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Teddy’s Law (HB 4881 and HB 4882) is sponsored by Rep. Hertel. It would require research facilities to offer dogs or cats no longer used in research to a registered animal shelter located in Michigan for adoption, unless euthanizing the animal is required for health or safety reasons. The bill provides research facilities, as well as the shelters that accept the animals, immunity from civil liability if they act in good faith concerning the health and physical condition of the animal.

House Bill 4882, sponsored by Rep. Brann, would require research facilities that use dogs and cats to submit an annual report to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development about those animals adopted during the preceding year and would establish civil penalties for failure to comply with adoption standards.

Update May 2022: This bill is currently awaiting a vote in the House Regulatory Reform Committee. There was a hearing, but the hearing was not followed by a vote. A majority vote is needed for this bill to move forward.

To show support for this bill, here are ways you can help:
  • Contact your Michigan State Representative to encourage this committee to vote on these bills. Not sure who your Representative is?   CLICK HERE
  • Call the chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, Representative Roger Hauck, at (517) 373-1789 and ask him for a vote BEFORE the lame duck session this fall on Teddy’s Law. Waiting until the fall will not give this bill enough time to move forward.

HB 4784 would increase the sheltering standards for dogs who live outdoors. It would, among other things, prohibit the use of unmodified plastic and metal barrels, and require that outdoor shelters have real floors (no wire). This bill is sponsored by Rep. Brann.

Update May 2022: This bill is still sitting in committee and awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. The chair of the Judiciary committee must call for a hearing on this bill for this bill to move forward.

To show support for this bill, here are ways you can help:


HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW

Step 1: Bills are Introduced
~Someone comes up with an idea (usually in the form of a complaint or suggestion from a constituent).
~A legislator works with staff to craft a bill that changes current law to address the complaint or suggestion.
~Bills get a number – House Bills start at #4001; Senate Bills at #1.
~MANY bills are introduced, as many as 5,000 in a two- year legislative session.

Step 2: Bills are Referred to a Committee
~All bills are referred to either a standing committee or the appropriations committee.
~Very few bills are actually discussed by a committee – the committee chair decides which bills are discussed, and which aren’t. Many go through the entire two-year legislative session without ever being discussed at all.

Step 3: Bills are Discussed by a Committee
~Committee members discuss and debate the bill.
~The committee may also hold public hearings on the bill – opportunity for public input.

Step 4: Committee Action
~Committees will vote the bill out of committee – a majority of committee
members decides to recommend if they think the bill should be passed, or they can make changes to the bill, or they can suggest that another committee look at the bill.
~Amendments result in substitute bills.

Step 5: Floor Action
~A majority of the full House or Senate decides to pass the bill.
~Legislators can vote to return the bill to a committee for further discussion.
~Some bills are postponed for consideration, and some are tabled and are not considered again.

Step 6: Step 2-5 All Over Again
~Bills need to pass both the House and Senate.
~Bills passed in both chambers need to be identical.

Step 7: The Governor Decides
~The Governor can veto any bill, or part of any appropriations bill.
~Needs a 2/3 majority in the House and Senate to override a veto.

Adapted from the Michigan Legislative Service Bureau publication of the same name.