Georgia Call to Action 2 24 13: Stop HB 409 – this bill would prohibit counties, municipalities or local authorities in Georgia from requiring spaying or neutering, etc.
HB 409 would prohibit local governments from requiring spaying or neutering; prohibit higher licensing fees for intact animals, prohibit banning of certain breeds of animals and more. See below for the text of the bill.
Please contact your legislator and/or these sponsors in the Georgia House of Representatives and ask them to stop this bill!
This bill is sponsored by: (1) Knight, David 130th(2) Roberts, Jay 155th(3) Burns, Jon 159th (4) Ehrhart, Earl 36th(5) Shaw, Jason 176th
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Committees: This will probably be assigned to the House State Planning & Community Affairs- a meeting has not been scheduled at this time.
First Reader Summary:
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 60 of Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to provisions applicable to counties and municipal corporations, so as to prohibit local governments from adopting certain regulations pertaining to animals; to amend Code Section 4-8-1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to intent of chapter regulating dogs, so as to limit authority of local governments to establish dog control regulations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Feb/22/2013 – House Second Readers
Feb/21/2013 – House First Readers
Feb/20/2013 – House Hopper
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House Bill 409
By: Representatives Knight of the 130th, Roberts of the 155th, Burns of the 159th, Ehrhart of
the 36th, and Shaw of the 176th
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1 To amend Chapter 60 of Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to
2 provisions applicable to counties and municipal corporations, so as to prohibit local
3 governments from adopting certain regulations pertaining to animals; to amend Code Section
4 4-8-1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to intent of chapter regulating dogs,
5 so as to limit authority of local governments to establish dog control regulations; to provide
6 for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
7 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
8 SECTION 1.
9 Chapter 60 of Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to provisions
10 applicable to counties and municipal corporations, is amended by adding a new Code section
11 to read as follows:
13 No county, municipality, or local authority shall, except to the extent authorized by state
14 or federal law, adopt any ordinance, resolution, or local law:
15 (1) Requiring the spaying or neutering of any animal;
16 (2) Requiring a higher license, registration, or ownership fee or tax for animals which
17 are not spayed or neutered;
18 (3) Preventing the ownership, breeding, transfer, sale, purchase, tethering, training, or
19 transportation of dogs used for the lawful pursuit of game, field trials, shows, or disability
20 services; or
21 (4) Banning the sale or ownership of any specific breed of domestic dog or cat.”
22 SECTION 2.
23 Code Section 4-8-1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to intent of chapter
24 regulating dogs, is amended as follows:
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26 It is the intention of this chapter to establish as state law minimum standards for the control
27 and regulation of dogs and to establish state crimes for violations of such minimum
28 standards. However, this chapter shall not prohibit Except as provided in Code Section
29 36-60-27, local governments shall not be prohibited from adopting and enforcing
30 ordinances or resolutions which provide for more restrictive control and regulation of dogs
31 than the minimum standards provided for in this chapter.”
32 SECTION 3.
33 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.
Humane Association of Georgia, Inc.
A statewide coalition of humane societies, animal control and rescue groups and individuals.
About the organization:
HAGA is known for the Animal Protection Act of 2000 that makes some acts of animal cruelty a felony and the Dog and Cat Sterilization License Plates that and the Dog and Cat Tax Check Off to fund statewide spay/neuter projects. We were instrumental in the passage of the Veterinary Practice Act and Child Endangerment Act and for stopping many pieces of bad animal legislation. We were formed at the request of the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. Our formation allowed Georgia to be the first state by law to allow animals in disaster shelters. We were formed to support good animal legislation, provide education about good animal stewardship and help animals in times of disaster. HAGA is a member of the Georgia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster