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2010 CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION
Next Legislative Meeting: November 15
10:30 to 12:30, Room 113, Capitol Bldg.
Agenda: Election Results, Possible 2011 Legislation
AB 1437 by Assemblyman Jared Huffman re: Chickens. Support.
Requires eggs from out of state to meet housing mandates required under Prop 2. Chickens must have room to spread their wings.
AB 1980 by Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi re: Rodeos/Veterinary Technicians. Support.
Strengthens existing law requiring veterinarians covering rodeos to report injuries whether they “treat” the animals or not. Requires a veterinary health technician representative to the Veterinary Medical Board.
AB 2243 by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth re: Search and Rescue Dogs. Support.
Prohibits discrimination in housing, transportation and services for search and rescue dogs. Current law covers dogs in canine units for police and firefighters.
AB 2689 by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth: Dog Licenses. Support.
Allows public and animal control to use e-mail, computers, and faxes to have information on rabies vaccinations which are required for dogs to be licensed.
SB 1058 Senator Tom Harman re: Hunting. Oppose.
Declares hunting and fishing to be the priority of the Fish & Game Commission in state wildlife management areas and sets up the Big Game Management Account in which the money can only be used to enhance those hunting programs.
SB 1179 by Senator Dennis Hollingsworth re: Hunting. Oppose.
Allows the Fish & Game Department to provide two free hunting days a year. Unlicensed hunters can hunt (guns, bows & arrows) if accompanied by a licensed hunter. Hunters who have not bothered to pay any license fee should not be allowed to hunt.
SB 1345 by Senator Ron Calderon re: Kangaroos. Oppose.
Allows the sale of kangaroo products, such as athletic shoes, for an additional 5 years. Existing law allowing it would expire in 2011. From 1973 until 2008, no kangaroo products were allowed here. SB 1345 has nothing to do with conservation or animal protection but everything to do with profits.
SB 1417 by Senator Dave Cox re: Humane Officers. Oppose.
Puts additional requirements on humane societies applying to appoint a humane officer. Requires a humane society be in existence for one year before being able to nominate a humane officer and three years of having a shelter or arrangement with a veterinary clinic to house animals. Humane officers are needed more than ever to protect animals as animal control and law enforcement budgets are being cut.
SJR 22 by Dean Florez re: Horses. Support.
Asks the President/Congress to support legislation to protect horses from slaughter with a national ban to prevent our California horses from being sent out of state, Canada or Mexico for slaughter.
AB 2000 Assemblyman Curt Hagman re: Rabies. Support.
Would have allowed an exemption to mandatory rabies shot if a veterinarian states vaccination will compromise the dog’s health.
AB 2223 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: Lead Shot. Support.
Would have prohibited lead shot for hunting in state wildlife areas.
AB 2427 by Bill Berryhill re: Hunting. Oppose.
Would have prohibited the Fish and Game Commission from banning hunting.
SB 250 by Senator Dean Florez re: Spay/Neuter. Support.
Would have required dogs/cats to be spayed/neutered unless there are permits with exemptions for dogs used for service, hunting, or agriculture. Would have applied to cats who go outside on the property of their owners.
SB 1277 by Senator Dean Florez re: Animal Abuse Registration. Support.
Would have required those convicted of felony animal abuse to register with local authorities with the information available to the public.
AB 979 by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill re: Hunting. Oppose.
Would have prohibited any local ordinance that regulates hunting. AB 979 was a power grab by hunters to prohibit locals from having any authority over hunting.
AB 1656 by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma re: Fur Labeling. Support.
Would have required all fur products to declare the species and country of origin. Federal law requires labeling of fur worth over $150. AB 1656 would have closed the loophole on fur sold under $150.
AB 2012 by Assemblyman Ted Lieu re: Cruelty Penalties. Support.
Would have revised penalties for animal cruelty to make sections consistent that animal abusers can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.
AB 2411 by Assemblyman Dave Jones re: Pet Insurance. Support.
Would have required pet insurance companies to provide better consumer information, such as defining “pre-existing conditions.”
AB 2575 by Assembly Wes Chesbro re: Salmon and Riparian Habitat. Support.
Would have repaired/protected riparian habitat with threatened or endangered salmon.
AB 2743 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava re: De-Clawing/Debarking. Support.
Would have prohibited landlords from requiring a cat to be de-clawed or dog to be debarked as a condition of residency.
2010 proposed budget once again “suspends” the Hayden law which requires longer holding periods for strays in shelters. This “unfunded state mandate” has costs cities/counties millions of dollars which the state is no longer willing/able to reimburse. Although it is still on the books, the state will not pay for it and cities/counties are not obliged to adhere to it. Other mandates on holding periods of owner surrendered animals (who shelters are not required to accept), and cooperation with rescue organizations remain in effect.
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Turtle and Frog Importation Ban. Support. Passed.
Prohibits permits for turtles and frogs for live animal markets.
Fish & Game Commissioner Appointment.
After three Commissioners, appointed by the Governor, quickly came and went, Jack Baylis formerly with the Coastal Conservancy and Heal the Bay, has been appointed. The Commission needs members dedicated to protecting wildlife, not voting like a hunting club. Hopefully, Commissioner Baylis will vote for the environment.
All legislators and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger can be addressed: State Capitol Building, Sacramento, California 95814. Capitol Switchboard 916/322-9900.
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