CACDA BOD LEGISLATIVE UPDATES OCTOBER 7, 2010 ASSEMBLY AB 1675 Introduced by AM Hagman (CACDA BOD no position) – passed and signed by Gov. This bill would, with exemptions for employees and public officers, make it a misdemeanor or infraction to enter an animal enclosure at a zoo without the consent of the zoo's governing authority or representative. This bill has now been linked to AB 451 (about general trespass) and to AB 1829 (about military decoration fraud). AB 1675 would not go into effect unless AB 451 and AB 1829 became law also. AB 1675 has been amended to include circuses, and travelling animal exhibits. AB 1980 (CACDA BOD no position)- passed and signed by Gov. Introduced by AM Hayashi This bill would amend various sections of the Business and Professions code and the Government Code to modify several aspects related to the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) and Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT), including: Increasing the number of members on the VMB from 7 to 8; adding an RVT to the VMB; eliminating the RVT committee; require training for non-RVT assistance to perform radiographs; require any vet to report injuries they treat if the injury occurred at a rodeo; exempt vets and RVTs from liability for services rendered during an emergency. AB 2243 (CACDA BOD no position) – passed and signed by Governor Introduced by AM Smyth This bill would amend Civil Code 54.25 to further prohibit discrimination against the handler of a search and rescue dog, or peace officers or firefighters assigned to a canine unit, as defined. The bill would also expand the circumstances to include when the peace officer, firefighter, or handler is away from his or her home jurisdiction because of an official mutual aid request or training. AB 2689 (CACDA BOD no position) – passed and signed by Governor – effective immediately Introduced by AM Smyth Allows licensing agencies the ability to verify rabies vaccinations using modern communication and technology, including, but not limited to, computer systems, facsimile, and e-mail. ACR 118 (an Assembly resolution) Introduced by AM Smyth Declared February 23rd, 2010 to be Spay Day USA in California for 2010. AB 2012 (CACDA BOD no position) – Vetoed by GOV Introduced by AM Lieu This bill would amend existing law PC 597 to revise the punishment by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or in the state prison, or by a fine of not more than $20,000. AB 2743 (CACDA BOD no position) – Vetoed by GOV Introduced by Nava Add a section to the civil Code that would prohibit a landlord, that allows a tenant to have an animal on the premises, from advertising or establishing rental policies in a manner that requires a tenant or a potential tenant with an animal to have that animal declawed or devocalized. Amended to allow for lawsuits by individuals, some non-profits, and governments. AB 2411 (CACDA BOD no position) – Vetoed by GOV Introduced by AM Jones Pet insurance companies insurer must make a series of disclosures regarding the listed coverage exclusions; benefits; payments and how payment of claims are decided and the state must post these companies and their services on the website. ASSEMBLY BILLS THAT DID NOT PASS LEGISLATURE AB 349 – From 2009 (CACDA BOD no position)– DID NOT PASS Introduced by AM Silva This bill would require the Director of Finance, on and after January 1, 2012, if the budget submitted by the Governor to the Legislature proposes a suspended reimbursable state mandate, as defined, to provide to the Legislature all proposed statutory changes necessary to repeal the suspended reimbursable state mandate. This bill would also require that a provision in the Budget Act that identifies a mandate for the fiscal year as one for which reimbursement is not provided to identify specifically, to the extent practicable, each affected law. AB 2000 (CACDA BOD no position) – DID NOT PASS Introduced by AM Hagman This bill would exempt from the vaccination requirement the owner of a dog that a licensed veterinarian determines, on an annual basis, may have a potentially lethal reaction to the vaccination. Amendments include: clarification on what conditions qualify for an exemption; the vet must request the exemption from the agency; the owner must sign a statement of acknowledgment/assumption of risk; the dog must be confined to the owners property or on a six foot leash when off the property; the dog may not have contact with any unvaccinated dog or cat. AB 2716 (CACDA BOD oppose) – DID NOT PASS Introduced by Mendoza This bill amends section F&A 30525, and would require that a licensing agency issue a half price license (at least half of the unaltered fee) for any dog that is under 8 months of age, provided that the age is certified in writing by a licensed veterinarian. SENATE SB 1190 (CACDA BOD – Support, letter written) passed and signed by Governor Introduced by Senator Cedillo This bill would amend existing law PC 12002 to require animal control officers to complete training approved by the Commission on Peace Officers Standards in the use of a club or baton in order to carry a wooden club or baton. Amendment to include/combine illegal dumping enforcement officers. SB 1417 (CACDA BOD – Support, letter written) –passed and signed by GOV Introduced by SM Cox This bill would amend existing law Corp Code 10401-10406 and 14500-14503 and PC 11105 and PC 13300 to clarify processes, change various appointment/reappointment procedures, institute waiting periods for new Humane Societies and SPCA’s that appoint humane officers, and change notification requirements for Humane Officers. Does not include notification to Animal Control agencies, SJR 22 (CACDA BOD no position) passed and enrolled Introduced by SM Florez This measure would memorialize the Congress to support federal legislation to protect American horses from slaughter for human consumption. SB 1176 (CACDA BOD no position) – passed and signed be GOV Introduced by SM Aanestad This bill would amend existing law F&A 17003 to clarify that public animal control agencies must notify the Secretary of F&A whenever they impound any bovine, horse, mule or burro. It also permits the animal control agency to hold and dispose of any horse, mule, burro, or other animal that is not a bovine in accordance with local ordinances/regulations. The Secretary is required to take possession of any bovine and dispose of it accordingly. SENATE BILLS THAT DID NOT PASS THE LEGISLATURE SB 250 (CACDA BOD support in 2009) DID NOT PASS Introduced by SM Florez – reconsidered in 2010 legislative session. This bill would require all unaltered dogs to be licensed and all unaltered cats to be confined or altered. It would prohibit any unaltered cat over 6 months of age to remain outdoors. The owner of an unaltered dog or cat that was impounded, or found running at large could be required by the agency to spay or neuter the dog or cat. Uses concurrent citation process for violations except impound. When selling, transferring, or adopting a dog or cat, the license and any microchip information would be required to be transferred, in writing, to the new owner. SB 1185 (CACDA BOD no position) DID NOT PASS Introduced by SM Maldonado This bill would allow a tax deduction, up to $250, in the taxable year that an animal was adopted from a shelter or rescue group. The deduction would be for expenses associated with pet food and supplies spent for the animal adopted. SB 1277 (CACDA BOD no position) – DID NOT PASS Introduced by SM Florez This bill would establish a pet abuser registry, much like the State registries used for sex offenders and arsonists. The registry would be for any person convicted of felony animal abuse for the following Penal Code violations – 487g, 597, 597b, 597.5, 598c, 598 d and 600. Funding for the registry would be provided through a tax (as yet undetermined amount) on pet food. Any excess money from the tax would be designated for local s/n programs. Amended to eliminate pet food tax and add a fine on convictions to fund.
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