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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 below is through April 21, 2017.

 

ACTION ALERT: Your help is needed to protect animals from lead ammunition. See below (HF888, highlighted in red) for details and contacting the Governor.

HF888: Department of Natural Resources (DNR) prohibited from adopting rules restricting the use of lead shot.

The MN Legislature is considering a harmful provision in HF888 which would prohibit the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from adopting rules that restrict the use of lead ammunition.

Scientific evidence has shown that lead is extremely toxic for animals, humans, and the environment. Once lead ammo enters the food chain, it poisons and kills bald eagles, doves, ducks, and many other animals. Lead can also cause severe health risks for humans who eat wild game, and it contaminates land and waterways. The harmful effects of lead poisoning has led to its mandated removal from everything from paint to children's toys, and yet it is still used in ammunition for hunting.

ACTION: Contact the MN Governor now at: 651-201-3400

Or email: https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/form/

WHAT YOU CAN SAY: Please protect Minnesota's wildlife and people from lead ammunition. Oppose any measures that prohibit the DNR from adopting rules that limit toxic lead shot.

ACTION: Also contact your state legislators. Click on link, enter your address, and find your state legislators: MN District Finder

Learn more about toxic lead: It is estimated that 10 to 20 million animals die each year from ingesting spent lead pellets.

• HSUS: Toxic lead ammunition poisoning wildlife

• USGS National Wildlife Health Center: Lead impact in wildlife

• MN Dept of Health: Lead Poisoning Prevention

 

STATUS of other bills:

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 Billl: 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 omnbus 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 omnibus environment bill (HF888). The same measure failed as floor amendment to the House environment bill (HF888). A conference committee will work out differences between the two bills.

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 modifed.

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 agricutlture policy bill (HF1717). The Senate file passed the Agriculture Policy Committee but was voted down in the Judiciary Committee.

HF 1545/SF 1545: Food Safety Task Force extended; Agriculture Department authorized to regulate slaughter and processing of animals of any size used for human food.

The House and Senate files are awaiting floor votes.

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 2277/ SF 1453: Wolf-livestock conflict prevention program.

House file not heard. The language of the Senate file is included in the Senate Agriculture Finance omnibus bill (SF780), which passed the Senate on a 42-25 vote. The House agriculture finance bill did not include this provision. A conference committee is working out the differences between the two bills.

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 House file is ready for floor vote; the language is also included in House Environment omnibus (HF888). The Senate file has passed two committees and was referred to the Environment Finance Committee but was not included in the Senate version of the environment omnibus bill. A conference committee will work out differences between the two omnibus bills.


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

The language of this bill is included in the House version of the omnibus jobs bill (SF1937), which is in conference committee, and the Senate version of the omnibus environment bill (HF888), which is in conference committee.

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 is included in the Senate version of the omnibus environment bill (HF888), which is in conference committee.

 

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