A bill that would have placed tougher restrictions on pet stores that sell puppies and kittens, was significantly amended in the Senate and barely cleaned the room on Friday.
House Bill 1102 began as an effort to force the dozen or so pet stores that still sell kittens and puppies to stop sourcing animals from factories, though pet store owners testified at a hearing on the 25th. February that they use reputable breeders.
As introduced, the bill would require pet stores to provide customers with the price of the animal, information on the breeder, the cost of financing the sale, if necessary, as well as this information for customers. advertising. HB 1102 Also included a stipulation that prevented new or existing pet stores that had never sold dogs or cats from offering them. Pet store owners have claimed it will prohibit them from selling the business to family members or employees. Several said they put their savings in their stores and that investing was the only retirement they could count on.
There are about a dozen pet stores in Colorado licensed to sell puppies and kittens, and only nine, throughout the Front Range, do so on a regular basis. HB 1102 is on the animal rights agenda of First Gentleman Marlon Reis and the Humane Society of the United States.
The bill was amended by the House Agriculture, Livestock and Water Committee in February, allowing pet owners to sell their businesses to employees or members of the House. their family.
The bill encountered bigger problems when it got to the State Senate, where the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources removed the bill from the pet shops section. and licensing to family or employees, which means new pet store owners wanting licenses. selling puppies and kittens could still get them. *
Even that was not enough to gain the full support of the Senate, at least initially on Friday.
The first vote on HB 1102 had three Democrats, Sens. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, Kerry Donovan, D-Vail and Julie Gonzales, D-Denver, voted against. The tally was 17-16, which led Senate Speaker Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, to declare the bill passed. But it takes 18 votes to pass a bill, regardless of the number of members present. Gonzales then called for a reconsideration of the vote and went to a “yes” meaning it was passed by 18-15.
HB 1102 has yet to be returned to the House for consideration of the amendment that stripped the bill of one of its main provisions.
Correction: A previous version indicated that the Senate Committee on Agriculture stripped the bill of most of its main provisions.