Legislative Watch

Results from the 2014 Legislative Session

The 2013-2014 biennial session resumed on January 14, 2014 and is scheduled to end on March 14, 2014. The cut-off for bills to move forward has passed, and the animal welfare bills that PAWS was focusing on did not move forward.

While this was disappointing, PAWS will continue to work with our colleagues and legislators to improve the laws that protect animals and create more humane communities. Prior to the 2015 legislative session, PAWS will be helping to refine the bills and enhance bi-partisan support to improve their chances for success next year.

We thank you for being a part of this process, and encourage you to revisit this page prior to the start of the 2015 session for news and information on how you can be a part of this important solution to making Washington a better place for animals and the people who love them!

The main bills PAWS supported in 2014:

The Spay/Neuter Assistance Bill – SB 5202 and HB 1229: The goal of the bill was to help fund spay/neuter surgeries on cats and dogs belonging to low-income residents of our state, and on feral and free-roaming cats. The bill would not make spay/neuter surgery mandatory. 

Improving the current animal cruelty statute – HB 1202: This bill focused on closing loopholes and improving the current animal cruelty statues relating to the crimes of animal cruelty in the first and second degree, animal fighting, and leaving and/or confining an animal in a motor vehicle or certain enclosed spaces.

Preventing Animal Cruelty - HB 1201 / SB 5203: This bill would have prohibited the selling, bartering, or auctioning of animals upon certain public property or upon certain private property open to the public. This bill would have closed a loophole used by puppy mill and backyard breeders to prey upon unsuspecting consumers.

Eliminating discrimination based on dog breed - HB 2117: This bill would have prohibited considering the breed of a dog when declaring a dog dangerous or potentially dangerous; prohibited a local jurisdiction from: (1) Prohibiting possession of a particular breed of dog; or

(2) Declaring a breed of dog to be dangerous or potentially dangerous.

Wildlife Legislation – SB 6080: This bill would have required the department of fish and wildlife to: (1) Establish a pilot program to coordinate the statewide collection and recycling of fishing line or monofilament; and (2) Work cooperatively with other state agencies and

interested parties to establish a system to check the collection bins regularly and remove monofilament for recycling and to encourage volunteer participation in the program.