PIJAC

2018 Legislative Session Overview - U.S. Congress

Congress adjourned its 2017-18 legislative session on January 2, 2019.

107 pet industry-related issues were introduced, 70 of which were considered priority by PIJAC.

Final Disposition of Priority Legislation:

BILL #

SUMMARY

FINAL DISPOSITION

HR 2

The "Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018" (Farm Bill) provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.

ENACTED

HR 398

The "Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act of 2017" would amend Title 28 (Judiciary & Judicial Procedure), Chapter 31 (Attorney General) of US Code with respect to civil forfeitures relating to certain seized animals.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 717

The "Listing Reform Act" amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require review of the economic cost of adding a species to the list of endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 909

The “Pet and Women Safety Act of 2017” would protect the pets of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence.

LANGUAGE INSERTED IN H.R. 2 (ENACTED)

HR 1273

The "21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act" amends Section 4(b) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 by adding a provision requiring publication of the basis for determinations that species are endangered or threatened.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 1274

The "State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act" amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require making available to States affected by determinations that species are endangered or threatened, all data that is the basis for such determinations.

DIED ON CALENDAR

HR 2134

The "Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act" would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered and threatened species.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 2327

The "Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act of 2017" (PAWS Act of 2017) directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants to eligible organizations to provide service dogs to veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 2603

The "Saving America's Vulnerable Endangered Species Act" amends the ESA of 1973 to provide that nonnative species in the U.S. shall not be treated as endangered species or threatened species for purposes of that Act and to enhance opportunities for conservation of nonnative endangered species through cultivation of captive populations by removing redundant regulation imposed by the inclusion of species nonnative to the U.S. on the U.S. endangered species list.

DIED ON CALENDAR

HR 2801

The ‘‘Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act’’ or the ‘‘HOT CARS Act of 2017’’ amends Title 49 (Transportation), Chapter 323 (Consumer Information) of U.S. Code by adding a new Section 32304B to require the Secretary of Transportation to issue a rule requiring all new passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 2887

The "No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017" seeks to regulate certain State impositions on interstate commerce.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 3041

The "Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act" amends Section 8 (Exceptions) of the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to provide an exception for a de minimus amount of fish or wildlife included in interstate commercial shipments.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 3388

The "Safely Ensuring Lives Future Development and Research in Vehicle Evolution Act" of "SELF DRIVE Act" amends Title 49 (Transportation) of U.S. Code regarding the authority of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over highly automated vehicles, to provide safety measures for such vehicles.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 3599

The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" would prevent States and local jurisdictions from interfering with the production and distribution of agricultural products in interstate or foreign commerce.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 3608

The "Endangered Species Transparency & Reasonableness Act" would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication on the Internet of the basis for determination that species are endangered or threatened.

DIED ON CALENDAR

HR 3792

The "Animal Emergency Planning Act of 2017" would amend the Animal Welfare Act to require that covered persons develop and implement animal emergency contingency plans.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 4691

The WOOF! Act (Welfare of Our Friends Act of 2017) amends Sections 2132 (Definitions) and 2133 (Licensing of Dealers and Exhibitors) of the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the issuance of licenses to certain individuals connected to dealers of dogs who have had licenses revoked.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 4693

The "Puppy Protection Act of 2017" amends Sections 2132 (Definitions) and 2143 (Standards and certification process for humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of animals) of the Animal Welfare Act to further provide for the humane treatment of dogs by dog dealers.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 4879

The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act of 2018" would prevent States and local jurisdictions from interfering with the production and distribution of agricultural products in interstate or foreign commerce.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 5269

The "STAR Fishing Act" (State and Territorial Approval for Restriction of Fishing Act) would require State or territorial approval of restriction by the Secretary of Interior or Secretary of Commerce of recreational or commercial fishing access to certain State or territorial waters.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 5554

The "Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2018" (AGDUFA) amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to reauthorize user fee programs relating to new animal drugs and generic new animal drugs.

ENACTED

HR 5697

The "Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act of 2018" would: 1) Improve anti-trafficking enforcement and provide dedicated funding for wildlife conservation; and 2) Amend the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 5878

The "National Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Control and Accountability Act of 2018" provides for a national strategy to address and overcome Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 5900

The "National Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Control and Accountability Act of 2018" provides for a national strategy to address and overcome Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 5996

The "Coral Reef Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2018" reauthorizes and amends the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 and for other purposes.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 6079

The "Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act" amends Title 49 (Transportation), Part 395 (Hours of Service of Drivers) of U.S. Code of Federal Regulations to require the Secretary of Transportation to modify provisions relating to hours of service requirements with respect to transportation of certain live animals.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 6255

Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Criminal Procedure), Chapter 3 (Animals, Birds, Fish and Plants), Section 42 (Importation or shipment of injurious mammals, birds, fish, amphibia, and reptiles) of U.S. Code by adding several species of lionfish to the list of injurious species that are prohibited from being imported or shipped.

DIED ON CALENDAR

HR 6345

The "Ensuring Meaningful Petition Outreach While Enhancing Rights of States Act of 2018" or the "EMPOWERS Act of 2018" provides for greater county and State consultation with regard to petitions under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

DIED ON CALENDAR

HR 6356

The "Less Imprecision in Species Treatment Act of 2018" or the "LIST Act of 2018" amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for improved precision in the listing, delisting, and downlisting of endangered and potentially endangered species.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 6362

The "Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2018" would establish an improved regulatory process to prevent the introduction and establishment of injurious wildlife in the United States that is likely to cause:  1) economic or environmental harm; or 2) harm to humans or animal health.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 6378

The "Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018" reauthorizes certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response.

DIED ON CALENDAR

HR 6668

The "Modifying Unaccountable Standards and Simplifying Endangered Lists" or "MUSSELS Act" would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533 - Determination of endangered species and threatened species) to remove freshwater mussels from the list of endangered and threatened species.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HR 6908

The "Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act of 2018" or "PAWS Act of 2018" amends Title 38 (Veterans' Benefits), Part II (General Benefits), Chapter 17 (Hospital, Nursing Home, Domiciliary & Medical Care), Section 1714 (Fitting and training in use of prosthetic appliances; guide dogs; service dogs) of U.S. Code to provide service dogs to veterans with mental illnesses who do not have mobility impairments.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HCR 46

A Concurrent Resolution expressing Congressional support for the designation of a "National Purebred Dog Day".

DIED IN COMMITTEE

HRES 170

A House Resolution expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to work to combat the nationwide problem of invasive species threatening native ecosystems.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 322

The “Pet and Women Safety Act of 2017” would protect the pets of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence.

LANGUAGE INSERTED IN H.R. 2 (ENACTED)

S 376

The "21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act" amends Section 4(b) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 by adding a provision requiring publication of the basis for determinations that species are endangered or threatened.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 503

The "Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act'' would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to restore inspection reports which were previously available to the public (prior to February 2017) on its searchable database.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 735

The "State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act" amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require disclosure to affected States of the basis of determinations under such Act.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 935

The "Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act" would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered and threatened species.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 1104

The "Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act of 2017" (PAWS Act of 2017) directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants to eligible organizations to provide service dogs to veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 1436

The "National Fish Habitat Conservation Act" aims to:  1) Conserve fish and aquatic communities in the U.S. through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation; 2) Improve the quality of life for people of the U.S.; and 3) Enhance fish and wildlife-dependent recreation.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 1666

The ‘‘Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act’’ or the ‘‘HOT CARS Act of 2017’’ amends Title 49 (Transportation), Chapter 323 (Consumer Information) of U.S. Code by adding a new Section 32304B to require the Secretary of Transportation to issue a rule requiring all new passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 1863

Clarifies that noncommercial wildlife species found entirely within the borders of a single State ("intrastate species") are not considered to be in interstate commerce and are not subject to regulation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 2434

The "Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2018" (AGDUFA) amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to reauthorize user fee programs relating to new animal drugs and generic new animal drugs.

SUBSTITUTED BY H.R. 5554

S 2469

The "STAAR Act" (Strategies to Address Antibiotic Resistance Act) would amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance efforts to address antibiotic resistance.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 2615

The "Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2018" would require the Department of Health & Human Services and the USDA to adopt a One Health framework with other agencies to improve coordination among those studying animal and human health to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 2623

Amends Title 49 (Transportation), Section 395 (Hours of Service-Drivers), Part 2 (Definitions) of the Code of Federal Regulations to require the Secretary of Transportation to modify hours of service requirements to include ALL fish in the definition of "agricultural commodity".

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 2633

The "Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act of 2018" would amend Title 28 (Judiciary & Judicial Procedure), Chapter 31 (Attorney General) of US Code with respect to civil forfeitures relating to certain seized animals.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 2738

Amends Title 49 USC to require air carrier passengers with service animals to adhere to a standard of service animal behavior training.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 2778

The "Saving America's Vulnerable Endangered Species Act" amends the ESA of 1973 to include a prohibition on the listing of a living nonnative species as a threatened species or an endangered species.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 3042

The "Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018" (Farm Bill) provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.

SUBSTITUTED BY H.R. 2

S 3099

The "Strengthening Antibiotic Oversight Act" would require review of durations of use of approved indications of medically-important antibiotics labeled for use in animals.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

S 3210

The "Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2018" would establish an improved regulatory process to prevent the introduction and establishment of injurious wildlife in the United States that is likely to cause:  1) economic or environmental harm; or 2) harm to humans or animal health.

DIED IN COMMITTEE

SRES 144

Senate Resolution designating May 1, 2017 as "National Purebred Dog Day".

DIED IN COMMITTEE

REG 71625

Proposal by the USFWS to notify the public that, based on new information, they are making changes to the proposed rule of July 6, 2012, to list as endangered the northern subspecies of scarlet macaw (Ara macao cyanoptera) and the northern distinct vertebrate population segment (DPS) of the southern subspecies (A. m. macao).

WITHDRAWN

REG 87428

USDA/APHIS rulemaking amending animal dealer/exhibitor licensing requirements in its Animal Welfare Regulations, in order to reflect 2014 Farm Bill amendments made to the federal Animal Welfare Act.

ADOPTED

REG 2017-002

A rulemaking by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove the scarlet-chested parrot (Neophema splendida) and the turquoise parrot (Neophema pulchella) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

ADOPTED

REG 2017-003

A Notice from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (CDC) announcing changes in the application process to import into the U.S. a dog inadequately immunized against rabies.

ADOPTED

REG 2017-004

A USDA/APHIS Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection concerning importation of animals and animal products.

PENDING

REG 2017-005

Proposed rulemaking by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to initiate status reviews of seven giant clam species which have been petitioned for listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

PENDING

REG 2017-006

A USDA/APHIS rulemaking soliciting public comment on potential revisions to the licensing requirements under the Animal Welfare Act to include:  1) reducing licensing fees; and 2) strengthening existing safeguards that prevent any individual whose license has been suspended or revoked, or who has a history of noncompliance, from obtaining a license or working with regulated animals.

PENDING

REG 2018-001

Notice of Submission by the U.S. Department of Transportation of a Request for Renewal of a previously-approved information collection request regarding "Reports by Air Carriers on Incidents Involving Animals During Air Transport".

PENDING

REG 2018-002

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Transportation seeking comment on amending its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on transportation of service animals.

PENDING

REG 2018-003

A Notice of Public meetings posted by USDA/APHIS soliciting data and information from the public to aid in the development of criteria for recognizing the use of third-party inspection and certification programs when determining APHIS inspection frequencies at facilities licensed under the AWA.

WITHDRAWN

REG 2018-004

USDA/APHIS Notice requesting Office of Management & Budget (OMB) approval of a 3-year extension of an information collection associated with the Animal Welfare Act regulations for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of certain animals by dealers, research facilities, exhibitors, carriers, and intermediate handlers.

PENDING

REG 2018-005

A Request for Comment and Notice of Public Hearing (Docket Number USTR-2018-0026) by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative regarding the imposition of an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on products of China (to include live ornamental fish).

PENDING

REG 2018-006

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service rulemakIng seeks to revise current regulations which extend most of the prohibitions for activities involving endangered species to threatened species, in order to align its practice with NOAA Fisheries, so the two agencies are consistent in their application of this provision of the Endangered Species Act.

PENDING

REG 2018-007

Proposed rulemaking to reclassify the golden conure from endangered to threatened on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

PENDING

REG 2018-008

A National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) 90-day finding and request for information on a petition to list the Cauliflower coral (Pocillopora meandrina) in Hawaii as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

PENDING

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