OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5148 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT MAKING MINOR REVISIONS TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE GENERAL STATUTES REGARDING COMMERCIAL KENNEL SERVICES ADVERTISEMENTS.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires anyone who offers commercial kennel services, such as dog boarding or grooming, to obtain a commercial kennel license from the agriculture commissioner and include the license number in any advertisement for his or her services. These are current requirements for anyone who maintains a commercial kennel. As under existing law, a license applicant must apply to the commissioner in writing, pay a $200 fee, and comply with relevant state and municipal regulations. Licenses expire December 31 and may be renewed annually. By law, the commissioner may adopt regulations to establish the size, font, and location of license numbers in advertisements.

A “commercial kennel” is a place maintained for the boarding or grooming of dogs or cats, including a veterinary hospital that boards or grooms dogs or cats for nonmedical reasons.

*House Amendment “A” makes a technical correction to the definition of commercial kennel.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

29

Nay

0

(02/24/2016)