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Support H.626

Important legislation that will help animals needs your support. This is an important bill that will help animals and people in Vermont (the Senate also has a companion bill S.292). Read the bill here, and read our Fact Sheet  that summarizes the key points of this bill.

If you agree that we need stronger enforcement of Vermont’s animal welfare laws, please stay apprised, and support this bill

The first hearing for H. 626, An Act Related to Animal Welfare, was held in the House Committee on Government Operations and Military Affairs Thursday, January 25th. You can watch a recording of the hearing here.

If you live in one of the districts/towns listed below, your state representative serves on the House Government Operations and Military Affairs Committee where the Animal Welfare Act was assigned.

Please contact them to ask for their support of H.626 – let them know you’re a constituent and why the bill is important to you! If your Representative is listed as a sponsor, it’s also important to thank them for their leadership. You can find more information about the bill, including talking points and a detailed fact sheet, on the Vermont Humane Federation’s legislative page: https://vermonthumane.org/legislation/active-bills/

If you are not sure who your representatives are, find them here.

Vermont House Committee on Government Operations and Military Affairs (2023/2024)

Rep. Michael McCarthy (D), Chair, Franklin-3 (St. Albans)

Rep. Matthew Birong (D), Vice Chair, Addison-3 (Addison, Ferrisburgh, New Haven, Panton, Vergennes, Waltham,

Rep. Mark Higley (R), Ranking Member, Orleans-Lamoille (Coventry, Eden, Irasburg, Jay, Lowell, Newport, Troy, Westport)

Rep. Chea Waters Evans (D), Chittenden-5 (Charlotte, Hinesburg) THANK HER her for being lead sponsor of the bill.                      

Rep. Lucy Boyden (D), Clerk, Lamoille-3 (Cambridge, Waterville) THANK HER for sponsoring the bill.

Rep. Seth Chase (D), Chittenden-20 (Colchester)

Rep. Lisa HangoFranklin-5 (Berkshire, Franklin, Highgate, Richford)

Rep. Philip Jay Hooper (D), Orange-Washington-Addison (Braintree, Brookfield, Granville, Randolph, Roxbury– CVHS’s service area!)

Rep. Robert Hooper (D), Chittenden-18 (Burlington)

Rep. Michael Morgan (R), Grand Isle-Chittenden (Alburgh, Grand Isle, Isle LaMotte, Milton, North Hero, South Hero)

Rep. Michael Mrowicki (D), Windham-4 (Dummerston, Putney)

Rep. Kate Nugent (D), Chittenden-10 (So. Burlington)