Two democratic state lawmakers are pushing to prohibit pet stores from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits from large commercial breeders.
The bill would require pet retailers to obtain their animals from licensed rescue shelters or Humane Societies.
The rescue organization would then retain ownership of the animal if it is not adopted.
Lawmakers say the legislation would help find homes for rescue animals while discouraging breeding facilities linked to animal mistreatment. Similar legislation failed to get a vote last year.