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  legislation > state bills: 2017-2018

 

Numerous bills get introduced each year at the MN State Legislature. Some are directly related to animal welfare issues; some may be indirectly related.

A few animal-related bills introduced in 2017 are listed below.

HF stands for House File (heard in the House of Representatives). SF stands for Senate File (heard in the Senate). A bill must pass both bodies for it to move forward and become law. For further details of process, go to how a bill becomes law.

All bills below, including language and authors, can be found at: MN State Bills

 

STATUS OF BILLS as of May 31, 2017:

Following a short special session to finalize appropriation bills and a tax bill, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned on May 26. Governor Dayton signed the tax bill and budget bills on May 30, despite objections to certain provisions, which may necessitate a second special session at some point.

Further updates will be added to bills below.

 

 

SF844: Omnibus environmental bill. HF 844, which was signed by Governor Dayton on May 30, prohibits the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from adopting rules that restrict the use of lead ammunition until July 2019. Scientific evidence has shown that lead is extremely toxic for animals, humans, and the environment. It is estimated that 10 to 20 million animals die each year from ingesting spent lead pellets. Learn more about toxic lead:

• HSUS: Toxic lead ammunition poisoning wildlife

• USGS National Wildlife Health Center: Lead impact in wildlife

• MN Dept of Health: Lead Poisoning Prevention

 

HF 787/SF 1167: Immunity for veterinarians reporting animal cruelty   

The House file passed the Civil Law Committee; the Senate file passed the Judiciary committee. Both have been referred to the Agriculture Committees. See Bill: Vet Immunity for further description of this bill.

HF 2054/SF 1357: Euthanasia with non-anesthetic gas prohibited for pet and companion animals.

No hearings in either chamber.

HF 487/SF 629: Sales tax exemption for nonprofit animal shelters.

The House file was heard in the Tax Committee but not included in the House omnibus tax bill.  The Senate file has not been heard.

HF 453/SF 252: Eight-year prison term and/or $10,000 fine for causing death or great bodily harm to a pet or companion animal.

No hearings in either chamber.

HF 1931/SF 9: Trapping on private land without written permission prohibited.

No hearings in either chamber. The language of this bill succeeded as a floor amendment to the Senate version of the first omnibus environment bill (HF888) failed as a floor amendment to the same bill in the House and did not survive in conference committee.

HF 2159/SF 1850: Open season for taking wolves prohibited.

No hearings in either chamber.

HF 2160/SF 1447: Use of snares to take wild animals prohibited.

No hearings in either chamber.

HF 1771/SF 1446: Body gripping trap provisions modified.

No hearings in either chamber.

HF 2243: Trap requirements modified, permission for traps and snares required, reporting required, license forfeiture for violations required, and criminal penalties provided.

No hearings.

HF 1221/SF 1015: Extends farmer protection from nuisance liability to feedlots of all sizes, and requires mandatory mediation for all nuisance claims against agricultural operations.

The House file (from which the mandatory mediation provision was stripped) passed the Agriculture Policy and Civil Law committees and was referred to Agriculture Finance. The language was then added as a floor amendment to the House omnibus agriculture policy bill. The Senate file passed the Agriculture Policy Committee but was voted down in the Judiciary Committee.

HF 1545/SF 1545: Authorizes the Agiculture Department to regulate the slaughter and processing of animals of any size used for human food; creates a wolf-livestock conflict prevention program.

HF 1545 is the omnibus agriculture bill. It was signed by Governor Dayton on May 30.

HF 1163/SF 1235: Night vision equipment allowed when hunting coyotes.

No hearings in either chamber.

HF 922: Wolf open season prohibited.

No hearings.

HF 1581/SF 1374: Gross overlimit penalty and license revocation doesn't apply to threatened or endangered animals unless more than one is taken, possessed, or transported; individuals can't obtain game or fish license for ten years after violations involving animals with restitution value of $2,000 or more.

The language of this bill was included in the first environmental omnibus bill (HFSF888), which was vetoed, and in the second environmental omnibus bill (SF844), which was signed by Governor Dayton on May 30.


HF1504 / SF1195: Local governments prohibited from banning plastic bags.

The language of this bill was included in SF1456, the omnibus jobs bill, which was signed by Governor Dayton on May 30.

HF1456 / SF1016: Doubles the number of animal units allowed before a farm must undergo environmental review.

The House file has not been heard. The language of the Senate file was included in SF723 but it did not survive in conference committee.

 

HF1948: Bar new deer farms or the movement of farmed deer to new locations until 2020.

The bill was not heard in committee but it was offered as a floor amendment to the House agriculture policy bill (HF1717) but failed on an 80-53 vote.

 

HF366 / SF124: Prohibits using a drone to hunt or harass an animal.

No hearings.

 

SF2396 / HF 2672: Injured or orphaned wolves special rehabilitation permits established.

No hearings.

 

HF2652: Requires that products containing xylitol contain a warning that it is poisonous to pets.

No hearings. 

 

HF2691 / SF2396: Creates a misdemeanor penalty for falsely representing that a person is a service animal trainer.

No hearings in either chamber.

 

HD2686: Establishes liability for the owner of a pet or companion animal that attacks or injures a person (the current statute only applies to dogs).

No hearings in either chamber.

 

 

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