Legislative Watch

Bill to help reduce neglect of dogs in Washington State moving to next phase in the legislature.

There has been some exciting progress for several of the bills that PAWS is supporting that will help animals. Senator Fain's bill to improve the humane treatment of dogs, SSB 5356, was unanimously voted out of the Senate. It has a hearing in the House committee on Judiciary on Wednesday March 15th at 8 a.m. Please check back next week for any action requests on this bill.

A section of SSB 5358 will codify current tax policy to exempt animal adoption fees from retail sales tax (provided the adoption is happening via a legitimate shelter, animal control or rescue group). This bill, supported by the Department of Revenue, was voted out of the Senate and referred to the House Finance Committee. A hearing date has not yet been assigned.

Other bills that PAWS supported this session:

SB 5094

This bill would have prohibited 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 breed of dog or declaring a breed of dog to be dangerous or potentially dangerous.

Update as of 3/9/17:  This bill make it out of committee, but was never voted on by the whole Senate, so is ‘dead’ for this session. 

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.

Update as of 3/9/17:  This bill passed in the House and is scheduled for public hearing on March 16th in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor & Sports at 1:30 PM

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.

Update as of 2/27/17: This bill did not make it out of committee so is ‘dead’ for this session.

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.

Update as of 2/27/17: This bill did not make it out of committee so is ‘dead’ for this session.

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.

Update as of 2/27/17: This bill did not make it out of committee so is ‘dead’ for this session.