Michigan Legislation

For the 2013-2014 Legislative Session

Michigan House of Representatives: Search for your Representative here.

Michigan Senate: Search for your Senator here. 

SB 117/118  “Puppy Protection Act” 

  • Bill Would Regulate Large-Scale Breeders, enact standards of care and limit the number of breeding dogs
  • Reintroduced from last year when bill did not get out of Senate Agriculture Committee
  • Protects consumers from purchasing sick puppies
  • Supported by Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, Michigan Humane Society, Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

        Action needed:  

SB 285/286  Tougher Penalties for Pet Stores and Breeders 

  • Bill would strengthen current animal cruelty laws to facilitate prosecution of animal crimes involving large numbers of animals
  • Requested by Wayne County Prosecutor’s office
  • Introduced 3/21/13 by Senator Steven Bieda 

       Action needed:  

SB 348  Consumer Protection for Purchasers of Dogs and Cats (Pet Lemon Law)

  • Bill would protect families from excessive veterinary costs associated with purchasing sick pets
  • Will not impact rescue groups, shelters or veterinarians

       Action needed:  

SB 354 End the Gassing of Michigan’s Shelter Pets (Grant’s Bill)

  • Bill would require Michigan animal shelters to only use EBI (Euthanasia by Injection) and ban the use of gas chambers
  • Introduced 5/8/13 by Senator Rick Jones 

       Action needed:  

SB 386  Restrictions on Pet Ownership for Convicted Abusers

  • Bill would restrict future ownership of pets for individuals convicted of certain animal cruelty crimes. This common-sense measure will prevent abused or tortured animals from being returned to their abuser, as well as prevent future animals from suffering at the hands of a known abuser.

       Action needed:  

  • Ask your legislator to vote YES on this bill

HB 4168   Repeals Mandate for Sheriffs to Kill Unlicensed Dogs

Would repeal a law that requires county sheriffs to locate and kill all unlicensed dogs, and which defines failure to do so as nonfeasance in office.

    Action needed:  

  • Ask your legislator to vote YES on this bill

HB 4300  “Primates as Pets Act”

  • Would prohibit ownership possession, breeding, sale, and importing of nonhuman primates as pets in Michigan.

   Action needed:  

  • Ask your legislator to vote YES on this bill

HB 4335   Allow Dogs in Outdoor Cafés

  • Revises a prohibition on restaurants allowing dogs in the dining area, so as to allow a restaurant to allow customers’ dogs in outside dining areas. Under current law only service dogs are allowed. Local governments could still ban dogs from outdoor areas.

    Action needed:  

  • Ask your legislator to vote YES on this bill

HB 4534   Prohibits Shelters from Adopting to People on Animal Abuse Registry 

  • Would prohibit animal control shelters from allowing people listed on the registry to adopt animals.
  • View more information here 
    Action needed:
  •      Ask your legislator to vote YES on this bill

 HB 4535   Establishes Animal Abuse Registry

  • Would require people convicted of animal abuse to submit their address, photograph, and social security number to local law enforcement and prescribes penalties.  
  • View more information here
    Action needed:
  • Ask your legislator to vote YES on this bill 

HB 4852   Allows Local Governments to Establish TNR Programs

  • Would permit a local unit of government to establish a trap-neutern-return program in which feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, and returned to the community or location where they were originally living.
    Action needed:
  • Ask your legislator to vote YES on this bill