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2017 animal related bills in the Washington state legislature

 

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.

___________  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)

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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