February 24, 2016


S.B. 285 was introduced in February 2015.

If enacted, the bill would have transformed “a person who knowingly fails to report evidence of cruelty to animals at an animal facility within 24 hours” into a person who “commits the offense of cruelty to animals.” The bill would also have criminalized entering an animal facility without consent and with intent to commit an “unlawful act,” including the creation of audio or visual records made with the intent to commit criminal defamation.

Violators of the statue would have faced the possibility of fines up to $1,000 or imprisonment of up to one year for a first offense.

S.B. 285 was tabled in the Agriculture Committee on March 26, 2015.

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