HB 124

  • Delaware House Bill
  • 152nd General Assembly (2023-2024)
  • Introduced in House Jun 26, 2024
  • Passed House Jun 18, 2024
  • Passed Senate Jun 27, 2024
  • Governor

An Act To Amend Title 7 And Title 16 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Noise Control And Enforcement Of Laws For Protection And Control Of Animals And Barking Dogs.

Abstract

This Act eliminates animal noise and noise disturbances from the Noise Control and Abatement Chapter in Title 7. This Act clarifies the authority of the Office of Animal Welfare and Department of Agriculture to enforce all state laws relating to the protection and control of animals with, as occasion requires, the assistance of police officers. This Act also adds restrictions concerning barking dogs with other provisions concerning dogs currently being enforced by the Office of Animal Welfare. This Act does not prohibit municipalities from enforcing their own dog laws or ordinances if they have their own enforcement agency. This Act clarifies that police officers shall assist the Office of Animal Welfare, as occasion requires, with the enforcement of all State and local dog control laws. This Act prohibits the owner or person in possession or control of a dog from allowing the dog to bark for an extended period, defined as continuously for 15 minutes or more, or intermittently for 30 minutes or more. The Act exempts barking dogs if:(1) a person is trespassing on private property;(2) an animal is intruding on private property; (3) the dog is being teased or provoked. The Act exempts dogs located in:(1)animal shelters; (2) pet stores; (3) dog grooming facilities; (4) veterinarian offices; (5) animal clinics. The Act also exempts dogs engaged in:(1) dog training;(2) dog exhibition; (3) lawful performance competitions; (4) hunting; (5) herding. Civil penalties are a written warning for the first violation, $50 for a second violation, if it occurs more than 7 days after the first violation, $100 for a third violation and $150 for all subsequent violations. This Act is effective 1 year after enactment.

Bill Sponsors (8)

Votes


Jun 30, 2024

Jun 27, 2024

Jun 18, 2024

Actions


Jun 30, 2024

House

Passed By House. Votes: 38 YES 2 NO 1 ABSENT

Jun 27, 2024

House

Amendment SA 1 to HB 124 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

Senate

Passed By Senate. Votes: 13 YES 8 NO

Senate

Amendment SA 2 to HB 124 - Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES

Senate

Reported Out of Committee (Finance) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
Finance

House

Amendment SA 2 to HB 124 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

Senate

Laid On Table in Senate

Senate

Amendment SA 1 to HB 124 - Passed By Senate. Votes: 17 YES 4 NO

Senate

Lifted From Table in Senate

Jun 26, 2024

Senate

Assigned to Finance Committee in Senate

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Finance

Senate

Reported Out of Committee (Elections & Government Affairs) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
Elections & Government Affairs

Jun 18, 2024

Senate

Assigned to Elections & Government Affairs Committee in Senate

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Elections & Government Affairs

House

Passed By House. Votes: 35 YES 4 NO 2 ABSENT

House

Amendment HA 1 to HB 124 - Passed In House by Voice Vote

Jun 12, 2024

House

Reported Out of Committee (Appropriations) in House with 6 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
Appropriations

May 09, 2023

House

Assigned to Appropriations Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations

May 04, 2023

House

Amendment HA 1 to HB 124 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

House

Reported Out of Committee (Health & Human Development) in House with 2 Favorable, 6 On Its Merits, 1 Unfavorable

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage-Unfavorable
Health & Human Development

Apr 20, 2023

House

Introduced and Assigned to Health & Human Development Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Health & Human Development

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
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HA 1 to HB 124 HTML PDF
SA 1 to HB 124 HTML PDF
SA 2 to HB 124 HTML PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note PDF

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