CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Assembly has passed a bill requiring laboratories to put dogs and cats up for adoption when they're done performing research on them.
The Assembly voted 40-1 on Monday to pass SB261, with Republican Assemblyman Chris Edwards voting against it.
The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mark Manendo requires private labs and those run by colleges and universities to offer animals up for adoption before euthanizing them as long as they are healthy enough to go to a new home.
The bill was watered down before it passed the Senate, but most of its provisions were restored when it moved to the Assembly. The Senate still must concur with the amended version.
Manendo said that if the bill passes, it will be the strongest such law in the nation.