cats, dogs, and wolf hybrids at pet shops

1st reading - Agriculture, Food Resiliency, and Forestry

NEW YORK A07840Prohibits the importing, possession, or sale of any part or product of the skin or body of a kangaroo for commercial purposes

Bans import, possession to sell, and sale of parts and products of the skin or body of a kangaroo for commercial purposes or to direct another person to do so

Agriculture - CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII SB2149 RELATING TO PERMITS.

Limits the time to approve or deny an aquaculture license to 90 days of submission

1st reading - Agriculture and Environment

NEW YORK S03185Relates to the management of horseshoe crabs; and provides for the repeal of certain

Bans commercial sale and possession with intent to sell of horseshoe crabs and eggs

Environmental Conservation – CARRIED INTO 2024

MINNESOTA HF 1401 SF 1484 FARMED WHITE-TAILED DEER

 Various revisions related to farmed white-tailed deer


HF - 1st reading - Agriculture Finance and Policy – CARRIED INTO 2024

SF - 1st reading - Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development – CARRIED INTO 2024

VERMONT H.597 An act relating to the collection, sale, and possession of wildlife

  • Gives Commissioner authority to adopt rules regarding reptiles and amphibians, which can include: 1) prohibiting possessing and import if threat to species or ecosystems including prohibited and restricted lists, 2) providing waiver for currently owned prohibited species, 3) prohibiting take and collection, 4) establishing open season, 5) establishing daily, season, and possession limits, 6) establishing territorial limits under rule, 7) prescribing manner and means of take, 8) establishing restrictions based on physical distinction, and 8) designating Wildlife Management Units
  • Adds reptiles and amphibians to those species that cannot be brought into, transported into or within or through, or possessed with Commissioner authorization
  • Bans take, collection, possession, sale, import and export of wild birds and animals and parts for commercial purposes without authorization by Board rules, Commissioner rules, or permit
  • Bans take, possession, or collection of reptiles and amphibians unless authorized by Commissioner rules or permit – penalty is same as big game violation

1st reading - Environment and Energy

HAWAII HB901RELATING TO THE PROTECTION OF AQUATIC MAMMALS.

Enacts “Protecting Aquatic Mammals From Living in Pools or Restraints (PROTECT FLIPR):  A Cetacean Display Ban Act" that bans exhibiting captive cetaceans

1st reading – Water & Land – CARRIED INTO 2024

NEW YORK A00400Relates to the sale of birds by pet dealers when such birds have not yet been fully weaned

Requires pet dealers selling unweaned birds to disclose such fact to buyer, provide hand-feeding training unless already experienced, and buyer agrees in writing to provide bird for inspection and weighing weekly until weened

Agriculture – CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII HB769  SB94 RELATING TO SPECIAL ACTIVITY PERMITS.

Requires approving or denying a permit for activities related to science, education, management, or propagation of aquatic resources within 90 days

HB - 1st reading – Water & Land – CARRIED INTO 2024

SB - Passed Senate w/SD1 & SD2 3/7 – House 1st reading – Passed Water & Land w/HD1 3/16 – Finance – CARRIED INTO 2024

WiSconsinAB124  SB126Relating to: the definition of public zoos and aquariums for purposes of captive wildlife regulations. (FE)

Adds ZAA zoos and aquariums to the exemption for captive wildlife


1st reading – Passed Tourism 10/5 – Rules – CARRIED INTO 2024

1st reading - Labor, Regulatory Reform, Veterans and Military Affairs – Hearing 8/29 – CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII SB818 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

Transfers the aquaculture program from Department of Agriculture to Agribusiness Development Corporation

Passed Senate w/SD1 3/7 –– Passed House w/HD1 & HD2 4/4 – Senate did NOT concur in House amendments 4/5 – Conferees appointed 4/18 – CARRIED INTO 2024

VIRGINIA HB 1531Cruelty to elephants; pain-inflicting training tools prohibited; actions for attachment; civil

Bans 1) using electricity, martingales, or block and tackle to physical punish an elephant that results in damage, scarring, or breaking of skin or inserting instruments into bodily orifice; 2) using bullhook, ankus, baseball bat, axe handle, pitchfork, or other device designed for fear or pain to train or control an elephant; or 3) brandishing, exhibiting, or displaying any device in #2 in the presence of an elephant


Government Organization - CARRIED INTO 2024

NEW YORK A03545  S05898Prohibits the administration of psychoactive drugs to an animal in a zoo in order to allow another animal to procreate with such animal.

Prohibits using psychoactive drug to animal in zoos for it to procreate with another animal

Environmental Conservation – CARRIED INTO 2024


NEW YORKA07624S06905 Prohibits the use of primates in entertainment acts

Bans primates in any type of entertainment – penalty is civil penalty up to $1000


Agriculture – CARRIED INTO 2024

MASSACHUSETTS H 3785  An Act relative to formalizing the category of endangered species

Creates habitat conservation plan for piping plover

Environment and Natural Resources – Hearing 11/8 – CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII SB518 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

Requires University of Hawaii to develop 5 year plan to grow the aquaculture industry

1st reading – Passed Agriculture and Environment and HRE w/SD 1 2/14 – 2nd reading – WAM – CARRIED INTO 2024

2024 STATE BILLS

The following is a list of bills that have been introduced or will be introduced. This list is not all inclusive.  The bills pertain to the ownership of exotic and wild animals for the 2024 Legislative Session. It is updated as of 1/23/24.

VERMONT H.459 An act relating to prohibiting the trade of kangaroo parts

Bans purchase, sale and possession of parts made wholly or partially from kangaroo

1st reading - Environment and Energy– CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII SB2148 RELATING TO AQUARIUM FISH PERMITS.

Exempts aquaculture research from the aquarium fish requirements

1st reading – Water and Land

HAWAII HB489  SB114 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

Requires department to create assessment and approval process for import and transport of aquatic livestock

HB – 1st reading – Passed Agriculture as amended 2/8 – Passed Economic Development with HD1 2/8 – 2nd reading – CPC – CARRIED INTO 2024


SB - 1st reading – Passed Agriculture 2/3 – 2nd reading – Judiciary – CARRIED INTO 2024

OKLAHOMA HB 2862Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry; cervidae; effective date.

Grants the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry authority over all state policies regarding CWD and cervids

Passed House 3/13 – Senate 1st reading – 2nd reading – Passed Agriculture and Rural Affairs as amended 4/10 – CARRIED INTO 2024

HAWAII SB994 RELATING TO UHU.

Bans take of parrotfish from state waters

1st reading - Water and Land – CARRIED INTO 2024

OKLAHOMA HB 2593Animals; creating the Endangered Ark Foundation Preservation Act; effective date.

Excludes free contact and protected contact with elephants at nonprofit entities from animal cruelty

1st & 2nd reading – Rules – CARRIED INTO 2024

PENNSYLVANIA HB 567 An Act amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in permits relating to wildlife, further providing for definitions.

Changes definition of exotic wildlife to include all nonindigenous animals including those listed but excluding those listed as exempt - also exempts hedgehogs and sugar gliders

Game and Fisheries – CARRIED INTO 2024

PENNSYLVANIA HB 1113 An Act amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in special licenses and permits, further providing for definitions, for exotic wildlife possession permits and for menagerie permits.

  • Requires exotic wildlife dealers to have 5 documented transactions annually; menagerie includes exotic wildlife and 10+ animals with characteristics similar to wild ones
  • Bans issuing new possession permits after 1/1/2023 and only allows issuing wildlife dealer and menagerie permits - possession permits limited to continued possession of wildlife owned on 12/31/22

Game and Fisheries – CARRIED INTO 2024

ILLINOIS HB 0062 ANIMALS-TECH

Amends Herptiles-Herp Act (shell bill)


1st reading – Back to Rules - CARRIED INTO 2024

WVHB 2783To remove primates as a dangerous wild animal

Removes primates from list of animals that the dangerous wild animals list may include


                       Agriculture and Natural Resources - CARRIED INTO 2024

NEW HAMPSHIRE HB 1325 relative to allowing private ownership of small tailed monkeys, raccoons, foxes, otters, skunks, and kangaroos.

Allows keeping foxes, skunks, small tailed monkeys, raccoons, red tailed kangaroos, and otters as companion animals without a permit


Environment and Agriculture

HAWAII SB2299 RELATING TO AQUATIC LIFE.

  • Bans nets with nets or netting with less than 2”
  • Exempts aquarium fish collectors with an aquarium fish permit who uses traps and nets in compliance with the permit
  • Limits non-commercial aquarium collectors to a combined 5 fish or aquatic life specimens per person per day
  • Violations are under 187A-12.5 and 188-70 with a separate offense per violation

1st reading – Water and Land

NEW JERSEY S581 Establishes offense of reckless trespass involving wild animals; establishes penalties; establishes liability for resulting harm to wild animal.

Creates offense of reckless trespassing involving wild animals


Judiciary

MARYLAND HB0345Fish and Wildlife - Endangered and Threatened Species - Definitions, Petitions, and Regulations

  • Requires the Secretary to review the lists of threatened and endangered fish and wildlife by 7/1/26 and every 5 years and update regulations as needed
  • Requires petitions to add or remove species from the lists to include 1) biological distribution in state, 2) life needs and habitat requirements, 3) evidence of decline if unlisted OR that species is more common than believed if listed, 4) known threats, 5) relevant biological and ecological data or life history, 6) evidence of being recognized as a valid species, and 7) documentation that it occurs naturally in the state
  • Defines fish as finfish, crustaceans, mollusks, invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles that spend a majority of their life cycle in water
  • Defines wildlife as mammals, birds, amphibians, mollusks, invertebrates, crustaceans, and reptiles that spend a majority of their life cycle on land

1st reading - Environment and Transportation – Hearing Feb 14 @ 1 pm Room 250

MASSACHUSETTS H 3245An Act relative to the use of elephants, big cats, primates, giraffes, and bears in traveling exhibits and shows

Bans participation of covered animal in traveling animal acts

Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development – Hearing 7/24 – CARIED INTO 2024