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STATE INITIATIVES


HB2025: animal cruelty; domestic animals; classification

The list of acts constituting cruelty to animals would be expanded to include intentionally or knowingly subjecting a domestic animal (one kept primarily as a pet or companion) to cruel mistreatment or intentionally killing an animal without legal privilege or consent of the owner. Punishment for animal abuse would be a category 5 (second-lowest) felony. Read the full bill. Arizona Humane Society and the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona strongly support HB2025. 

HB2329: pet dealers; purchaser remedies

The bill offers protection for people who buy pets with a preexisting illness or injury, as well as allowing cities to decide how pet stores get animals, and potentially stop stores from selling puppy mill pets. Read the full bill. Arizona Humane Society and the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona strongly support HB2329.

HB2359: income tax, charitable deductions

Changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 doubled the standard deduction, limiting the number of taxpayers who might continue to itemize, thereby also potentially reducing charitable giving. The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Nonprofit Policy Council have introduced a bill in Arizona that would allow taxpayers to take the charitable deduction on their state taxes whether they itemize or not. Read the full billArizona Humane Society and the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona strongly support HB2359. 

HB2421: animal cruelty; working animals; harassment

The bill expands protection for animals to include protections against harassment of working animals (for example, police dogs left in a vehicle). Cruelty to animals under these circumstances is a class 1 (highest) misdemeanor. Read the full billArizona Humane Society and the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona strongly support HB2421. 

HB2588: animal abuser registration; penalties

The bill would require that any adult convicted of cruelty to animals or animal fighting must register with the Secretary of State. It would also mandate that in 2020, anyone that sells, gives or adopts three or more animals a year would be allowed to check the registry and would be prohibited from selling, giving or adopting out to someone listed Read the full bill. We support HB2588.