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.

Legislative Hearings & News

May 4: Progress update, including the passage through the House of four bills »

April 27: Hearing on HCR 16, designating the shelter dog as the Oregon state dog. Hearing details here »

Read testimony submitted by individuals about this bill »

April 6: Hearing on HB 3044, relating to dogs riding in the back of vehicles. See below for more details. More about the hearing (PDF).

March 29: 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 »


Proposed Animal Legislation – 2017 Regular Session

HB 2026 – pending

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* – did not pass

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: Did not receive enough support to continue, 5/4/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 2576 – did not pass

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: Did not receive enough support to continue.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 2589* – did not pass

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: Did not receive enough support to continue, 5/4/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 2625 – passed

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: Passed the House, 5/4/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 2637 – did not pass

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: Did not pass the House, 5/4/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 2732 – passed

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Provides that person who enters motor vehicle to remove child or domestic animal in imminent danger of suffering harm is not subject to criminal or civil liability if person meets certain requirements. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status: Passed the House, 5/4/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative Information »

HB 3177 – passed

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: Passed the House, 5/4/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 3282 – pending

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 – passed

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: Passed the House, 5/4/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

HB 3429 – did not pass

OHS Position: Oppose
Summary: Clarifies definition of “covered animal species” for purposes of wildlife trafficking prevention program. Makes conforming changes. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status: Did not receive enough support to continue.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »
OHS Testimony »
Fact Sheet from Save Endangered Animals Oregon »

HCR 16 – pending

OHS Position: Support
Summary: Designates rescued shelter dogs as official state dog.
Status: Referred to Rules Committee, 1/17/17. Public hearing, 4/27/17.
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* – did not pass

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: Did not receive enough support to continue, 5/4/17.
Links: Oregon Legislative information »

SB 458* – did not pass

OHS Position: Oppose
Summary: Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt controlled hunt program for hunting cougars with dogs.
Status: Did not receive enough support to continue, 5/4/17.
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.

Update, May 2017: These bills will not continue as they did not receive enough support in the House or Senate. Thank you to all who contacted your legislators.


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 »