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MICHIGAN LEGISLATION: HOUSE BILLS
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Please note: January 2020 marks the start of the second session of the MI Legislature; all bills that were active in the last session are still in play this session
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Important DatesBill #Bill NameCompanion Bill(s)DescriptionBill StatusHSHV's PositionBill's SponsorNotesAdditional Info
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HB 4035*Prohibit Breed-Specific LegislationProhibits local governments from regulating dog breed based on breed/perceived breedIntroduced 1/15/19; referred to Local Government Committee; Committee hearing 2/19/20; referred to Ways and Means 2/26/20SUPPORTRep. Jim Ellison (D-26)MI Municipal League is neutral; MDARD supports the billLegislative Analysis
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HB 4092Amends criminal code to provide immunity from prosecution for forcible entry into a motor vehicle to rescue animalIntroduced 1/24/19; referred to Judiciary CommitteeSUPPORTRep. Beau LaFave (R-108)
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HB 4340Prohibit Certain Recordings of Individuals Hunting or FishingRevises "hunter harassment law" to criminalize recording hunter/fisher with intent to harassIntroduced 3/12/19; referred to Ways and Means Committee 6/4/19OPPOSERep. John Reilly (R-46)Legislative Analysis
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HB 4439Allow Wildlife and Bird FeedingAllows feeding of wildlife, birds under certain circumstancesIntroduced 3/9/19; referred to Ways and Means Committee 10/29/19SUPPORTRep. Triston Cole (R-105)Legislative Analysis
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HB 4455*Designates shelter pet as official state petIntroduced 4/16/19; referred to Government OperationsSUPPORTRep. Padma Kuppa (D-41)
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HB 4496*Requires research facilities to offer lab animals no longer used for research to animal protection shelters for adoption before euthanization; submit annual reports to MDARDIntroduced 4/24/19; referred to Regulatory Reform Committee; 11/5/19 referred to Agriculture CommitteeSUPPORTRep. Kevin Hertel (D-18)
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HB 4592*Amends 750.50 to allow appointment of advocate in criminal prosecutions related to treatment, welfare, or custody of animals, to represent interests of animals or interests of justiceIntroduced 5/15/19; referred to Judiciary CommitteeSUPPORTRep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-15)
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HB 4593*Tie-bar with HB 4641Requires a veterinarian determine devocalization procedure is for therapeutic purpose (before performing)Introduced 5/15/19; referred to Agriculture CommitteeSUPPORTRep. Tim Sneller (D-50)
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HB 4594Bans the private ownership of non-human primatesIntroduced 5/15/19; referred to Agriculture CommitteeSUPPORTRep. Jim Ellison (D-26)
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HB 4595Requires carrier pigeon permit applicants to comply with all local ordinancesIntroduced 5/15/19; referred to Agriculture CommitteeSUPPORTRep. Frank Liberati (D-13)
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HB 4596*Establishment and promotion of community cat programsIntroduced 5/15/19; referred to Agriculture CommitteeSUPPORTRep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-19)
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HB 4641*Tie-bar with HB 4593Amends 750.50 to make it a crime to devocalize by anyone other than a veterinarianIntroduced 5/21/19; referred to Agriculture CommitteeSUPPORTRep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-8)
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HB 4687Feeding and Baiting of Deer and ElkSB 37Overrides the DNR's ban on feeding/baiting deer and elkvetoed by Governor 12/18/19; re referred to Government Operations Committee 1/8/20OPPOSERep. Michele Hoitenga (R-102)MUCC opposes baiting due to concerns about spread of CWDLegislative Analysis
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PASSED HOUSE 2/25; referred to Senate Natural Resources Committee HB 4735, 4736, 4737Prohibit Use of FOIA Information Regarding Game Location to Take GameHBs 4735, 4736, and 4737 would provide penalties, under certain circumstances, for a person who requests game location records under the Freedom of Information Act and uses that information to take game.Introduced 6/19/19; referred to Natural Resources; referred to Judiciary 9/17/19; hearing scheduled 1/28/20; reported favorably w/o amendment and referred to second reading 1/28/20; 2/20/20 read a second time, placed on third reading;passed House 2/25; referred to Senate Natural ResourcesSUPPORTRep. Scott VanSingel (R-100), Rep. John Cherry (D- 49), Rep. Leslie Love (D-10)Legislative Analysis
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HB 4860Large Carnivores: Residency-Based ExemptionRevises Large Carnivore Act to exempt non-residents from regulationIntroduced 8/29/19; referred to Agriculture Committee - HEARING SCHEDULED 1/13/20 - referred to Ways and Means Committee 1/15/20OPPOSERep. Thomas Albert (R-86)Legislative Analysis
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PASSED HOUSE 3/17
HB 4910 & 4911*
Misrepresentation of Emotional Support Animals ActSenate Companion Bills SB 608, 609, 610Prescription of and requests for reasonable accommodation for ESA (creates new act); early termination due to misrepresentation of ESAIntroduced 9/3/19; referred to Judiciary Committee 12/3/19; reported with recommendation, referred to 2nd reading 3/3/20OPPOSE - may work with sponsor to offer amendmentsRep. Matt Hall (R-63)H-4 SubstituteLegislative AnalysisRoll Call (Vote Record)
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HB 4931Prohibits driving with dog on lap (except for medical purposes)Introduced 9/10/19; referred to Transportation CommitteeSUPPORTRep. LaTanya Garrett (D-7)
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HB 4941Increase time for courts to hold hearings on dogs seized from fighting operationsIntroduced 9/11/19; referred to Judiciary CommitteeOPPOSERep. Aaron Miller (R-59)
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HB 4947Prohibits labeling laboratory-grown meat substitute as meatIntroduced 9/11/19; referred to AgricultureOPPOSERep. Beau LaFave (R-108)
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HB 5090*Prohibit research or training activities on dogs in a manner that causes pain and distress…directed by a public body (aimed at WSU and their history of experiments on dogsIntroduced 10/18/19; referred to Agriculture CommitteeSUPPORT - 10/19 "Save MI dogs from cruel experiments " action alertRep. Sara Cambensy (D-109)Supported by PCRM
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HB 5273Senate Companion Bill SB 666Prohibit pet leasing - make all contracts where companion animals are held as collateral void and unenforceable; ensure consumers become the pet owners and are entitled to all amounts paid under the contract; make it unlawful to offer, broker, service, assign, or receive an assignment of any contract where companion animals are held as collateralIntroduced 12/5/19; referred to Agriculture CommitteeSUPPORTRep. William Sowerby (D-31)Supported by Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast MichiganPet Leasing Fact SheetSupport: ASPCA, AWI, AFA, BFS, MHS, MPFA
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HB 5466Requires probable cause for official asking to see hunting, fishing license; requires officers to have probable cause to believe individual is committing a violation before asking to see hunting, fur harvester, or fishing licenseIntroduced 2/5/20; referred to Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee OPPOSERep. Steven Johnson (R-72)
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HB 5486Requires public accommodations to permit the use of service animals for training or socializingIntroduced 2/11/20; referred to Regulatory ReformSupportRep. Tommy Brann (R-77)
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HB 5508Declaw BanProhibits declaw procedure in the state unless for therapeutic purposes; $1,000 fineIntroduced 2/20/20; referred to Agriculture SUPPORTRep. Nate Shannon (D-25)
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upcoming hearing 3/17
HB 5540Clarify DNR Search PowersTo place in the statute the authority and limits of DNR to enter and search private property; limits this power to a "peace officer or park and recreation officer," and allows it only with a warrant, when in hot pursuit, or if officer "reasonably believes" a delay would mean "evidence of a crime will be destroyed or concealed or an individual will be endangeredIntroduced 2/25; referred to Judiciary; hearing 3/17OPPOSERep. Beau LaFave (R-108)
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HB 5577Extreme weather - revise pet store and breeder construction requirementsAmends the definition of "adequate shelter" for dogsIntroduced 3/4/20; referred to AgricultureNeutral Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-23-Brownstown)AKC opposes
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