MD SB67 | 2022 | Regular Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Passed on April 21 2022 - 100% progression
Action: 2022-04-21 - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 179
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

2022-04-04 - House - Third Reading Passed (Y: 102 N: 24 NV: 4 Abs: 11) [PASS]
2022-02-21 - Senate - Third Reading Passed (Y: 32 N: 14 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2022-02-17 - Senate - Floor Amendment 843821/1 (Senator Jennings) Rejected (Y: 18 N: 29 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [FAIL]


2022-04-21SenateApproved by the Governor - Chapter 179
2022-04-04SenateReturned Passed
2022-04-04HouseThird Reading Passed (102-24)
2022-04-01HouseFavorable Adopted Second Reading Passed
2022-03-31HouseFavorable Report by Environment and Transportation
2022-03-31HouseFavorable Report by Environment and Transportation
2022-02-22HouseReferred Environment and Transportation
2022-02-21SenateThird Reading Passed (32-14)
2022-02-17SenateSecond Reading Passed with Amendments
2022-02-17SenateFloor Amendment {843821/1 (Senator Jennings) Rejected (18-29)
2022-02-17SenateFavorable with Amendments {253825/1 Adopted
2022-02-16SenateMotion Laid Over (Senator Jennings) Adopted
2022-02-16SenateFavorable with Amendments {253825/1
2022-02-15SenateFavorable with Amendments Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2022-01-14SenateHearing 1/25 at 1:30 p.m.
2022-01-12SenateFirst Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Same As/Similar To

HB22 (Crossfiled) 2022-04-21 - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 178


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