MASSACHUSETTS HD 1559An Act relative to wildlife rehabilitators

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

Filed

WAHB 1157SB 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


1st reading - Agriculture and Natural Resources
 1st reading - Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks

HAWAII SB648 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

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

1st reading - Agriculture & Environment

HAWAII SB518 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

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


1st reading - Agriculture & Environment

CONNECTICUT HB05157 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE AND TRADE OF SHARK FINS IN THE STATE. 

Bans sale and trade of shark fins


Joint Environment

2023 STATE BILLS

WASB 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


1st reading - Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks

MASSACHUSETTS SD 1533An 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

Filed

MINNESOTA HF 234SF 612 A bill for an act relating to game and fish; modifying provisions for taking turtles

 Bans renewals of and new turtle seller’s licenses and repeals turtle seller’s license and turtle seller’s apprentice license and removes related take methods and license requirements

HF - Passed Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy as amended 1/26 – Ways & Means

SF - 1st reading - Environment, Climate, and Legacy – Amended – Possibly to be added to omnibus bill


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

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 & Land

MASSACHUSETTS SD 1443An 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

Filed

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

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

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

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

Unknown (shell bill)

PREFILED

KANSAS SB 3 Designating Silvisaurus condrayi as the official state land fossil.

 Names listed dinosaur as official state land fossil


Passed Federal and State Affairs 1/19

UTAH HB 30 Wildlife Resources Code Recodification

Renumbers the code & makes technical and a few other changes


Passed House 1/27 – Senate 1st reading – Passed Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment 2/1

UTAH HB 31 Wildlife Resources Recodification Cross References

Updates cross references and makes a few other minor corrections


Passed House 1/27 – Senate 1st reading– Passed Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment 2/1

OREGON SB 89 Requires State Department of Agriculture to study aquaculture.

Requires Department to study aquaculture and submit a report along with any recommended legislation to interim committees by 9/15/24

1st reading – Natural Resources – Hearing 1/25

MAINE HP 32  An Act to Amend Maine's Endangered and Threatened Species List

  • Updates scientific names
  • Removes box turtle and rapids clubtail from endangered
  • Replaces purple lesser fritillary with arctic fritillary
  • Replaces Frigga fritillary with saga subspecies
  • Adds Ashton's cuckoo bumble bee and saltmarsh sparrow to endangeredAdds Bank swallow, Bicknell's thrush, Blackpoll warbler, Cliff swallow, Margined tiger beetle, tricolored bat to threatened

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Public Hearing 2/6 - Work Session 2/15

HAWAII SB519 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

Creates Aquaculture Advisory Committee


1st reading - Passed Agriculture & Environment as amended 2/3

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

NEW JERSEY S2922Establishes offense of reckless trespass involving wild animals; establishes penalties; establishes liability for resulting harm to wild animal.


Creates new offense of reckless trespass involving wild animal if someone enters cage or enclosure without permission and harasses or is attacked by it


Judiciary - Carried into 2023

HAWAII HB746RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

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

1st reading - Agriculture

HAWAII HB760SB1033 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 - 1st reading - Water & Land

SB - 1st reading – Agriculture & Environment

OREGON HB 2904 Requires institution or research facility that performs research, testing or studies involving nonhuman primates to annually report certain information to State Veterinarian.

Requires research facility or institution that provides research, testing or studies involving nonhuman primates to submit annual report to State Veterinarian

1st reading - Emergency Management, General Government, and Veterans

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

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

HAWAII HB769SB94 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

SB - 1st reading – Passed Water & Land as amended 2/1

CONNECTICUT HB05113 AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE, BARTER OR OFFERING FOR SALE OR BARTER OF DEAD KANGAROOS AND ANY PRODUCT MADE FROM DEAD KANGAROOS. 

Creates Kangaroo Protection Act of 2023 and BANS sale and barter of dead kangaroos and products


Joint Commerce

CONNECTICUT HB05160 AN ACT CONCERNING THE HABITUATION OF BLACK BEARS.

Creates new guidelines involving rehabilitating orphaned bear cubs and yearling bears


Joint Environment

MASSACHUSETTS HD 2321An Act relative to formalizing the category of endangered species

Unknown

Filed - draft being worked on

VAHB 2331Animal care; seizure of animals; ZOOS.

Requires contacting state veterinarian or rep for advice before seizing zoo animals


Passed Agriculture Subcommittee 1/25 – Passed Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources 2/1 – 1st reading

HAWAII HB910SB505 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

SB - 1st reading – Agriculture & Environment - Public decision-making meeting 2/10

MONTANA BDR 2025 Transfer Montana Aquatic Invasive Species Act to DNRC

Transfers authority over aquatic invasive species to DNRC


Drafting

OREGON SB 764 Creates crime of unlawful kangaroo exchange.

Create crime of unlawful kangaroo exchange for those that purchase, receive, sell, transfer or exchange dead kangaroos or products for commercial purposes

1st reading – Judiciary

CONNECTICUT HB05123 AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF CERTAIN ANIMALS IN TRAVELING ANIMAL ACTS. 

Bans participation of covered animal in traveling animal act
except non-mobile permanent institution or other fixed facility - Penalty Class A misdemeanor


Joint Environment

NEW YORK A00584S03302Enacts 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

S - Environmental Conservation - Hearing 2/7

VAHB 2483Elephants; pain-inflicting training tools prohibited, penalty.

Bans use, brandishing, exhibit and display of bullhooks, ankus, baseball bat, ax handle, pitchfork or similar or tool to inflict pain in presence of elephant

Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Agriculture Subcommittee Tabled 1/25

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

PREFILED

HAWAII SB994 RELATING TO UHU.

Bans take of parrotfish from state waters

1st reading - Water & Land

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

PREFILED

HAWAII SB818 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

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

1st reading - Agriculture & Environment

MASSACHUSETTS HD 3142An 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

Filed

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

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 2023 Legislative Session. It is updated as of 2/5/23.

NEW JERSEY S3291"Kangaroo Protection Act of 2022"; prohibits sale or barter, or offering for sale or barter, of dead kangaroos and any products made from kangaroo.


Bans sale and barter of dead kangaroos and products


Environment & Energy - Carried into 2023

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 & Environment

TEXAS  SB 312Relating to the assessment, destruction, disposal, and release of certain deer.

Revises relating to release of breeder deer


FILED

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

HAWAII HB544SB633 Relating to Regulation of Importation.

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

HB - 1st reading - Agriculture

SB - 1st reading – Agriculture & Environment

HAWAII HB489SB114 RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.

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

HB - 1st reading - Agriculture

SB - 1st reading – Passed Agriculture 2/3

MONTANA BDR 230 Generally revise laws related to exotic animal ownership

 Unknown


Drafting

ILLINOIS HB 0062 ANIMALS-TECH

Amends Herptiles-Herp Act (shell bill)


Rules

CONNECTICUT HB05156 AN ACT CONCERNING CAPTIVE CETACEANS IN CONNECTICUT. 

Bans sale, trade, exchange, and breeding of cetaceans AND limits viewing time to 1 hour/day


Joint Environment

NEW MEXICO SB 134NO EXOTIC ANIMALS IN TRAVELING PERFORMANCES

Bans using exotic animals in traveling performance except rodeo, animal rehabilitation program, animal education or conservation program by accredited by local or national authority

Health and Public Affairs – Hearing 2/3

MONTANA BDR 1853 Generally revise aquatic invasive species laws

            Unknown


Drafting

ILLINOIS HB 0933 WILDLIFE-TECH

Amends Endangered Species Protection Act (shell bill)


Rules

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 - Criminal Justice Subcommittee
                     SB - 1st reading & 2nd reading - Judiciary

WAHB 1153Prohibiting octopus farming.

Bans octopus aquaculture in the state


1st reading - Agriculture and Natural Resources 

Public Hearing Feb 8 @ 8 am  HHR B

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

Environmental Conservation

OREGON SB 65 Directs State Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish program to purchase aquaculture products from private aquaculture facilities.

Requires department to establish program to purchase aquaculture products from private aquaculture facilities including using 20% of trout hatchery money to purchase trout from them

1st reading - Natural Resources – Hearing 1/25 –

Public Hearing 2/8 @ 8 am in Room HR B