With input from the Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) and Government Relations and Advocacy Committee (GRAC), the MVMA Executive Board has vote on the below positions.
The current session started on January 4, 2023 and formal sessions end on July 31, 2024. January 20 was the deadline for bills to be filed. Bills can also be filed during the session as “late files.”
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2023-2024 Position Review
Bills We Support:
H.267 - An Act Relative to the Registration of Veterinarians
This bill would change the licensing period for veterinarians from every year to every other year.
S.1218 - An Act Relative to Non-Compete Agreements for Veterinarians
This bill would render any non-competes for veterinarians null and void
This bill requires digitization of pesticide use forms for better monitoring of the use of Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs), and requires the increased use of Integrated Pest Management strategies in Massachusetts.
This bill would create a subsidiary board for veterinary technology under the Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine to:
This bill contains a collection of measures which work to strengthen and finesse our animal cruelty laws.
H.1604 - An Act Addressing Investigations of Reports of Abuse and Neglect
This bill would improve laws relating to the reporting of animal abuse by human services agencies by removing the time limitation by which they need to make such reports.
This bill would prevent the Department of Children and Families from using breed as a factor to determine whether a family can adopt or foster children. It also will remove timing restrictions in the statutes that allow employees and contractors of human services agencies to report suspected animal cruelty. Currently, the timeframe for this reporting has been interpreted to apply only to the 10-day investigation period. This bill will ensure that suspected animal cruelty can be reported at any time the employee or contractor suspects it.
H.2423: An Act relative to providing advanced life support to police dogs
This bill amends Nero's Law to allow for advanced life support training for paramedics to assist police K9s injured in the line of duty.