2020 State LEGISLATION

CARRIED INTO 2021 LEGISLATION

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The following is a list of state bills and rules 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 2020 Legislative Session. It is updated as of April 11, 2020.

NEWLY PASSED LEGISLATION


New Mexico SB 75 Wildlife Trafficking Act
     Signed into law 3/9/2020 – Chapter 77


Maine SP 705 An Act Regarding Permits To Possess Wildlife in Captivity

     Signed into law 3/18/20 – Chapter 652


Virginia SB 1030 Dangerous captive animal exhibits; penalty.

    Signed into law 4/4/20 - Chapter 632












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FAILED 2020 LEGISLATION


STATE
BILL
TITLE
CA
AB 1040
Protection of cetaceans: unlawful activities.
CA
AB 527
Importation, possession, or sale of endangered wildlife.
FL

HB 1415

SB 906

Prohibited Reptiles
ID
H0471 
Captive wildlife, exceptions
ID
H0527
Captive wildlife
IN
HB 1200
Exotic or dangerous wild animals
MS
SB 2002

Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act; enact.
VA
HB 1416
Animal care; zoos and petting zoos; seizure of animals.
WA
HB 2824
Prohibiting the participation of animals in traveling animal acts.
WV
HB 4767
Establishing a system for issuing permits for persons to provide rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured wildlife




























PENDING LEGISLATION

Many bills introduced this year ban wild and exotic animals from traveling animal acts.


CORONA VIRUS IMPACT ON

STATE LEGISLATURES:


AL – In Session (reconvened May 4)

AK – Recessed until end of May   

AZ – Senate passed a resolution to adjourn; House still wants to meet

CA – In session (after long recess)

CO – recessed until May 26

CT – Adjourned session; special session likely

DE – Postponed until further notice

GA – Recessed until Jun 11

HI – In Session (reconvened May 11)

IL – Recessed until May 20

IA – Recessed until Jun 3

KS – Recessed until May 21 

LA – In Session (reconvened May 4), adjourns Jun 1

MA – remote sessions

MI – in session

MN – in session (reconvened May 7 - adjourns Jul 12)

MS – In Session (reconvened May 7)

MO – floor ended; adjourns May 30

NE – Recessed indefinitely

NH – Recessed until further notice

NJ – In Session – using remote sessions

NY – in session

NC – In Session

OH – In Session (reconvened May 4, 5)

OK – In Session (reconvened May 4); Adjourns May 29

PA – Holding remote sessions

RI – Recessed until May 25

SC – Met briefly May 12, returns in Sep; session allowed to continue to Nov 8

TN – Recessed until Jun 1

VT – in session

WI – adjourned


State
Bill
Title
Status
AL
SB 179
Animals, required rabies vaccines for certain canidae and felidae, further provided for, possession of certain large felidae, wolves, or bears, prohibited under certain conditions, penalties, Secs. 3-8-1 am'd; Sec. 3-8-2 added.

1st reading

– Tourism

– Hearing 2/18

AK
HB 280
INVASIVE SPECIES IN STATE WATER; COUNCIL

1st reading

– Resources

– Hearings CANCELLED

CO
SB20-125
Prohibit Exotic Animals In Traveling Performances

Passed Senate as amended 2/26

– House Energy & Environment

– Hearing 3/16 - CANCELLED

CT
HB05104
AN ACT PROHIBITING THE IMPORT, SALE AND POSSESSION OF AFRICAN ELEPHANTS, LIONS, LEOPARDS, BLACK RHINOCEROS, WHITE RHINOCEROS AND GIRAFFES.
Passed Joint Environment 2/28
CT
SB 413
AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF EXOTIC OR WILD ANIMALS IN TRAVELING ANIMAL ACTS.

Joint Environment

– Hearing 3/16

FL

HB 777

S 1414

Fish and Wildlife Activities
TABLED


- Passed Senate as substituted 3/5

– Passed House 3/11

HI
HB 617
Relating to Wild Animals

1st reading – Agriculture

– CARRIED OVER

HI
HB 1847
DLNR; Herbivorous Fish; Protection; Rulemaking

Passed House w/ HD-1 2/28

– Senate 1st reading

- Water and Land

– Hearing 3/18 - CANCELLED

HI
SB 716
Relating to Wild Animals

Agriculture - DEFERRED

– CARRIED OVER

HI
SB 931
Marine Aquarium Fishing

-Passed Senate 3/5

– House 1st reading - WLH

– CARRIED OVER

IL
HB 2554
CRIM CD-TRAVELING ANIMAL ACT 

- Rules

- TABLED

IL
HB 3265
DNR-HERPTILES-VARIOUS

Passed House w/ Amendment 1 4/10

– Senate 1st reading – Assignments

– CARRIED OVER

IL
SB 154
CRIM CD-TRAVELING ANIMALS

1st reading

– Do Pass Agriculture 2/21

– ASSIGNMENTS

– CARRIED OVER

IL
SB2546
CRIM CD-TRAVELING ANIMALS

1st reading

- Agriculture

POSTPONED 2/27

IL
SB3319
ANIMALS-HERPTILES-DEFINITIONS

1st reading
- Passed Agriculture 2/27

– 2nd reading

KS
HB 2397
Amending the definition of dangerous regulated animal and restricting proximity of such animals to members of the public. 

Federal & State Affairs

– CARRIED OVER

MA
H 2934
An Act relative to the use of elephants, big cats, primates, and bears in traveling exhibits and shows           

-Passed Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development 11/27

– Ways & Means

MA
S 1028
An Act relative to the use of elephants, big cats, primates, and bears in traveling exhibits and shows  

-Passed Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development 12/5

– Ways & Means

MI
HB 4594
Crimes; animals; ownership, possession, breeding, sale, and importing of nonhuman primates; prohibit with certain exceptions and provide penalty.

-1st reading

- Agriculture

MI
HB 4860
Animals; exotic; applicability of certain provisions of the large carnivore act based on residency; modify.

1st reading

– Passed Agriculture 1/15

– Ways & Means

MN

H. F. 3657

SF 3842

…providing for special-use permits; providing for regulation of possessing, propagating, and selling snakes, lizards, and salamanders;…

1st reading

- Passed Environment and Natural Resources Policy 3/9

– Passed Government Operations 3/10

- Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division


1st reading

– Passed Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance 3/11

- Do Pass State Government Finance and Policy and Elections 3/12

3/12 – 2nd reading

NC
HB 577
Limit Ownership of Certain Animals.

-Passed House w amendment A1 & A2 5/2

-Senate 1st reading

-Rules and Operations of the Senate

NC
HB 778
  Prot. Public Dangrs. Animls/End Animl Cruelty. 

-1st reading

-Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

NC
S 357
Limit Ownership of Certain Animals. 
1st reading – Rules & Operations of Senate
NY
A 839
Relates to prohibitions on circus performances 

Economic Development

– CARRIED OVER

NY

A 912

S 4289

Relates to prohibiting the taking of zoo, petting zoo, carnival or circus animals

Environmental Conservation

– CARRIED OVER

NY
A 1486
Relates 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
Environmental Conservation – CARRIED OVER
NY
A 3673 S5408
Relates to prohibiting the issuance of permits authorizing the use of wild animals in circuses

Passed Environmental Conservation 5/29 – CARRIED OVER


Passed Senate 6/11

– House Environmental Conservation

– CARRIED OVER

NY
S 438
Prohibits 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

Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

– CARRIED OVER

OK
HB 3604
Wildlife; creating the Dangerous Wild Animals in Captivity Act; effective date

1st & 2nd reading

- Wildlife

PA
HB 996
An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in offenses against public order and decency, further providing for the offense of transporting animals in cruel manner.
Agriculture & Rural Affairs
PA
HB 2347
An Act amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in permits relating to wildlife, further providing for definitions.
Game and Fisheries
SC
H 4007
RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION ON THE IMPORTATION OF WILDLIFE FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES, SO AS TO PROHIBIT A PERSON FROM TRANSPORTING CERTAIN TYPES OF WILDLIFE FOR ANY PURPOSE

1st reading

- Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs

– CARRIED OVER

SC
H 4831
SO AS TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THIS STATE'S NATIVE REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN SPECIES...

Passed House 2/6

– Senate 1st reading

- Passed Fish, Game and Forestry as amended 3/12

SC
S 381
RELATING TO THE PURCHASE AND RELEASE OF A COYOTE OR FOX, SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE PURCHASE, SALE, TRANSFER, POSSESSION, OR RELEASE OF A COYOTE OR A COYOTE-HYBRID

1st reading

- Fish, Game and Forestry

– CARRIED OVER

SC
S 885
Relating to Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Species...
Fish, Game and Forestry – Hearing 1/16