Legislative Initiatives to Create a Safer Arizona
The 2022 Legislative Session is complete and has been a great success in helping us advance legislation to protect pets and advocate to fight cruelty and neglect.
Advocacy Victory: Veterinary Help Is On the Way
After months of advocating, we are thrilled to announce that SB 1271, a bill to help address a severe shortage of veterinarians in our state, has been approved as part of next year’s state budget. SB 1271 will provide student loan reimbursement of up to $100,000 to new veterinarians, who must work at least two years at a municipal, county, or nonprofit shelter like AHS or in an agricultural practice designated by the USDA. But wait, there’s more great news! This year’s legislative session also including the following key bills:
- HB 2323 passed and now insurance companies are prohibited from charging additional premiums or denying insurance to homeowners that have certain breeds of dogs that have been mislabeled as dangerous and aggressive.
- SB 1275 passed, allowing a city, town or county to prohibit the use of permissible consumer fireworks between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. on all days except the New Year and the Fourth of July holidays. As you know, fireworks can cause extreme stress for pets and can lead to them escaping from homes and yards. We are hopeful that cities will now take appropriate action to help reduce the number of pets who go lost or missing due to the use of fireworks.
- HB 2324 passed. It is now a misdemeanor to bring a child to an animal fight.
- HB 2014, widely known as the cat declaw bill, unfortunately failed to pass this year, despite our best efforts. However, we are pleased were able to bring awareness about the painful practice of declawing, and we are hopeful that we will be able to re-introduce the bill in a future session.
With all this great news, things are looking brighter than ever for the future of Arizona’s pets.