Legislation

The Potter League educates and advises decision makers in federal, state, and local government to enact positive changes for the welfare of animals and the community. As an active participant in the Ocean State Animal Coalition (OSAC), we work with other Rhode Island organizations involved in animal care, control and sheltering, as well as humane education and veterinary medicine, to improve the status and well-being of animals in Rhode Island.

Current Legislative Issues

As we learn more about new bills, we will post them below under the support and oppose headers, so keep an eye on this page.

Bills We Support

House Bill No. 5162
BY
  Solomon, Shekarchi, Williams, Serpa, Roberts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- DOGS (Requires that the shelter and nourishment of dogs conform to standards set by Tufts Animal Care and Conditions Scale.)
{LC402/1}01/21/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5414
BY  Keable, Lally, Serpa, Shekarchi, Kennedy
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMAL AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Requires a court of competent jurisdiction to order the appointment of an animal care advocate where animal cruelty is at issue.)
{LC1233/1}
02/12/2015 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/27/2015 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/03/2015)
03/03/2015 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 5466
(Attorney General)
BY  O'Brien, Palangio, Amore, Slater, Casey
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Increases the imprisonment penalty for a malicious injury or killing of an animal from 2 to 5 years. Also, imposes an additional assessment if it can be proven that the convicted person is found to have committed said offense in the presence of a child.)
{LC1041/1}
02/12/2015 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/27/2015 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/03/2015)
03/03/2015 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 5660
BY
 Handy, Palangio, Fellela, Serpa, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - SALE OF IVORY OR RHINOCEROS HORNS (Prohibits any person from importing, selling, offering for sale, purchasing, bartering, or possessing with intent to sell, any ivory, ivory product, rhinoceros horn, or rhinoceros horn product, with limited exceptions.)
{LC1661/1}
02/26/2015 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5678
BY  Palangio, Serpa, Winfield, Regunberg, Lima
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- ANIMAL CARE (Requires that municipal animal control officers be certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association.)
{LC1483/1}
02/26/2015 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government

House Bill No. 5799
BY  Bennett, Melo, Solomon, McNamara, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (Requires certain persons entrusted with the care of animals to report any neglect or abuse reasonably believed to have been inflicted upon the animal.)
{LC1880/1}
03/05/2015 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

Bills We Oppose

House Bill No. 5800
BY  Barros, Tobon, Abney, Coughlin, Johnston
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- BREED-SPECIFIC REGULATION (Makes all municipal animal breed-specific regulating ordinances enacted before July 16, 2013, binding and enforceable.)
{LC1257/1}
03/05/2015 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government

For more information and the full text of each bill, go to http://status.rilin.state.ri.us/

Take Action

Writing to your representatives is one of the most effective ways you can take part in in the process of improving laws for animals.

To find out who to contact, see the ASPCA’s “Find your Legislator” tool. Enter your zip code and look up who represents you in both state and federal government, along with their email and mailing addresses.

For a list of current, actionable alerts from across the nation, visit the ASPCA’s Advocacy Center.

When writing to your representatives, always remember:

  • Keep it simple and specific.
  • Include your name and address, even on an email. Be sure to mention any professional credentials or personal experience you may have that relates to the subject of your letter.
  • Persuade with logic and facts, not emotion.
  • State what it is you want done or recommend a course of action.
  • Keep your letters to one page or less. If necessary, you can attach a fact sheet.
  • Check your spelling and grammar!
  • Be polite, courteous and respectful at all times, and thank the recipient for his/her consideration of your views.

 

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