MD HB22 | 2022 | Regular Session

Note: Carry Over of previous HB445


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)
Status: Passed on April 21 2022 - 100% progression
Action: 2022-04-21 - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 178
Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [PDF]


Prohibiting a veterinary practitioner from performing certain declawing procedures on a cat unless the procedure is necessary for a therapeutic purpose; authorizing the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to impose certain disciplinary actions on a veterinary practitioner for willful violations of the prohibition; providing that a violation of the Act is a civil offense; and providing that a person who violates the Act is subject to a fine of up to $1,000.

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Animal Welfare - Declawing Cats - Prohibited Acts


Roll Calls

2022-04-07 - Senate - Third Reading Passed (Y: 34 N: 12 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2022-03-10 - House - Third Reading Passed (Y: 112 N: 25 NV: 2 Abs: 2) [PASS]


2022-04-21HouseApproved by the Governor - Chapter 178
2022-04-08HouseReturned Passed
2022-04-07SenateThird Reading Passed (34-12)
2022-04-06SenateSecond Reading Passed
2022-04-06SenateFavorable Adopted
2022-04-06SenateFavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2022-03-11SenateReferred Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2022-03-10HouseThird Reading Passed (112-25)
2022-03-08HouseSecond Reading Passed with Amendments
2022-03-08HouseFavorable with Amendments {413526/1 Adopted
2022-03-07HouseFavorable with Amendments Report by Environment and Transportation
2022-01-10HouseHearing 1/19 at 1:00 p.m.
2022-01-12HouseFirst Reading Environment and Transportation

Same As/Similar To

HB445 (Carry Over) 2020-01-28 - Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m.
SB67 (Crossfiled) 2022-04-21 - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 179


Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
Agriculture2301(n/a)See Bill Text
Agriculture2310(n/a)See Bill Text
Agriculture2310.1(n/a)See Bill Text
Agriculture2313.3(n/a)See Bill Text
Criminal Law10625.1(n/a)See Bill Text

Maryland State Sources

Bill Comments