On Monday, February 18, the House Judiciary Committee discussed several bills that could have a direct impact on animals in Washington State. According to the Washington State Legislature, there are updates on several current bills in this legislative session.
Two bills, House Bill 1501 and Senate Bill 5767, are scheduled for hearings on Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21, respectively. House Bill 1886 is scheduled for public hearing today and on February 21.
HB 1202 - pertains to animal cruelty and animal fighting, to include causing a minor to commit animal cruelty.
On February 18, this bill was sent to the rules committee, which will decide if the bill will be placed on the floor calendar for a second reading.
HB 1186 - pertains to animal cruelty and veterinarian liability protections when reporting.
On February 18, this bill was placed on Third Reading and passed: yeas, 96; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 2.
HB 1886 - pertains to diseases, control, and traceability activities of the department of agriculture.
February 19 - this bill is scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM.
February 21 - Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change).
HB 1501 - pertains to livestock damage by wolves and payment by department of claims for compensation.
February 20 - Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 8:00 AM.
SB 5767 - pertain to the inspection of dairy cattle.
February 21 - Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water & Rural Economic Development at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change).
The Seattle Pets Examiner will continue to follow the current legislative session and post updates as they occur.
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