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Animal related bills in the Washington state legislature 2019-2015

 

IMAGE: Washington State Capitol building in Olympia, Washington (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Washington State Capitol building in Olympia, Washington (© Karen Ducey Photography)

The following list is a guide to upcoming animal related bills currently being heard in Washington state.  Please check the dates and times before heading to Olympia to attend.  Updates can be found by typing in the bill number on the legislature page. All are subject to change.  Links for each bill are provided with this list so you can follow them.  Many can be heard over TVW as they occur and recorded. To find your legislative district in Washington state click here.

 

___________  2019   __________

 

Abuse of animals, community reporting and law enforcement response: HB 1919
Preventing and responding to animal abuse.
 
Airports, using padded body-gripping animal traps, prohibition exemption for: HB 1917
Concerning the use of certain animal traps by airport operators.
Sponsors: Peterson, Dent
 
Animal control officers, carrying firearms: SB 5016
Allowing animal control officers to carry firearms for personal protection.
 
Bear, black, hunting with dogs, prohibitions: HB 1046
Prohibiting hunting with the aid of dogs for certain purposes..
Sponsors: Appleton
 
Cats, selling in pet stores, requirements and alternatives: HB 1640, SB 5209
Concerning retail pet stores.
 
Cats, used for science or research, offering for adoption: SB 5212
Concerning the adoption of dogs and cats used for science or research purposes.
 
Clothing, fluorescent, rule adoption: SB 5148, ESSB 5148
Concerning visible clothing requirements for hunting.
 
Contracts, for cat and dog ownership transfer, when void/unenforceable: HB 1476, SB 5768
Protecting consumers from unfair or deceptive business practices when acquiring a dog or cat through a lease or other contract.
 
Cougar control pilot program, establishing: SB 5100
Concerning a pilot program for cougar control.
Sponsors: Sheldon, Schoesler
 
Cougar, bobcat, or lynx, hunting with dogs, prohibitions: HB 1046
Prohibiting hunting with the aid of dogs for certain purposes.
Sponsors: Appleton
 
Critical habitat, to include habitat for bees/native pollinators: SB 5552
Concerning the protection of native pollinators, including bees.
 
Cruelty, second degree, provisions: HB 1541, HB 1919
Preventing and responding to animal abuse.
 
Cultural access programs, same requirements for all counties: HB 1435, SB 5792
Making statutory requirements and policies for cultural access programs the same in all counties of the state.
 
Damage by wildlife, agricultural, claims for: HB 1875
Concerning wildlife damage to agricultural crops.
Sponsors: Eslick, Dent
 
Damage by wildlife, prevention, nonlethal dog pursuit training to aid: HB 1516, SB 5320
Establishing a department of fish and wildlife directed nonlethal program for the purpose of training dogs.
 
Damage by wildlife, protections against: HB 1045,
Prohibiting the lethal removal of gray wolves. 
Establishing a pilot project to test elk fencing.  SB 5620
Sponsors: Appleton,  Wagoner
 
Deer, whitetail populations in district one of region one: SB 5525
Concerning whitetail deer population estimates.
Sponsors: Short
 
Dogs, assistance, courthouse facility dogs for use by certain witnesses: SB 5551
Concerning courthouse facility dog assistance for testifying witnesses.
 
Dogs, breed-based regulations, prohibitions: HB 1026, SB 5204
Concerning breed-based dog regulations.
 
Dogs, nonlethal pursuit training for hunting certain wildlife: HB 1516, SB 5320
Establishing a department of fish and wildlife directed nonlethal program for the purpose of training dogs.
 
Dogs, hunting certain wildlife with, prohibitions: HB 1046
Prohibiting hunting with the aid of dogs for certain purposes.
Sponsors: Appleton
 
Dogs, police or accelerant detection, harming, class B felony when dog killed: S5614
Harming police animals.
 
Dogs, selling in pet stores, requirements and alternatives: HB 1640, SB 5209
Concerning retail pet stores.
 
Dogs, used for science or research, offering for adoption: SB 5212
Concerning the adoption of dogs and cats used for science or research purposes.
 
Elk, “New Zealand design” elk fencing pilot project: SB 5620
Establishing a pilot project to test elk fencing.
Sponsors: Wagoner
 
Emergency personnel, medical services for animals by: SB 5208
Concerning emergency medical services for animals.
 
Enforcement, property seizure and forfeiture: HB 1269
Concerning seizure and forfeiture procedures and reporting.
Sponsors: Shea, Goodman, McCaslin
 
Fighting, crime of, provisions: HB 1919, HB 1929
Preventing and responding to animal abuse.
 
Licenses, comprehensive changes: HB 1708, SB 5692
Concerning recreational fishing and hunting licenses.
 
Licenses, enhancement programs, revenue from, deposits into accounts: HB 1708, SB 5692
Concerning recreational fishing and hunting licenses.
 
Licenses, fee increase and surcharge: HB 1708, SB 5692
Concerning recreational fishing and hunting licenses.
 
Licenses, new hunt Washington, hunt Washington birds, and sportsperson licenses: HB 1708, SB 5692
Concerning recreational fishing and hunting licenses.
 
Licenses, reduced rate for persons with disabilities: HB 1230
Broadening the eligibility for a reduced recreational hunting and fishing license rate for resident disabled hunters and fishers.
 
Live animals, paramedic training program use of, prohibitions: SB 5211
Prohibiting the use of live animals to practice invasive medical procedures in paramedic training programs.
Sponsors: Palumbo, Rolfes, Hunt, Zeiger
 
Marbled murrelet, long-term conservation strategies: HB 1546, SB 5547
Concerning the proposed department of natural resources’ marbled murrelet long-term conservation strategy.
 
Metropolitan park districts, with zoo or aquarium, commissioner compensation: HB 1092, SB 5036
Concerning the compensation of commissioners of certain metropolitan park districts.
Sponsors: Fey, Jinkins ; Conway, Takko
 
Orcas, southern resident, commercial whale watching regulation: HB 1580, SB 5577
Concerning the protection of southern resident orca whales from vessels.
Sponsors: Blake, Kretz, Kirby, Peterson, Appleton, Shewmake, Morris, Cody, Jinkins ; Rolfes, Frockt, Liias, McCoy, Dhingra, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Saldaña, Wilson, C. ; By Request: Office of the Governor
 
Orcas, southern resident, killer whale task force recommendations: HB 1579, SB 5580
Implementing recommendations of the southern resident killer whale task force related to increasing chinook abundance.
 
Orcas, southern resident, protections and recovery: HB 1579, HB 1580, SB 5577, SB 5580
Concerning the protection of southern resident orca whales from vessels.
Permits, various changes: HB 1708, SB 5692
Concerning recreational fishing and hunting licenses.
 
Pets, low-income veterinary services, certain agencies and humane societies: SB 5004
Allowing animal care and control agencies and nonprofit humane societies to provide additional veterinary services to low-income households.
 
Pets, pet food, scan-down allowances on, B&O taxation purposes: HB 1354, SB 5407
Providing that scan-down allowances on food and beverages intended for human and pet consumption are bona fide discounts for purposes of the business and occupation tax.
 
Pets, rabies immunity, positive antibody titers as proof of: HB 1741
Concerning rabies antibody titers as proof of immunity.
 
Police animals, harming, class B felony when animal killed: SB 5614
Harming police animals.
 
Racing, wagering on, authority and requirements: HB 1992
Concerning sports wagering.
Sponsors: Schmick
 
Right to fish, hunt, and harvest wildlife, not to be infringed, constitutional amendment: SJR 8204
Amending the Constitution to guarantee the right to fish, hunt, and otherwise harvest wildlife.
 
Sea lions, managing through hunting or bounty programs: HJM 4001
Requesting that Congress amend further the marine mammal protection act to allow the use of hunting or bounty programs as tools to effectively manage populations of predatory sea lions.
Sponsors: Walsh, Irwin
 
Sea lions, maximum lethal take to enhance salmon recovery: HB 1824
Addressing the impacts of pinnipeds on populations of threatened southern resident orca prey.
 
Shelters, facilities projects assistance: HB 1007
Concerning dedicated funding for animal shelter capital projects.
Sponsors: Appleton
 
Slaughter for human consumption, prohibiting: HB 1025
Concerning the slaughter of horses and other equines for human consumption.
Sponsors: Appleton
 
Whales, orca, unmanned aerial systems approaching: HB 1341
Concerning the use of unmanned aerial systems near certain protected marine species.
 
Wolves, gray, lethal removal criteria: HB 1639
Ensuring that all Washingtonians share in the benefits of an expanding wolf population.
Sponsors: Kretz, Dent, Eslick
 
Wolves, gray, translocation to Bainbridge Island sanctuary: HB 1639
Ensuring that all Washingtonians share in the benefits of an expanding wolf population.
Sponsors: Kretz, Dent, Eslick
 
Wolves, gray, nonlethal removal or relocation, requiring: HB 1045
Prohibiting the lethal removal of gray wolves.
Sponsors: Appleton
 
Zoological facilities, B&O tax deduction: HB 1323
Creating a business and occupation tax deduction for certain amounts received by zoological facilities.

 

___________  2018   ___________

 

Abuse of animals, offender registry, registration requirements: SB 5804
Concerning the creation of an animal abuse registry
Sponsors: Fain, Palumbo, Bailey, Billig
 
Care and control agencies, veterinary services for pets in low-income households: SB 6196
Allowing animal care and control agencies and nonprofit humane societies to provide additional veterinary services to low-income households.
 
Cats, selling in retail pet stores, requirements: SB 6623
Concerning retail pet stores.
 
Cats, used by research facilities, offering to rescue organizations, when: SB 6624
Concerning adoption of dogs and cats used for science or research purposes.
 
Cruelty, in first degree, involving sexual conduct or contact: SB 6076
Concerning animal cruelty in the first degree.
 
Dog guides, persons with disabilities using, discrimination against, civil actions: HB 2996
Concerning civil actions alleging violation of the right to be free from discrimination because of the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.
 
Dog guides, trained or in training, crimes involving interfering with: * HB 1676, CH 170 (2017)
Concerning crimes involving a dog guide or service animal.
 
Dog guides, training in public, authority when person with disability: HB 1699
Authorizing a person to take a dog to any place of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, or amusement for the purpose of training the dog as a dog guide or service animal.
 
Dogs, breed-based regulations, prohibiting, when: HB 1090, SB 5094, SSB 5094.
Preventing breed-based dog regulations.
Sponsors: Palumbo, Fain, Wilson
 
Dogs, dangerous, to include wolf-dog hybrids, identification and removal: HB 2247, SB 6383
Regarding dangerous dogs.
 
Dogs, misrepresenting as service animals, civil infraction: HB 2822, * SHB 2822, CH 176 (2018)
Concerning service animals.
 
Dogs, police dogs and accelerant detection dogs, harming, class B felony, when: SB 5771
Concerning harming a police dog, accelerant detection dog, or police horse.
Sponsors: Rivers, Wilson
 
Dogs, selling in retail pet stores, requirements: SB 6623
Concerning retail pet stores.
Sponsors: Palumbo, Pedersen, Rolfes
 
Dogs, unlawful tethering and inhumane treatment: SB 5356, * SSB 5356, CH 65 (2017), SB 5424
Creating the unlawful dog tethering act.
Sponsors: Chase, Rolfes
 
Dogs, used by research facilities, offering to rescue organizations, when: SB 6624
Concerning adoption of dogs and cats used for science or research purposes.
Sponsors: Palumbo, Rolfes
 
Elephants, in traveling animal act performances, prohibiting participation: HB 2088, SB 6154
Concerning the unlawful use of an elephant in a traveling animal act.
 
Horse teeth floating, by horse floaters, registration with effective licensing port: HB 1361
Creating the Washington effective licensing port and eliminating various occupational licensure and certification requirements.
Sponsors: Manweller
 
Horses, miniature, misrepresenting as service animals, civil infraction: * SHB 2822, CH 176 (2018)
Concerning service animals.
 

Humane societies, veterinary services for pets in low-income households: SB 6196

Allowing animal care and control agencies and nonprofit humane societies to provide additional veterinary services to low-income households.
 
Live animals, practicing invasive medical procedures using, prohibiting, when: SB 6621
Prohibiting the use of live animals to practice invasive medical procedures in human health care medical training programs.
Sponsors: Palumbo, Rolfes
 
Massage, registration with effective licensing port: HB 1361
Creating the Washington effective licensing port and eliminating various occupational licensure and certification requirements.
Sponsors: Manweller
 
Motor vehicle, entering to assist animal, liability immunity, when: HB 1118
Concerning immunity from civil liability for damage or injury that results from the entry of a vehicle to render assistance.
 
Pet adoption fees, taxation of, removing “animal rescue organization” from “sale”: SB 5063, SSB 5063, SB 5358, * SSB 5358, CH 323 (2017)
Improving tax and licensing laws administered by the department of revenue, but not including changes to tax laws that are estimated to affect state or local tax collections as reflected in any fiscal note prepared and approved under the process established in chapter 43.88A RCW.
Sponsors: Schoesler, Ranker
 
Pets, in low-income households, additional veterinary services for: SB 6196
Allowing animal care and control agencies and nonprofit humane societies to provide additional veterinary services to low-income households.
 
Pets, predation by wolves, certain prevention information, disclosure exemption: HB 1465, * ESHB 1465, CH 246 (2017)
Exempting from public disclosure certain information regarding reports on wolf depredations.
Sponsors: Short, Lytton, Kretz, Koster, Schmick, Fitzgibbon
 
Pets, retail pet stores, selling cat or dog in, requirements: SB 6623
Concerning retail pet stores.
Sponsors: Palumbo, Pedersen, Rolfes
 
Research facilities, cats and/or dogs used by, offering to rescue organizations: SB 6624
Concerning adoption of dogs and cats used for science or research purposes.
Sponsors: Palumbo, Rolfes
 
Service animal issues, work group on, convening: HB 2032
Creating a work group on service animal issues.
Sponsors: McBride, Jinkins, Ormsby
 
Service animal, definition: HB 2822, * SHB 2822, CH 176 (2018)
Concerning service animals.
 
Service animals, misrepresenting animals as, civil infraction: * SHB 2822, CH 176 (2018)
Concerning service animals.
 
Service animals, misrepresenting dogs as, civil infraction: HB 2822
Concerning service animals.
 
Service animals, persons with disabilities using, discrimination against, civil actions: HB 2996
Concerning civil actions alleging violation of the right to be free from discrimination because of the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.
 
Service animals, trained or in training, crimes involving interfering with: * HB 1676, CH 170 (2017)
Concerning crimes involving a dog guide or service animal.
 
Service animals, training in public, authority when person with disability: HB 1699
Authorizing a person to take a dog to any place of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, or amusement for the purpose of training the dog as a dog guide or service animal.
 
Sexual conduct toward or contact with, animal cruelty in first degree: SB 6076
Concerning animal cruelty in the first degree.
 
Shelters, facilities for, competitive process for project assistance: HB 2965
Concerning dedicated funding for animal shelter capital projects.
Sponsors: Appleton, Peterson
 
Spaying, of cats and dogs, recognizing World spay day: * HR 4620 (2017)
Recognizing World Spay Day.
Sponsors: Stanford
 
 
 
 

___________  2017   ___________

Limiting Dog Breed Discrimination. HB 1090, SB 5094

Prohibits a city or county from prohibiting the possession of a dog based upon its breed, imposing requirements specific to possession of a dog based upon its breed, or declaring a dog dangerous or potentially dangerous based upon its breed unless certain conditions are met.

 

 

Antifreeze Safety Bill. HB 1095.

Changes requirements for wholesale containers of fifty- five gallons or more of engine coolant or antifreeze.

 

Preventing slaughter of horses for human consumption. HB 1110

Prohibits a person from: (1) Slaughtering a horse if the person knows or should know that the meat from the slaughtered animal is intended to be used for human consumption; and
(2) Possessing, purchasing, bartering, selling, or transporting horses if the person knows or should know that the horse or its meat will be used for human consumption.

 

Immunity for Rendering Assistance to People and Pets in Vehicles. HB 1118

Provides a person with immunity from civil liability for any damage or injury that results from his or her entry into a vehicle for the purpose of rendering assistance to an animal, minor, or vulnerable adult present in the vehicle.

 

Creating a business and occupation tax deduction for certain amounts received by zoological facilities. HB 1311.

Authorizes a business and occupation tax deduction on certain amounts received: (1) By a zoological facility, which represents income derived from business activities conducted
by the facility; or (2) From the United States or any instrumentality thereof or from this state or any municipal corporation or subdivision thereof as compensation for, or to support, zoological exhibitions, presentations, performances, or education programs provided by a zoological facility.

 

Creating a preferred alternative for the placement, sale, and public notice of impounded livestock. HB 1315.

Addresses the placement, sale, and public notice of impounded horses, mules, donkeys, and cattle running at large or trespassing.

 

Exempting Records Related to Wolves and Their Management from Public Disclosure. HB 1465

Exempts the following from public disclosure under the public records act: (1) Private information regarding damage prevention cooperative agreements and nonlethal preventative measures deployed to minimize wolf interactions with pets and
livestock; and (2) Information regarding a reported depredation by
wolves on pets or livestock.
Sponsors: Short, Lytton, Kretz, Koster, Schmick, Fitzgibbon
 
 
Revises the definitions of “dog guide” and “service animal” to include a dog that is in training for the purpose of assisting certain people. HB 1676
 
 
Authorizes a person to take certain dogs to a place of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, or amusement for training of the dog as a dog guide or service animal. HB 1699

 

Providing for the partial delisting of the gray wolf by the fish and wildlife commission. HB 1872

Prohibits the fish and wildlife commission from designating or maintaining a designation for the gray wolf as an endangered, threatened, or sensitive species in a county east of the crest of the Cascade mountains that shares a border with Canada.
Sponsors: Kretz, Blake, Short, Kraft, Haler, Shea

Dogs, unlawful tethering and inhumane treatmentSB 5356, SB 5424

Provisions for the legal perpetual tethering of an animal (dog chaining)

Sponsors: Fain, Palumbo, Miloscia, Frockt, Bailey, Rolfes, Angel, Keiser, Conway, Pedersen, Wilson

 

Horse teeth floating, by horse floaters, registration with effective licensing port: HB 1361
Creates a Washington effective licensing port and eliminates certain occupational licensure and certification requirements. Requires the department of licensing to create the
comprehensive and user-friendly web site for public comment on and review of all individuals working in one or more of the following occupations:
(1) Animal massage;
(2) Auctioneer;
(3) Boxing announcer;
(4) Food fish or game fishing guide, or both;
(5) Landscape architect;
(6) Manicurist; and
(7) Horse floater.
Sponsors: Manweller

 

Clarifying the taxation of pet adoption fees. SB 5063, SB 5358

Modifies business and occupation taxation provisions with regard to pet adoption fees.
Sponsors: Fain, Palumbo

 

Concerning harming a police dog, accelerant detection dog, or police horse. SB 5771.

Makes harming a police dog, accelerant detection dog, or police horse a class B felony if the person kills the dog or horse.
Sponsors: Rivers, Wilson

Animal Abuser Registry. SB 5804.

Requires the Washington state patrol to maintain a registry of persons convicted of an animal abuse offense and make the registry available for inquiry to certain people and organizations, not the public. This includes:
(1) Law enforcement entities within the state including animal control agencies;
(2) Veterinarians licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state;
(3) Humane societies, animal shelters, animal-welfare organizations, and groups involved in companion animal adoption programs; and
(4) Animal breeders and retail operators that sell pets. Requires an animal abuser to notify the Washington state patrol when he or she changes residence.
Sponsors: Fain, Palumbo, Bailey, Billig

 

___________  2016   ___________

 

Animal forfeiture in animal cruelty cases. HB2644
Animals can languish in shelters for months or years waiting for court cases to resolve. This law would allow them to be placed in foster homes. It also gives sweeping rights to animal control officers to sieze animals.
Sponsors: Representatives: Blake, Muri, Van De Wege, Jinkins, Kretz, Short, Fitzgibbon, Rossetti, McBride
Modifies animal cruelty provisions regarding: (1) Timelines for euthanization; (2) Petitioning the district court for an animal’s return; and (3) The authority of a law enforcement officer, animal control officer, custodial agency, or court to remove, adopt, euthanize, or require forfeiture of an animal.
PASSED! HOUSE  Feb. 5, 2016 unanimously 97-0. how your legislator voted
PASSED! SENATE  March 4, 2016. 48 yeas, 1 absent. 0 nays. how your legislator voted

Creating an animal abuse registry SB6234
Sponsors: Senators Fain, Rolfes, Sheldon, Pedersen, Hill, Nelson, Becker, Litzow, Keiser, Liias, Conway, McAuliffe, Mullet, Chase
Jan 13 First reading, referred to Law & Justice.

Attack by aggressive and violent animal, right of self-defense against: HB 1474
Sponsors: Representatives Taylor, G. Hunt, Young, Scott, Shea, Van De Wege
Jan 11: By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

Preventing breed-based dog regulations. HB 1018
Sponsors: Representatives Appleton, Gregerson, Reykdal, Goodman, Buys
Jan 11 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status

Dogs, unlawful dog tethering act, restraint restrictions  SB 5812
Sponsors: Senators Chase, Nelson, Kohl-Welles, Frockt, Conway
Jan 11 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

Concerning antifreeze products. HB1014
Sponsors: Representative Appleton
This received a public hearing in 2015 and passed after its third reading in the Rules committee on March 2, 96 yeas to 1 nay and 1 excused. But it stalled in the Senate and was sent back to the House where it sat this year.  How your legislator voted in 2015

Spurring agricultural innovations. HB1670
Research and innovations, animal science, life sciences discovery fund authority mission to include. This bill was first introduced in 2015.
Sponsors: Representatives Walkinshaw, Schmick, Blake, Fagan, Pettigrew, Lytton, Tharinger
 Jan 11: By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status. Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Referred to Technology & Economic Development.

Prohibit horse slaughter for human consumption. HB2327
Sponsors: Representatives Appleton, Kuderer, McCabe, Bergquist, Stanford, Pollet, Moscoso
Prohibits a person from: (1) Slaughtering a horse if the person knows or should know that the meat from the slaughtered animal is intended to be used for human consumption; and (2) Possessing, purchasing, bartering, selling, or transporting horses or horse meat if the person knows or should know that the horse or its meat will be used for human consumption.
Jan. 11. First reading, referred to Judiciary (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report)

Providing that the horse racing commission operating account is a nonappropriated account. HB 2320 SB 6285
Sponsors: Representatives Stokesbary, Hurst, Peterson, Caldier, Schmick, Stambaugh, Wilcox
Jan. 11 First reading, referred to Commerce & Gaming (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
Jan. 12 Public hearing in the House Committee on Commerce & Gaming at 1:30 PM
Jan. 18 Executive action taken in the House Committee on Commerce & Gaming at 1:30 PM. COG – Majority; do pass
Jan. 21 Referred to Appropriations

Recognizing the national day of the cowboy as state legal holiday. SB 5540
Sponsors: Senators Brown, Becker, Schoesler, Braun, Bailey, Warnick, Dammeier, Parlette, Conway
Jan. 11 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Jan. 19 Moved to Rules White Sheet.

Addressing certain damage caused by wildlife. SB 5712
Sponsors: Senator Pearson
Prohibits the department of fish and wildlife from taking any wildlife management action that is likely to result in the increase of a species in an area of the state where that species has caused damage to commercial crops or livestock until the fish and wildlife commission makes a finding that certain conditions have been met.  Jan. 11 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

Requiring the department of fish and wildlife to manage wolf-related wildlife interactions using lethal means upon certain conditions: HB 1791, SB 5963
Sponsors: Senators Dansel, Warnick, Representatives Kretz, Blake, Short, Condotta
Jan 11. By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

Addresses the placement and sale of impounded livestock. HB 2500
Sponsors: Representatives Caldier, Blake, Young, Dent, Wilson
Jan. 14 First reading, referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report)
Jan. 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM.
Feb. 4  Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)

Concerning the baiting of black bears: HB 1838,SHB 1838
Authorizes the department of fish and wildlife, when necessary to avoid a wildlife interaction with black bear, to issue a bait station permit to the owner of real property that allows the owner to kill black bear with the aid of a bait station.
Sponsors: Representative MacEwen,Jan. 11 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status

Modifying provisions of the code that deal with migratory birds. SB 5380, SSB 5380
Addresses migratory bird license validation, stamps, and permits.Sponsor: Senator Pearson
Jan. 11 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

Pet adoption fees, for animal rescue organization ownership transfer, removing from “sale” definition: SB 6438, SSB 6438
Addresses the department of revenue’s administration of tax and licensing laws regarding pet adoption fees, among other non-animal-related issues.

Hound hunting of cougars. SB 5940

Sponsors: Senators Dansel, Benton
Requires the department of fish and wildlife, in cooperation and collaboration with the county legislative authorities of Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Chelan, Okanogan, and Klickitat counties, to recommend rules to establish a five-year pilot program within select game management units of these counties, to pursue or kill cougars with the aid of dogs. Authorizes a county legislative authority to request inclusion in the pilot project after taking certain actions.

It received a public hearing in 2015 but never got a second reading in the Rules committee in either 2015 or 2016.

Modifying the powers and duties of the Washington dairy products commission to include research and education related to the economic uses of nutrients produced by dairy farms SB 6343, HB2634
Jan 18 First reading, referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
Jan 28 Public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM
Feb 4 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)

___________  2015   ___________

Attack by aggressive and violent animal, right of self-defense against: HB 1474
Sponsors: Representatives Taylor, G. Hunt, Young, Scott, Shea, Van De Wege
Prohibits placing a person in legal jeopardy for protecting by any reasonable means necessary, himself or herself, his or her family, or his or her real or personal property, or for coming to the aid of another who is in imminent danger of or the victim of an attack by an aggressive, violent animal.

Cruelty to animals, modifying provisions: SB 5501
Sponsors: Senators Fain, Frockt, Kohl-Welles, Chase  Revises animal cruelty provisions.
Feb. 3 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 8:00 AM. (Subject to change)
Feb. 12 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 8:00 AM.
LAW – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
Feb. 13 Passed to Rules Committee for second reading

Dogs, breed-based regulations, prohibiting, when: HB 1018
Sponsors: Representatives Appleton, Gregerson, Reykdal, Goodman, Buys
Prohibits the breed of a dog from being considered when declaring a dog dangerous or potentially dangerous.
Prohibits a local jurisdiction from prohibiting possession of a particular breed of dog or declaring a breed of dog to be dangerous or potentially dangerous.

Unattended confined animals, class 2 civil infraction, when: SB 5501
Sponsors: Senators Fain, Frockt, Kohl-Welles, Chase
Revises animal cruelty provisions.
Feb. 3  Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 8:00 AM. (Subject to change)

Wildlife

Birds, migratory, annual stamp design, provisions: SB 5380
Sponsors: Senator Pearson
Addresses migratory bird license validation, stamps, and permits.
Jan. 28  Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks at 2:00 PM.

Birds, migratory, sale of hunting permits to fund nonwaterfowl migratory bird projects: SB 5380
Sponsors: Senator Pearson
Addresses migratory bird license validation, stamps, and permits.
Jan. 28  Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks at 2:00 PM

Whales, dolphins, and porpoises – Concerning cetacean captivity: SB 5666
Sponsors: Senators Ranker, Rolfes
Creates the crime of unlawful cetacean captivity.
Feb. 5  Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)
Feb. 18  Companion bill HB2115 Scheduled for public hearing in the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 8:00 AM. Sponsors Representatives Blake, Sawyer, Stanford, S. Hunt

Endangered species recovery, changing listing status on regional basis: HB 1225
Sponsors: Representatives Kretz, Blake, Short, Wilcox, Scott, Buys
Requires the fish and wildlife commission, if it has listed a species statewide as endangered, threatened, or sensitive in this state, to consider any petitions for removing a species from classification or changing the classification of the species, on a regional basis.
Feb. 5  Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)

Concerning Zoo and Aquariums – Ensuring that entities performing government functions and advisory committees are subject to the open public meetings act and public records act: HB 1425
Sponsors: Representatives Pollet, Kretz, S. Hunt, Appleton, Bergquist, Holy, Tarleton, Hargrove, Kochmar
Concerning contracts for Zoo and Aquarium Management
Feb. 5  Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM
Feb. 18 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government at 8:00 AM.

Ivory, elephant or mammoth, lawful sales and unlawful trafficking: HB 1131, SB 5241
Sponsors: Representatives Pettigrew, Buys, Fitzgibbon, Appleton, Gregerson, S. Hunt, Stanford, Walkinshaw, Muri, Goodman Senators Litzow, Hatfield, Fain, Rolfes, Pedersen
Prohibits the sale, offering to sell, purchasing, trading, trafficking, bartering for, or distribution of any ivory article or rhinoceros horn.   Expands the crime of unlawful trafficking in fish, shellfish, or wildlife in the second degree.
Jan. 20 Public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM.
Jan 27 Public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM
Jan. 28 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks at 2:00 PM
Feb 3  Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)
FEb. 10 Public hearing in the House Committee on General Government & Information Technology at 3:30 PM

Mammals, terrestrial, listing status for species, changes to: HB 1199
Sponsors: Representatives Short, Blake, Kretz, Wilcox, Schmick, Buys
Requires the fish and wildlife commission, if it has listed a terrestrial mammal species statewide as endangered, threatened, or sensitive in this state, to consider any petitions for removing a species from classification on a regional basis.
Feb. 5  Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)

Rhinoceros horn, lawful sales and unlawful trafficking: HB 1131, SB 5241
Sponsors: Representatives Pettigrew, Buys, Fitzgibbon, Appleton, Gregerson, S. Hunt, Stanford, Walkinshaw, Muri, Goodman Senators Litzow, Hatfield, Fain, Rolfes, Pedersen
Prohibits the sale, offering to sell, purchasing, trading, trafficking, bartering for, or distribution of any ivory article or rhinoceros horn.  Expands the crime of unlawful trafficking in fish, shellfish, or wildlife in the second degree.Jan. 20 Public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM.
Jan 27 Public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM
Jan. 28 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks at 2:00 PM
Feb 3  Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)

Species status, listing of, changing: HB 1225
Sponsors: Representatives Kretz, Blake, Short, Wilcox, Scott, Buys
Requires the fish and wildlife commission, if it has listed a species statewide as endangered, threatened, or sensitive in this state, to consider any petitions for removing a species from classification or changing the classification of the species, on a regional basis.
Feb. 5  Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM (subject to change)

State wildlife account, depositing certain new commercial licensing fees: HB 1563
Sponsors: Representatives Blake, Van De Wege, Tharinger, Moscoso
Increases revenue to the state wildlife account.

Wildlife college student loan program, establishing: SB 5318
Sponsors: Senators Parlette, Bailey, Kohl-Welles
Creates the wildlife college student loan program which will be administered by the student achievement council to make awards to the extent funds have been appropriated. Creates the wildlife college student loan match account. Expires June 30, 2025.

Wolves, gray wolf conservation and management plan, requesting revisiting of: HJM 4002
Sponsors: Representatives Kretz, Short
Requests the fish and wildlife commission to revisit the gray wolf conservation and management plan.

Wolves, recovery of, pilot project to explore active options: HB 1224
Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) (
Requires the department of fish and wildlife to conduct a pilot project to explore active wolf recovery options as an alternative to passive population dispersal.
Exempts the intrastate translocation of wolves by the department of fish and wildlife from environmental impact statement requirements when conducted for the purposes of recovering wolf populations. Expires June 30, 2019.
Feb. 5  Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)

Hunting
Age requirements for hunting, modifying: HB 1119
Sponsors: Representatives Blake, Buys, Gregerson, Van Werven
Ensures hunter safety by focusing on the actual person hunting and not the sporting equipment used by the hunter including, but not limited to, establishing the age of fourteen as the minimum age to participate in unaccompanied hunting.
Jan. 20 Public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM

Birds, migratory, annual stamp design, provisions: SB 5380
Sponsors: Senator Pearson
Addresses migratory bird license validation, stamps, and permits.
Jan. 28  Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks at 2:00 PM.

Birds, migratory, sale of hunting permits to fund nonwaterfowl migratory bird projects: SB 5380
Sponsors: Senator Pearson
Addresses migratory bird license validation, stamps, and permits.
Jan. 28  Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks at 2:00 PM

Education program and training course, including safe firearms handling: HB 1119
Sponsors: Representatives Blake, Buys, Gregerson, Van Werven
Ensures hunter safety by focusing on the actual person hunting and not the sporting equipment used by the hunter including, but not limited to, establishing the age of fourteen as the minimum age to participate in unaccompanied hunting.
Jan. 20  Public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM.

Licenses, for national guard members at no cost, when: HB 1351
Sponsors: Representatives Blake, Harris, DeBolt, Stanford
Provides free small game hunting licenses, supplemental migratory bird permits, and big game hunting licenses to national guard members.
Jan. 27 Public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM
Feb. 3 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM

Private land, encouraging hunting access while mitigating impacts: HB 1033
Requires the department of fish and wildlife to use money made available to it under section 2(7) of this act to fund a program designed to assist private landowners in mitigating the damages and expenses incurred due to allowing public access to their lands for hunting.

State parks, hunting in certain parks, authorizing: HB 1346
Sponsors: Representatives Blake, Takko, Sawyer, Appleton, Buys
Authorizes the parks and recreation commission to expressly authorize hunting in specific state parks or specific portions of state parks as long as all hunting activities are conducted consistent with the fish and wildlife code.
Jan. 26 Public hearing in the House Committee on Environment at 1:30 PM

Tribal hunters, limiting enforcement against, when: HB 1261
Sponsors: Representatives Sawyer, Appleton, Stanford, Pollet
Exempts tribal hunters from certain enforcement actions under the fish and wildlife enforcement code.
Jan. 26 Public hearing in the House Committee on Community Development and Housing & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM
Feb. 2 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Community Development and Housing & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)

Concerning the baiting of black bears: HB 1838
Sponsors:
Representative MacEwen
Amendments and a new section permitting the baiting of black bears to be shot for hunting purposes, scientific purposes or to protect livestock, private property, domestic animals or public safety; including the use of hunting dogs when also hunting cougar, bobcat, or lynx.
Jan 30 First reading, referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report). (View Original Bill)
Feb 10 Public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM. (Committee Materials)
Feb 17  Executive action taken in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM. (Committee Materials

AGNR – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass. (View 1st Substitute) (Majority Report)
Minority; do not pass.
Minority; without recommendation.
Feb. 18  Referred to Rules 2 Review.

Concerning a pilot program for cougar control: SB5940
Sponsors: Senators Dansel, Benton
A five-year pilot program in Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Chelan, Okanogan, and Klickitat counties to allow the pursuit or hunting of cougars with dogs.
Feb 12 First reading, referred to Natural Resources & Parks

Feb 18 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks at 1:30 PM
Feb 19 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks at 1:30
Feb 20 NRP – Majority; do pass.
Minority; without recommendation.
Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Mar 6 Placed on second reading by Rules Committee