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Bill Detail: HB24-1163

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Title Pet Animal Registration System
Status House Committee on Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely (02/08/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Agriculture
House Sponsors R. English (D)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/31/2024

The bill requires the commissioner of the department of agriculture
(commissioner) to develop, implement, and maintain an online pet animal
registration system (system).
The bill establishes the pet animal registration enterprise
(enterprise) in the department of agriculture to provide business services
to pet animal owners who pay pet registration fees to the enterprise by
developing, implementing, maintaining, and administering the pet animal
registration system, connecting pet animals with their owners and
designated caregivers when and after emergencies occur, and protecting
pet animals by supporting animal shelters that are caretakers of last resort.
A pet animal owner must register the pet animal in the system
annually for a fee set by the enterprise, which must be no more than $8.50
annually per pet animal with a designated caregiver, $16 annually per pet
animal that is a dog or cat that is not neutered or spayed and has a
designated caregiver, and $25 annually per pet animal without a
designated caregiver. The fee set by the enterprise is in addition to any pet
registration or licensing fee assessed by any other jurisdiction. The
enterprise will collect both state and local fees and transmit any fee levied
by another jurisdiction to that jurisdiction and the fee levied by the state
to the newly created pet animal registration cash fund. The state's fee will
be used to develop, implement, maintain, and administer the system and
reimburse animal shelters for the cost of taking custody of a pet animal
for which a caregiver cannot be located or has refused to take custody.
The bill also requires a pet animal owner to designate a caregiver
for the owner's pet animal. The caregiver is responsible for the care and
safekeeping of the pet animal during an emergency that incapacitates the
pet animal owner. First responders will use the system to identify the
designated caregiver of the pet animal and notify the caregiver of the
incapacitation of the pet animal's owner. A caregiver must agree to be
responsible for the pet animal. If a caregiver later refuses to take custody
of the pet animal or cannot be located, a first responder will place the pet
animal in an animal shelter. Only first responders and the department of
public health and environment are allowed to use the system.
The bill specifies that to own a pet animal without registering the
pet animal; to refuse or fail to comply with the provisions of the bill; to
make a material misstatement in a registration application, a registration
renewal application, or to the department of agriculture; or to refuse or
fail to comply with any rules or regulations adopted by the commissioner
is unlawful. An unlawful act is punishable by a civil penalty in an amount
set by the commissioner but not to exceed $100 per unlawful act. If the
commissioner is unable to collect the civil penalty, the commissioner may
sue to recover the civil penalty or refuse to renew a registration.

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