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UPDATE (as of 05/20/2014): The Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill is law in the State of Minnesota! On May 20, 2014, Governor Dayton signed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill (H.F. 3172) into law, which included the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill. This means the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill is now officially law in the State of Minnesota! Thanks to everyone for all of your hard work and patience!

 

The following is a brief recap of the various hearings and actions taken with the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill.

Overview

The State of Minnesota functions on a two-year cycle. This biennial session is 2013-2014. The 2014 legislative session began February 25, 2014 and ended May 16, 2014 (ahead of the mandated May 19 adjournment deadline). 

The Dog and Cat Breeder Bill (to license and inspect commercial dog and cat breeders) was introduced during the 2013-2014 legislative session. Bill numbers are Senate File (S.F.) 36 and House File (H.F.) 84.

When the bills reached the House and Senate floors for a vote on May 16, 2014, the bill language had been included by the Conference Committee as part of the Conference Committee Report on the House Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill (H.F. 3172).

 

STATUS for Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill (S.F. 36/H.F. 84):

During the 2013-2014 legislative session, the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill passed through multiple committees before reaching the floors for a vote. Below is a brief overview of the status of the bill during the 2014 MN legislative session.

• H.F. 84 passed the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, March 5.

• S.F. 36 passed the Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on Monday, March 10.

• S.F. 36 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 13.

• S.F. 36 passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee on March 17.

• H.F. 84 was laid over for possible inclusion in the House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee omnibus bill on March 18.

• H.F. 84 was included in the House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee Omnibus Bill on Tuesday, March 25. This omnibus bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. (An omnibus bill is a larger bill that contains multiple bills.)

• On Monday, March 31, the House Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations Bill (which included the Dog and Cat Breeder Bill) was heard in the House Ways and Means Committee and passed. The Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations Bill number is H.F. 3172.

• On Thursday, April 3, the House of Representatives debated the House Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations Bill (H.F. 3172). This omnibus bill (which included H.F. 84, the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill) passed with a vote of 70 to 59!

• A Conference Committee was appointed to work out differences between the House and Senate bills in H.F. 3172. Ten members were appointed to the Conference Committee, including five Senators (Senators Cohen, Tomassoni, Lourey, Wiger, and Bonoff) and five Representatives (Represenatives Carlson, Huntley, Mahoney, Marquart and Wagenius).

• In the early morning of May 16, the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill language was included by the Conference Committee as part of the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill. A Conference Committee Report — with the breeder bill language in it — was sent to the House and Senate floors for a vote.

• GREAT NEWS! On May 16 (evening), the MN Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill (included in the Committee Report on H.F. 3172, the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill) passed both the Minnesota House and Senate floors.

IT'S LAW! On May 20, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton signed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill (H.F. 3172) into law. This omnibus bill included the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill, which means the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill is now officially law in the State of Minnesota!

The law becomes effective July 1, 2014, when the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) will begin registering commercial dog and cat breeders who fall under the bill's definition. Within one year, the BAH will be required to annually inspect those breeders and any new breeders who set up facilities covered under the law. (They can also begin inspections starting July 1, 2014, if they choose.) The BAH will then license those breeders who are in compliance with existing animal welfare laws and additional provisions just passed into law.

 

Progress made during and following the 2013 session too, which laid the foundation for 2014 actions. See below.

In the 2013 session, H.F. 84 passed three committees in the House without any harmful amendments being added. (As Minnesota operates on a biennial session, all work accomplished in 2013 carried over to the 2014 session. The bills continued where they left off; they did not need to be heard again in the committees they passed in 2013.)

Governor Mark Dayton also publicly expressed support for the Dog and Cat Breeder Bill (and attended the Speak Up rally); his firm support of the bill continued in 2014.

Following the 2013 legislative session, Rep. Lesch (author of H.F. 84) held multiple meetings with representatives of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), the pet breeders, the Board of Animal Health, members of the Speak Up for Minnesota Dogs and Cats coalition and others to reach consensus on language in H.F. 84.

With new language that came out of the meetings, the breeder bill was in a better position to receive and pass necessary committees in 2014.

• The Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association offered additional language to H.F. 84's veterinary program provision. The new language requires breeders to establish and maintain a written protocol for disease control and prevention, euthanasia and veterinary care of animals.

• The Board of Animal Health expressed support for the House amended bill.

Also:

• Over 50 Minnesota shelters and rescues, the Minnesota Animal Control Association, the Animal Law Section of the MN State Bar Association, and thousands of Minnesotans expressed support for S.F. 36/H.F. 84.

• Over 400 Minnesota veterinarians and certified vet techs signed letters supporting S.F. 36/H.F. 84 with more signing on regularly.

• Over 20,000 petitions signed by Minnesotans were delivered to State legislators in support of S.F. 36/H.F. 84.

• In 2013 and 2014 (as well as previous years), legislators were inundated with calls — hearing from Minnesotans who want the suffering of dogs and cats in inhumane breeding facilities to end.

• In each session, the lobbying team met multiple times with members of all necessary committees.

 

Other links

To follow committee actions in the MN House of Representatives for H.F. 84, go to:

H.F. 84 - actions

To follow committee actions in the MN Senate for S.F. 36, go to:

S.F. 36 - actions

To follow actions for the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill (H.F. 3172), go to:

H.F. 3172 - actions

 

 

News articles/video — legislative action

• 02/13/13 House Civil Law Committee — hearing (audio and video)

• 03/25/14 Pet breeders, farm produce, toxic chemicals find a place in enviro bill

• 05/05/14 Dogs and Cats reign as protection bill moves forward

• 05/16/14 $285M later, budget bill wraps in wee hours

• 05/16/13 Dayton has last-minute requests as legislators seek promise from him

 

 

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