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Old 12-09-2002, 06:22 PM   #1
Washington state law issues

Please read this:

House Bill 1725 will make ownership of many snakes and lizards in Washington State a crime. Larger species of pythons, boas, monitors as well as helodermas have been singled out in this bill.

People owning animals listed in this bill prior to its effective date could only continue to keep their animals after complying with impossibly complex and expensive restrictions.
These restrictions include $250,000.00 liability per animal, permits, fees, warning signs at all entrances, inspections and much more.

There could be no new owners and if there were any grandfathered animals still alive, breeding those animals could become very problematic.

Full Story here:

Old 12-10-2002, 01:09 AM   #2
Thats VERY old....

This bill has stalled in committee
While no one has yet driven a stake through the monsters heart it hasn't moved in some time now.

i was a part of that, as i'm part of PNHS.. There was a huge uproar about that bill, and it was not passed.. there is word of them bringing the bill back up under the table so to speak, but nothing has come of it...
Old 12-10-2002, 10:21 AM   #3
Rob Hill/Geckos Anonymous
Unfortunately, a bill like this must be watched and tracked very carefully. Oftentimes bills like this that get tabled will be piggybacked as part of another bill(a herp restriction law being an ammendment to a forestry bill for instance)so that it flies in under the radar so to speak.
However, if your group had a strong enough voice to help get it tabled the first time around, hopefully you will be able to continue keeping it off the books.
Old 12-10-2002, 12:32 PM   #4
Hey Kestrel,

I am joining PNHS after xmas. Didn't know you posted here.

Even tho this bad boy has stalled...like it has been said before we need to keep a watch over it so it dos not sneak up on us.

Old 12-10-2002, 10:11 PM   #5
oh are ya? whats your name? do i know you?

yeah.. but what happened the first time around, its unlikely that it'll ever pass.. lol.. the ASPCA sent these 2 16 year old kids to defend their side of the arguement, while "our" side sent one of the leading herp and exotics vets.. he argued a very good case.. "So are you going to ban Cheeseburgers, and pittbulls too? they kill ALOT more people then herps do".. lol.
Old 12-11-2002, 06:46 PM   #6
Steph Scranton
We have been keeping an eye on a similiar bill here in NYS. Even though our bill has also stalled, we have to keep on top of it every second because they rewrite it and try again. The legislaters are sneaky buggers, watch your back.
Old 06-20-2003, 04:55 AM   #7
Washington status?

OK, does anyone have a status on Washington state? Last I heard, HB 1151 was the latest incarnation of their exotics ban attempt, and it died in committee in the last session.

However, Jason from Classic Dums said in another thread that something has recently been passed? True or not true? Any Washington residents here have the current scoop on this? I'm moving up there in another week, so I'm curious.
Old 06-20-2003, 05:05 AM   #8
OK, here's the status page for it:


The latest update is now:

"Jun 11 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status."

So... I'm assuming this means it's not dead yet? Anybody out there who speaks legislaturese to answer that one?

This appears to be the text under consideration:


Apparently, only venomous snakes and croc and water monitors are banned under this version. It also seems that the options for local jurisdictions adding animals to the list have been restricted a bit more than in earlier versions.

Here's where the HSUS says it's dead:


Oh, and take notes on the supporters listed at the top of that. Please give each of them an anti-vote in the next election.
Old 07-23-2003, 09:48 PM   #9
Washington State Links

State Homepage - http://www.access.wa.gov/

State Legislature - http://www.leg.wa.gov/

State Statutes/Code - http://www.access.wa.gov/government/awlaws.asp
Old 01-20-2005, 02:16 PM   #10
The Washington ban is Back!!!

HB 1151 has been granted a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 1:30pm in House Hearing Room B in the John L. O’Brien Building. Please try to attend the hearing.

If you do not know yet who represents you, go to www.leg.wa.gov. Click on Find Out Who Represents You/District Finder. Enter your address and you will be given the names of your Legislators. You can click directly onto your Representatives name and then at the next screen, you will find their email address and phone number in Olympia. Or you can call the Toll-Free Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and give the operator your address — he or she will tell you who your Senator and two Representatives are.

If you can also contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee, that would be great. Please write, call, or email them today and ask them to please support HB 1151. Don’t forget to tell them that you are a Washington State resident.

House Judiciary Committee members:

Representative Pat Lantz, Chair

Representative Tom Campbell

Representative Dennis Flannigan

Representative Steve Kirby

Representative Skip Priest

Representative John Serben

Representative Larry Springer

Representative Brendon Williams

Representative Alex Wood

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