Legislative Watch

2017 animal-related bills currently before the state legislature

The 2017 legislative session began on Monday January 9, and already there are several bills that can help animals and are worthy of support.

One of the bills we’ve been working on will address the tethering of dogs, helping to address their quality of life and provide animal control officers with more effective enforcement options.

PAWS is working on this bill with Senator Fain, who has been a true friend of the animals supporting legislation such as HB 2644 — improving the bonding and forfeiture law and SSB 5501 that improved the law preventing cruelty to animals.

As soon as the bill has been assigned a number and referred to a committee, we will provide an update.

Other bills that PAWS is supporting this session:

SB 5063

This bill modifies business and occupation taxation provisions with regard to pet adoption fees. The Federation and PAWS, along with colleagues across the state, have been working with the Department of Revenue to clarify this issue and ensure that adoption fees charged by legitimate shelters and rescues are not part of the B&O tax.

By Senators Fain and Palumbo

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means but no hearing has been scheduled.

Contact the committee chair and co-chair of the Ways and Means Committee to ask them to schedule the bill for a hearing.

Submit online comments to your local representatives and senator on the bill

SB 5094

Specifies that a dog's breed cannot factor into the determination of whether or not a dog is dangerous or potentially dangerous. Prohibits local jurisdictions from restricting the possession of dogs based on breed.

By Senators Palumbo, Fain, and Wilson

Read first time 01/12/17

Referred to Committee on Local Government, and there is a public hearing at 1:30 on the 17th

Submit online comments to the Local Government Committee

Submit online comments to your local representatives and senator on the bill

HB 1110

To protect horses, this bill 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.

Sponsors: Appleton, Stanford, Doglio, and Pollet

Contact the committee chair and co-chair of the Judiciary Committee to ask them to schedule the bill for a hearing.

Submit online comments to your local representatives and senator on the bill

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.

Sponsors: Representatives Peterson, Appleton, McBride, Pike, Stanford, Jinkins, Fey, and Gregerson

Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Judiciary at 10:00 AM on January 17th.

Contact the committee chair and co-chair of the Judiciary Committee to ask them to schedule the bill for a hearing.

Submit online comments to your local representatives and senator on the bill

HB 1090

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.

This bill was introduced during the previous session, and to make it more acceptable to city and county interests, this version only has one requirement:  if a city or county has dog breed restrictions, it needs to offer a way to exempt dogs that are well behaved (pass a canine behavioral test). 

Sponsors: Appleton, Stanford, Goodman, Frame, Buys, Gregerson, and Peterson

Referred to the House Judiciary Committee but currently no hearing has been scheduled.

Contact the committee chair and co-chair of the Judiciary Committee to ask them to schedule the bill for a hearing.

Submit online comments to your local representatives and senator on the bill

HB 1095

Changes RCW 19.94.540 regarding the requirements for wholesale containers of fifty-five gallons or more of engine coolant or antifreeze to have bittering agents to protect children and pets from accidental ingestion.

Sponsors: Appleton, Pollet, Peterson  

Referred to Business & Financial Services but no hearing has been scheduled.

Contact the committee chair and co-chair of the Business and Financial Services Committee to ask them to schedule the bill for a hearing. 

Submit online comments to your local representatives and senator on the bill