House Bill #5477 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - ANIMAL CARE

Requires that municipal animal control officers be certified by the National Care & Control Association.

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  • 2017 – H 5477
  • 2017 – H 5477 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - ANIMAL CARE
  • Introduced By: Representatives Shekarchi, Bennett, Shanley, Hull, and Lima
  • Date Introduced: February 15, 2017
  • Referred To: House Municipal Government
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 4-19 of the General Laws entitled "Animal Care" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 4-19-22. Animal control officers.
  • (a) Effective January 1, 2018, no municipality shall employ any animal control officer who has not received certification to be an animal control officer from the NationalAnimalCare & Control Association (NACA) or other equivalent organization as determined by the Rhode Island society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. All new hires will have a period of twelve (12) months from date of hire to receive certification. All existing personnel employed as animal control officers will have a period of twelve (12) months beginning January 1, 2018, to receive certification.
  • (a) Effective January 1, 2019, no municipality shall employ any animal control officer who has not received certification to be an animal control officer from the NationalAnimalCare & Control Association (NACA) or other equivalent organization as determined by the Rhode Island society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. All new hires will have a period of twelve (12) months from date of hire to receive certification. All existing personnel employed as animal control officers shall obtain their certification by January 1, 2019.
  • (b) The training and certification program required by subsection (a) of this section shall incorporate instruction that shall meet NACA guidelines for certification, including, but not limited to, the following criteria:
  • (1) Laws and regulations affecting animal control, animal welfare, and animal cruelty;
  • (2) Domestic and wild animal behavior;
  • (3) Handling and treatment of deceased or stray animals; and
  • (4) Emergency procedures and conflict resolution skills.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - ANIMAL CARE
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  • This act would require that municipal animal control officers be certified by the National Care & ControlAssociation.
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Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for PASSAGE

June 14, 2017 at 5:33pm
Yeas: 71 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 4 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan NV
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi NV
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall NV
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady NV
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y