2007 Regular Session


File Code: Family Law Crossfiled with: SENATE BILL 965
Sponsored By:
Delegates McComas, Bartlett, Benson, Carter, Dumais, Eckardt, Elliott, Glenn, Haddaway, Hecht, Kach, Kirk, Montgomery, Nathan-Pulliam, Pena-Melnyk, Robinson, and Shewell
Domestic Violence - Cruelty Toward an Abused Spouse's Pet


Authorizing a court, in an interim protective order, temporary protective order, or final protective order, to order a respondent to remain away from a specified pet or to refrain from cruelty or aggravated cruelty toward the pet; changing the definition of "stalking" to include malicious conduct that puts another person in reasonable fear that a specified pet likely will suffer cruelty or aggravated cruelty; etc.

History by Legislative and Calendar Date

House Action
First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
Re-referred Judiciary
Hearing 3/22 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate Action
No Action

Sponsored by:

Delegate Susan K. McComas, District 35B
Delegate Joseph R. Bartlett, District 4A
Delegate Joanne C. Benson, District 24
Delegate Jill P. Carter, District 41
Delegate Kathleen M. Dumais, District 15
Delegate Adelaide C. Eckardt, District 37
Delegate Donald B. Elliott, District 4B
Delegate Cheryl Glenn, District 45
Delegate Jeannie Haddaway, District 37B
Delegate Sue Hecht, District 3A
Delegate Wade Kach, District 5
Delegate Ruth M. Kirk, District 44
Delegate Karen S. Montgomery, District 14
Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, District 10
Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk, District 21
Delegate Barbara Robinson, District 40
Delegate Tanya Shewell, District 5A

Bill indexed under the following Subjects:

Animals -see also- Birds; Turtles
Courts -see also- Circuit; Appeals; District; Orphans'; etc.
Domestic Violence -see also- Child Abuse & Neglect
Protection Orders

Bill affects the following Statutes:

Courts and Judicial Proceedings
( 11-110 )
Criminal Law
( 3-802 , 10-601 , 10-604 , 10-606 )
Family Law
( 4-504.1 , 4-504.1 , 4-505 , 4-505 , 4-506 , 4-506 )


Bill Text (Displayed in PDF Format): First Reading, Third Reading, Enrolled
Fiscal and Policy Note (Displayed in PDF Format): Available
Amendments: None offered