Companion animals; adequate shelter and space. (SB1025)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from 10 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Tethering of animals; adequate shelter and space. Provides that in order to meet the requirement that an animal be given adequate space, a tether must be at least three times the length of the animal or 10 feet in length, whichever is greater, and not cause injury or pain, weigh more than one-tenth of the animal's body weight, or have weights or heavy objects attached to it. Current law requires that the tether be at least three times the length of the animal. The bill exempts agricultural animals from provisions of the law related to tethering. The bill defines "adequate shelter" to mean the provision of shelter that, during hot weather, is shaded and does not readily conduct heat and, during cold weather, has a windbreak at its entrance and provides sufficient bedding material. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


10/17/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100082D
10/17/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/09/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1025)
01/17/2019Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (7-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2019Read second time
01/22/2019Reading of amendments waived
01/22/2019Committee amendments agreed to
01/22/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1025E
01/22/2019Printed as engrossed 19100082D-E
01/23/2019Passed by for the day
01/24/2019Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2019Placed on Calendar
01/29/2019Read first time
01/29/2019Referred to Committee on Rules
02/12/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1025E)
02/12/2019Referred from Rules
02/12/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/12/2019Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #3
02/13/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/13/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
02/13/2019Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2019Committee substitute printed 19106905D-H1
02/14/2019Read second time
02/15/2019Read third time
02/15/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106905D-H1
02/15/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1025H1
02/15/2019Passed House with substitute (71-Y 24-N)
02/15/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (71-Y 24-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019House substitute agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Title replaced 19106905D-H1
02/19/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1025H1)
02/22/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1025ER)
02/22/2019Signed by President
02/22/2019Signed by Speaker
02/25/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1025ER)
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/22/2019Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/03/2019Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (19-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019Chair votes Yes
04/03/2019Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019Senate concurred in Governor's recommendations #1 and #2 (25-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019Senate rejected Governor's recommendation #3 (17-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019House rejected Governor's recommendations #1 and #2 (34-Y 64-N)
04/03/2019VOTE: REJECTED (34-Y 64-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to
04/03/2019House rejected Governor's recommendations # 1 and #2 (39-Y 60-N)
04/03/2019VOTE: REJECTED #2 (39-Y 60-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019Communicated to Governor
04/03/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 3, 2019
04/29/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 848 (effective 7/1/19)
04/29/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0848)