THE GA GENERAL ASSEMBLY MAY RECONVENE IN MID-JUNE
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GA Legislature suspended its proceedings on March 13 which put hundreds of bills on hold. June 11 is now being considered as a possible date to resume the 2020 legislative session but it’s undetermined how many bills will be tackled. According to state law, the only requirement of the General Assembly is to pass a balanced budget by June 30 for the current and upcoming fiscal years. Three animal protection bills (S.B. 338, S.B. 468, and S.B. 476) passed the Senate before the shutdown and are awaiting review by the House but their fate is now unknown. Stay tuned for further updates!
SB 338 would make it harder for puppy mills to operate in Georgia by requiring a financial assurance bond and background check
SB 468 is a Return to Owner bill that would require animal shelters to accept registration of veterans' service dogs
SB 476 would require Pet Dealers to microchip their dogs and cats.
SB 886 would require veterinarians to scan animals for microchips to verify ownership, alert law enforcement if necessary and receive immunity when testifying in court proceedings.
This bill is endorsed by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.