After further contact with Connecticut Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on the Environment Linda Gentile, the US Herpetoculture Alliance has learned that it appears unlikely that HB 5832 will move forward in the 2013 Legislative Session.
HB 5832 proposes that section 26-40a of the general statutes be amended to provide that “the sale, transfer or breeding of certain exotic animals is also prohibited and to add tigers, mole vipers, boa constrictors, Burmese pythons and sea snakes to the list of prohibited animals. . .”
HB 5832 was referred to the Connecticut Joint Committee on the Environment on January 24, 2013. It has languished in committee since that time without a first reading. In order to move forward HB 5832 must receive a Favorable Report prior to a hard deadline of April 3, 2013 at 5PM EST. It must then be Reported Out of committee by April 10. While we will continue to monitor the process closely, with only eight working days left on the calendar prior to the April 3rd deadline, it is the opinion of the US Herpetoculture Alliance, that it appears unlikely that HB 5832 will find traction in the 2013 session.
We are awaiting confirmation from Co-Chair Gentile whether she has any intentions to push for an eleventh hour move of HB 5832.
Thank you to all of those who participated in the Herp Alliance email campaign that generated 360 emails to Environment Committee members OPPOSING HB 5832.
Stay tuned for any last minute updates.