Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

2019 Legislation

HB 44                

Sponsor: Representative  Burnett         

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

This bill increases the penalties for animal abuse from a Misdemeanor to a Felony and creates an Animal Abuse Registry identifying all of those convicted of animal abuse.

HB 297                    

Sponsor: Representative Hicks            

Alliance Position: SUPPORT with AMENDMENT

This bill would nullify all ordinances and policies that are breed specific, including mandatory spay/neuter ordinances in Springfield and Kansas City that have dramatically reduced the impoundment of pit bulls in these two municipalities. This bill would also invalidate Florissant's spay/neuter ordinance. The Alliance is seeking an AMENDMENT to allow municipalities to regulate the breeding of dogs.

 Provides Treatment for Animal Abusers

SB 115                    

Sponsor: Senator Crawford           

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

This bill would effectively eliminate the disposition process for abused and neglected animals and allow the animals to remain in the hands of their abusers until the conclusion of a criminal trial. It also eliminates the authority of animal control officers from rescuing abused and neglected animals. NOTE: This bill is identical to HB 204.

HB 59                    

Sponsor: Representative Bangert            

Alliance Position: SUPPORT 

This bill would provide immunity from civil liability for persons who render assistance to animals trapped in motor vehicles.

 Allows Animals to be Placed on Domestic Orders of Protection

HB 204                    

Sponsor: Representative Anderson           

Alliance Position: OPPOSE

This bill would effectively eliminate the disposition process for abused and neglected animals and allow the animals to remain in the hands of their abusers until the conclusion of a criminal trial. It also eliminates the authority of animal control officers from rescuing abused and neglected animals. NOTE: This bill is identical to SB 115.

HB 43                     

Sponsor: Representative Burnett             

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

This bill increases the penalty for animal abuse from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class E Felony.

 Eliminates Disposition Process for Abused and Neglected Animals

HB 370                 

Sponsor: Representative Gregory           

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

This bill would afford protection to animals in domestic abuse cases. Household pets often become pawns in the game of power and control that batterers use to coerce, control and intimidate their victims. In a nationwide study, 76% of battered women reported that their abusers had harmed, killed or threatened their animals.

COMPANION ANIMALS

We will have more bills posted as they are pre-filed.

HB 559                

Sponsor: Representative  Spencer         

Alliance Position: OPPOSES

This legislation would allow numerous abusive practices to be inflicted upon working animals and permit cruel animal activities such as "horse tripping".  It would deny proper housing and care of working animals and animals used in entertainment.  It jeopardizes all local ordinances including zoning ordinances on dog breeding facilities.  While this bill is intended to allow carriage horse operators to operate without any oversight it also eliminates regulations on all working animals if such regulations are considered a "financial hardship" by the animal user. 

 Increases Penalty for Animal Abuse

To learn about the current year's bills that have an impact on animal welfare, review the legislation below and click on the actual bill for further details.

 Increases Penalty for Animal Abuse and Establishes an Animal Abuse Registry 

CRUELTY & ABUSE

 Animals in Hot Cars

 Eliminates Breed Specific Ordinances Including Spay/Neuter Ordinances

HB 111                

Sponsor: Representative Sommers          

Alliance Position: SUPPORT

This bill allows the Court to order psychological or psychiatric evaluation and treatment for individuals who abuse animals. It also provides immunity to any person, including a veterinarian, teacher and school personnel, who reports animal abuse to a law enforcement agency.

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 Prohibits Municipalities From Banning Cruel Animal Events and From Regulating Working Animals