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2013 House Bill 5061: Mandate criminal background check to adopt a pet
  1. Introduced by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on October 8, 2013, to mandate that animal shelters must check a government criminal records database before letting person adopt an animal, and prohibit adoptions the records show a person committed an animal cruelty offense in the past five years.
    • Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on October 8, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on January 22, 2014, with the recommendation that the bill be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on January 22, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on February 6, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Harvey Santana (D) on June 11, 2014, to remove a provision requiring enactment of two related bills, Senate Bill 603 and House Bill 4534, for this bill to become law. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 11, 2014.
  2. Passed 89 to 21 in the House on June 12, 2014, to prohibit animal shelters from allowing a person to adopt an animal if the background check mandated by House Bill 4534 showed the person had committed an animal abuse offense in the past five years.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on July 16, 2014.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 16, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 1, 2014, with the recommendation that the bill pass.

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