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File No. 22

    February Session, 2016

House Bill No. 5148

House of Representatives, March 10, 2016

The Committee on Environment reported through REP. ALBIS of the 99th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.

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

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 22-344 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) (1) No person shall maintain a commercial kennel or offer the services of a commercial kennel, as defined in section 22-327, until he or she has obtained from the commissioner a license to maintain [such] a commercial kennel under such regulations as the commissioner provides as to sanitation, disease and humane treatment of dogs or cats and the protection of the public safety. Upon written application and the payment of a fee of two hundred dollars, the commissioner shall issue such license to be effective until the ensuing December thirty-first provided the commissioner finds (A) that such regulations have been complied with, and (B) in the case of each initial application for such license, that the zoning enforcement official of the municipality wherein such kennel is to be maintained has certified that the kennel conforms to the municipal zoning regulations. Such license shall be renewed annually, not later than December thirty-first, in accordance with the provisions of this section, and may be transferred by the licensee to another premises upon approval of the commissioner.

(2) Any person who maintains a commercial kennel [and who advertises the services of such commercial kennel] or who offers the services of a commercial kennel, as defined in section 22-327, when advertising such commercial kennel or services shall cause the assigned license number, [for such commercial kennel,] as issued pursuant to [this section] subdivision (1) of this subsection, to clearly appear in [such] any form of advertisement for such commercial kennel or services. The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to prescribe the requirements for the appearance of [the] such license number [of a commercial kennel] in any form of advertisement. Such regulation may include, but need not be limited to, the size, font and location of such license number for any given form of advertisement.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

22-344(a)

ENV

Joint Favorable

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires anyone who offers kennel services to display certain information in advertisements. This does not result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5148

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 boarding or grooming dogs, 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.

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

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

29

Nay

0

(02/24/2016)

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