Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on January 16, 2013, to exempt bear cubs up to 36 weeks old from restrictions on the possession and handling of large carnivores that are older than 20 weeks. This would allow "petting zoos" and operations like Oswald's Bear Ranch in Newberry (whose being shut down led to the bill's introduction) to let members of the public have contact with bear cubs.
Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on January 16, 2013.
Reported in the Senate on February 5, 2013, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Referred to the House Agriculture Committee on February 14, 2013.
Reported in the House on February 20, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Daley (R) on March 6, 2013, to "grandfather" existing bear cub petting establishments, but ban any new ones. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 6, 2013.
Passed 56 to 52 in the House on March 7, 2013, to exempt current operations that permit the public to come into contact with bear cubs less than 36 weeks old and 90 pounds, but ban new ones. Reportedly the bill was introduced after Oswald's Bear Ranch in Newberry was ordered to halt this activity. Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"
Received in the Senate on March 12, 2013.
Passed 26 to 8 in the Senate on March 12, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which "grandfathers" existing bear cub petting operations but prohibits new ones. Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"