From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2001:
Pending in the Oregon legislature is a bill by state senator Ryan Deckert (D-Beaverton) to amend the state anti-cruelty law to give more evidentiary weight to testimony about the behavior of animal victims. The amendment would help in prosecuting cases involving electroshock, improper confinement, and harassment, which may drive an animal insane without leaving physical evidence. Also pending in Oregon is an anti-bestiality bill by state senators Peter Courtney (D-Salem) and John Minnis (R-Wood Village). Minnis unsuccessfully introduced a similar bill in 1995.
Illinois state representative Tom Dart (D-Chicago) on February 5 introduced a bill to allow judges in animal hoarding cases to order psychiatric evaluation of the defendants, and oblige defendants to share the cost of caring for their impounded animals.