A bill to regulate animal breeding in Oklahoma failed to make it out of a Senate committee on Tuesday. House Bill 1332 didn’t get enough signatures to be approved out of the Senate General Conference Committee on Appropriations. The bill, written by veterinarian Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, would have required dog and cat breeders to become licensed by the state Department of Agriculture if they sell more than 35 animals in a year. The bill also sought to establish minimum standards for housing and breeding animals. The bill has been widely opposed by breeders who say it would unfairly target breeders who already follow federal regulations and are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Denney has said Oklahoma is the country’s second-largest exporter of puppies and kittens. Officials estimate the pet breeding business is a $30 million industry in Oklahoma. The Senate sponsor of the bill, Sen. Cliff Branan, R-Oklahoma City, said the bill lacked enough signatures to get it passed out of committee so it could be heard on the Senate floor. This comes after Branan and Denney made several changes to the bill, including a provision that allowed hobby breeders who sold fewer than 35 pets per year to become licensed. The bill also included a provision that set a tiered fine system. Fine amounts increased based on the number of animals bred. "What is the value of this bill if breeders are already subject to USDA regulations?” asked Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant. Branan argued that consumers in Oklahoma would know reputable breeders needed to be licensed by the state. Branan said he didn’t expect the bill to advance this session, but he hoped to get committee members to agree to a procedural move that would allow lawmakers to reconsider the measure next year.