HB 1186 - VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES

 

15Mar2022... 0727h

05/05/2022   1750s

26May2022... 2118EBA

 

2022 SESSION

22-2269

08/04

 

HOUSE BILL 1186

 

AN ACT relative to companion animals during a declared state of emergency.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Gallager, Merr. 15; Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. Amanda Bouldin, Hills. 12

 

COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires shelters to accept companion animals during a declared state of emergency.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

15Mar2022... 0727h

05/05/2022   1750s

26May2022... 2118EBA 22-2269

08/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two

 

AN ACT relative to companion animals during a declared state of emergency.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Subdivision; Emergency Shelter for Companion Animals.  Amend RSA 126-A by inserting after section 97 the following new subdivision:

Emergency Shelter for Companion Animals

126-A:98  State Policy for Companion Animals.  During a declared state of emergency as defined in RSA 4:45, III(c) containing an evacuation order, any hotel or community shelter that shelters evacuated persons shall allow disaster animal response trailers, or other reasonable accommodations, on site to accommodate any companion animal belonging to such evacuated persons.  The maximum number of animals per sheltered family shall comply with local ordinances.  For the purpose of this section, "companion animal" means a cat, dog, or other legally-owned animal kept in an enclosure that might typically be found in a home.  During such emergency, any volunteer who has been vetted by the department of health and human services and is a member of the disaster animal response team and is assisting evacuated persons and companion animals shall be considered an emergency worker under RSA 21-P:41, VI(c).

2  Contingency; HB1022.  If HB 1022 of the 2022 regular legislative session becomes law, then RSA 126-A:98 as inserted by section 1 of this act shall be renumbered as RSA 126-A:99.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.