01RS HB41


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HB 41/LM/CI (BR 288) - R. Palumbo, M. Cherry, B. Colter, J. Jenkins

     AN ACT relating to crimes and punishments.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 525 to define animal torture, set penalties for animal torture, prescribe allocation of court costs, create exemptions, and distinguish animal torture from animal cruelty; amend KRS 525.130 to distinguish animal torture from animal cruelty and to exempt certain practices from the definition of animal cruelty.


     HCS/LM/CI - Permit, rather than require, the court to order counseling for a defendant convicted of animal torture; create an exception to the animal torture section and the cruelty to animals section for animal and pest control.
     HFA (1, J. Fischer) - Retain original provisions, add defense to charge of animal torture and cruelty to animals in the second degree for bona fide research by a business entity to the exemption for an institution of higher education.
     HFA (2, R. Palumbo) - Amend the exemption to the definition of animal torture relating to activities such as horse racing, training and showing.
     HFA (3, R. Palumbo) - Amend to provide for exemption of business entities engaged in lawful animal research in compliance with federal statutes and regulations related to animal welfare.
     HFA (4, R. Palumbo) - Amend to delete provision relating to seizure of all animals and restrict seizure and forfeiture to animal subject to violation of the law.

     Jan 2-introduced in House
     Jan 3-to State Government (H)
     Jan 4-reassigned to Judiciary (H)
     Feb 12-posted in committee
     Feb 22-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute ; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Feb 23-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, February 26, 2001; floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute
     Feb 26-floor amendment (3) filed to Committee Substitute
     Feb 27-floor amendment (4) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 1-retained in the Orders of the Day
     Mar 5-recommitted to Appropriations and Revenue (H)

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