An Act To Regulate the Keeping of Wolf Hybrids
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, the keeping of wolf hybrids poses concerns for public safety; and
Whereas, current regulation of wolf hybrid kennels does not provide adequate safeguards; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA §3931-B, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 129, §4, is repealed.
Sec. 2. 7 MRSA §3931-B, sub-§2-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 7 MRSA §3931-B, sub-§2-B is enacted to read:
Sec. 4. Transition. The Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources shall issue a conditional license to a wolf hybrid kennel registered under the former Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, section 3931-B, subsection 2 that applies for a wolf hybrid kennel license under Title 7, section 3931-B, subsection 2-A. The conditional license remains in effect until the application materials have been reviewed by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Title 7, section 3931-B, subsection 2-B. If public safety concerns arise during the review, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources may revoke the conditional license pending an administrative proceeding held in accordance with Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 5.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill changes the registration requirement for a wolf hybrid kennel to a licensing requirement. It directs the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources to consult with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on potential threats to wildlife and public safety prior to issuing a license. It provides for the conditional licensure of kennels that were previously registered.