Oregon State Legislation

2017 Regular Session information, below, will be updated throughout the session.


Animal-Related Legislation in 2017

View a complete list of 2017 bills on the Oregon Legislature website here.

Oregon consistently ranks among the top three states in the nation based on the strength of its laws protecting animals. During this year’s legislative session in Salem, OHS will once again work in support of new measures to fight animal cruelty and bring offenders to justice. Highlights of the current session will be included below. Watch for updates.

March 29 Hearing

OHS and other animal advocates will be testifying in Salem on March 29 in favor of five bills to strengthen Oregon laws protecting animals. Learn more about the bills here.

How You Can Help

One of the most important things individuals can do to advocate for animals is to contact your local legislators. Let them know which animal rights issues concern you and your community. Get started here »


Current Proposed Animal Legislation

HB 2026

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Appropriates money from General Fund to Department of Justice for 2017-2019 biennium for purposes of resource prosecutor position dedicated to assisting prosecution of offenses involving detriment or risk of detriment to animals. Declares emergency, effective July 1, 2017.
Status: Referred to Judiciary with subsequent referral to Ways and Means, 1/17/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 2107*

OHS Position: Oppose
Summary: Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county.
Status: Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1/17/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 2576

OHS Position: Oppose
Summary: Permits part or product of animal species covered by wildlife trafficking prevention program to be distributed, sold or have legal ownership transferred to bone fide scientific or educational institutional for scientific of educational purposes. Clarifies definition of “covered animal species.” Makes conforming changes. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status: Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1/17/17. Public hearing held, 2/28/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 2589*

OHS Position: Oppose
Summary: Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county.
Status: Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1/17/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 2625

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Provides that forfeiture petition may be filed for animal impounded pending outcome of animal crime even if specific animal is not named in charging instrument.
Status: Referred to Judiciary, 1/17/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 2637

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Creates crime of animal abuse in third degree. Makes violation punishable by maximum of 30 days’ imprisonment, $1,250 fine, or both.
Status: Referred to Judiciary, 1/17/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 3177

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Allows seizure, constructive possession and forfeiture of hens and chicks used in connection with cockfighting operation. Amends existing offense of forcible recovery of fighting bird, punishable by maximum of five years’ imprisonment, $125,000 fine, or both, to include forcible recovery of seized hens and chicks. Revises offense elements to conform language to related statutes.
Status: Referred to Judiciary, 3/7/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 3282

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Removes psittacines not bred and maintained commercially from definition of “livestock” used for laws regarding offenses committed against animals, interference with livestock production, unlawful possession of iodine matrix and dogs chasing livestock.
Status: Referred to Judiciary, 3/9/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 3283

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Amends findings by Legislative Assembly regarding provision of care and treatment for impounded or seized animals. Prohibits person convicted of animal neglect in the first degree or animal neglect in the second degree from possessing certain animals for period of 15 years after conviction if crime of conviction was felony. Clarifies that person convicted of possessing animal in violation of prohibition may be further prohibited from possessing certain animals as condition of probation.
Status: Referred to Judiciary, 3/9/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HCR 16

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Designates rescued shelter dogs as official state dog.
Status: Referred to Rules Committee, 1/17/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

SB 6

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Modifies trap check requirements. Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt by rule wildlife control operator permit program for persons acting as agents of landowners or lawful occupants in taking wildlife causing damage. Requires certain persons engaged in trapping activities to meet certain reporting requirements. Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to compile statewide annual trapping report and make report publicly available.
Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources, 1/17/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

SB 222

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Directs Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board to adopt rules to require person licensed to practice veterinary medicine to provide written copy of prescription for animal medication to animal owner. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status: Public Hearing held, 2/13/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

SB 371*

OHS Position: Oppose
Summary:
Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county.
Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources, then Rules, 1/17/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

SB 458*

OHS Position: Oppose
Summary: Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt controlled hunt program for hunting cougars with dogs.
Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources, 1/17/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

SB 600

OHS Position: Oppose
Summary: Establishes personal income tax credit for contributions to charitable organizations. Limits availability of credit based on federal adjusted gross income. Applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.
Status: Referred to Finance and Revenue, then Tax Credits, 1/17/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

SB 662

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Creates crime of causing an animal to ingest marijuana. Punishes by maximum of six months’ imprisonment, $6,500 fine, or both.
Status: Referred to Judiciary, 2/16/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »


February 2017: OHS joins coalition of agencies urging Oregon lawmakers to oppose cruel cougar trophy hunting bills – read more »

Summary: Opposition to HB 2107, HB 2589, SB 371 and SB 458* – Cougar Hunting with Hounds
* above indicates bill is one of these cougar-related bills

Various bills introduced aiming to allow counties to opt out of Measure 18, which makes hunting cougars with hounds illegal. View details of each bill listed above.

 


Previous Years

Review Past Legislation Here »

How You Can Help

One of the most important things individuals can do to advocate for animals is to contact your local legislators. Let them know which animal rights issues concern you and your community. Get started here »