Senate Passes Animal Cruelty Bill

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The Senate passed six bills Tuesday, including one that would make cruelty to animals a felony offense.

The Senate met at 11 a.m. Tuesday, taking up Senate Bill 191. This bill clarified the conditions for aggravated animal cruelty and specifies penalties. It would make aggravated cruelty to animals a felony offense.

The Senate additionally passed Senate Bill 51, which specifies forms of grandparent visitation rights. This bill would clarify the measurements taken to ensure the rights of grandparents, as well as the rights of parents in the supervision of children. These visits include daytime and overnight visits.

The Senate also passed SB 529. The purpose of this bill is to amend two sections of code and establish limitations for claims benefits. The first sets a two-year limitation for a claim to be filed for unjust arrest or imprisonment after the claimant has been dismissed. The bill also amends the Crime Victims Compensation Act, which establishes a 10-year limitation for the receiving of compensation benefits from a claimant.

Senate bills 201, 523, and 532 were also passed and will receive further consideration from the House.

Senate bills 632-641 were introduced and referred to committees.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. Wednesday.

 

The Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining will meet at 1:00 PM today in room 208W.

The Senate Committee on Government Organization will meet at 2:00 PM in room 208W.

The Senate Education Committee will meet at 2:00 PM in room 451M.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet at 3:00 Pm in room 208W.

The Senate Finance Committee will meet at 3:00 PM in room 451M.

The Senate Workforce Committee will meet at 10:00 AM tomorrow in room 208W.