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Dogs or cats; rental or lease prohibited, civil penalty, exception.

In House

Latest Action: Feb. 13, 2020
House: Read first time

Chief Patron:
Jeremy McPike (D)

2020 Regular Session


As introduced. Rental or lease of dog or cat prohibited; civil penalty.

Prohibits the rental or lease of a dog or cat to a consumer, including by a purported sale of the animal in a manner that vests no equity in the consumer at the time of the purported sale. The bill prohibits the sale of a dog or cat in which the animal is subject to repossession upon default of the agreement and prohibits any financial institution from offering a loan for which the animal is subject to repossession upon default of the loan. The bill provides that the Attorney General may bring a civil action to enforce the bill's provisions and that a violator may be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $2,500. A pet shop, commercial dog breeder, dealer, or other business that violates the provisions of the bill also may have its business license, retail license, or local pet shop permit suspended or revoked after a hearing by the issuing authority. The bill exempts certain animals from its prohibitions, including purebred dogs leased for breeding; dogs or cats used in spectator events, motion pictures, racing, or other entertainment; and service dogs, guide or leader dogs, security dogs, law-enforcement dogs, military working dogs, and certified facility dogs. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. (Less)
  • Bill History

  • 01/08/2020 - Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103159D
  • 01/08/2020 - Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
  • 01/15/2020 - Senate: Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals
  • 01/23/2020 - Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB742)
  • 01/28/2020 - Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (10-Y 4-N)
  • 01/30/2020 - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
  • 01/31/2020 - Senate: Read second time
  • 01/31/2020 - Senate: Reading of amendments waived
  • 01/31/2020 - Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
  • 01/31/2020 - Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB742E
  • 01/31/2020 - Senate: Printed as engrossed 20103159D-E
  • 02/03/2020 - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 13-N)
  • 02/03/2020 - Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB742E)
  • 02/13/2020 - House: Placed on Calendar
  • 02/13/2020 - House: Read first time
  • 02/13/2020 - House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
  • 02/13/2020 - House: Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture

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