S.B. 128: Pets for Vets Act of 2020

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Spon­sors: Repub­li­can Sens. Bryan W. Si­mon­aire and Ed­ward R. Reilly (Anne Arun­del County); Jack Bai­ley (Calvert and St. Mary’s coun­ties); Ge­orge C. Ed­wards (Gar­rett, Al­le­gany and Wash­ing­ton coun­ties); Ja­son C. Gal­lion (Har­ford and Cecil coun­ties); Stephen S. Her­shey, Jr. (Kent, Queen Anne’s, Cecil and Caro­line coun­ties); Johnny Ray Salling (Bal­ti­more County); and Mary Beth Carozza (Som­er­set, Worces­ter and Wi­comico coun­ties). Demo­cratic Sens. Pamela Bei­dle (Anne Arun­del County); Dou­glas J. J. Peters (Prince Ge­orge’s County); Ron­ald N. Young (Fred­er­ick County); Clarence K. Lam (Bal­ti­more and Howard coun­ties); and Arthur El­lis (Charles County).

Synop­sis: Re­quires a county or mu­nic­i­pal an­i­mal con­trol fa­cil­ity to waive a dog or cat adop­tion fee for a vet­eran who presents qual­i­fy­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Anal­y­sis: Pets, and the bonds we de­velop with them, have been proven to lift spir­its, pro­vide fo­cus and pur­pose, and — spe­cific to veter­ans — ease the tran­si­tion back into civil­ian life. For vets who need a furry friend, waiv­ing the adop­tion fee, which can run as high as $150, for an an­i­mal who needs a home is the least we can do to re­pay them for their ser­vice to our coun­try. Such ac­tion is ex­pected to have min­i­mal im­pact on lo­cal gov­ern­ment rev­enue, but pos­si­bly make a huge difference in the lives of some veter­ans and crea­tures.

Editorial board rec­om­men­da­tion: Pass.

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