Did you know the Florida Constitution allows the Legislature to start session early in even-numbered years?
The 2018 Florida legislative session will start January 9 and it looks like it will be a busy session for animal welfare issues. The Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations is currently reviewing several bills that have already been drafted and sponsored in the House of Representatives and the Senate and we expect more to be filed in the coming weeks. FAAWO will keep you updated on these bills and our position on each as we get closer to the start of the session. Meantime, below is a list of currently submitted bills and links to each.
Companion Animal Public-Private Partnership Act: Prohibits animal shelters from euthanizing animals under certain conditions; authorizes animal shelters to assess certain fees; provides exceptions.
HB 249 has been introduced by Rep. Barbara Watson in the House.
Animal Importation: Prohibits shelters, organizations, agencies, & individuals from importing animals into this state.
Bills have been filed in both the Senate and in the House. SB 132 was filed by Sen. Greg Steube; HB 153 by Rep. Elizabeth Porter.
SB 132HB 153
Animal Hoarding: Defining the term “animal hoarding”; prohibiting animal hoarding
SB 86 has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Dorothy Hukill.
Animal Cruelty: Prohibiting the malicious or capricious killing of dogs or cats; providing penalties
SB 200 has been filed by Sen. Greg Steube.