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2011 House Bill 1243: Concerning crimes against animals belonging to another person
Introduced by Rep. Joel Kretz (Wauconda) (R) on January 17, 2011 Creates a class C felony for intentionally killing or harming another’s livestock. This act allows the owner of livestock damaged by such conduct to file a civil lawsuit and collect triple the amount of damages if prevailing. This act also adds livestock to the class of animals protected under current animal cruelty laws.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee on January 17, 2011
Substitute offered in the House on February 10, 2011 Elminates the malicious killing or harming of wildlife from the underlying bill. The definition of "livestock" includes bison in addition to the other animals listed.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 10, 2011
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 15, 2011
Passed 97 to 0 in the House on February 26, 2011 To create the crime of maliciously killing or causing substantial bodily harm to livestock belonging to another person. Establishes a civil cause of action for damages for owners of livestock killed or harmed by another person.
Received in the Senate on March 1, 2011
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 1, 2011
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 31, 2011
Passed 49 to 0 in the Senate on April 5, 2011 Creates the crime of maliciously killing or causing substantial bodily harm to livestock belonging to another person. Establishes a civil cause of action for damages for owners of livestock killed or harmed by another person.
Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on April 14, 2011 Creates the crime of maliciously killing or causing substantial bodily harm to livestock belonging to another person. Establishes a civil cause of action for damages for owners of livestock killed or harmed by another person.

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