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State Humane Association of California - Legislation

Legislation

Bills Introduced in 2016
        
Bills Signed into Law in 2015
        
Frequently Asked Questions

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Key Animal-Related Bills Introduced during 2016

Bill No.

Name

Legislator

Summary Position Status

AB 797

Immunity from civil liability:damaging a motor vehicle: rescue or provision of care for minor or animal.

Steinorth

This bill would prohibit any civil liability or cause of action against a person for damage to a motor vehicle, if the damage was caused while the person was rescuing or providing care to a minor who, or animal that, was located inside the motor vehicle the person had taken specific steps, including, among others, determining the motor vehicle was locked or there was no reasonable method for the minor or animal to exit the motor vehicle without assistance, and to the extent practicable, contacted a law enforcement agency, fire department, or the emergency 911 telephone number before damaging the motor vehicle.

Support

Senate-In Committee Process-Judiciary

AB 1188

Importation or sale of endangered animals.

Gipson

Existing law makes it unlawful to import into the state for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body or other part or product of specified endangered animals, including kangaroos. This bill would delete the prohibition on the importation, possession with the intent to sell, and selling within the state of kangaroos.

Oppose

Senate-In Committee Process-Natural Resources and Water

AB 1824

Guide, signal, or service dogs: injury or death.

Chang

Under existing law, it is an infraction or a misdemeanor for any person to permit any dog to cause injury to or the death of any guide, signal, or service dog while the guide, signal, or service dog is in discharge of its duties. Existing law makes any person who intentionally causes injury to or the death of any guide, signal, or service dog while the dog is in discharge of its duties, guilty of a misdemeanor. This bill would delete the requirement that the dog be in discharge of its duties and would make these crimes applicable to the injury or death of dogs that are enrolled in a training school for guide, signal, or service dogs.

Under existing law, if a defendant is convicted of either of these crimes, the defendant is required to make restitution to the person with a disability who has custody or ownership of the dog for any veterinary bills and replacement costs of the dog if it is disabled or killed, or other reasonable costs deemed appropriate by the court. This bill would require the defendant to also make restitution to the person for medical or medical-related expenses, or for loss of wages or income, incurred by the person as a direct result of the crime.

Support

Senate-In Committee Process-Public Safety

AB 1825

 

Vicious dogs: definition.

Gordon

Existing law provides for the designation and disposition of certain categories of dogs as potentially dangerous or vicious dogs pursuant to a specified judicial process, and requires that designation to be included in the registration records of the dog. Existing law defines the term “vicious dog” to include, among others, dogs seized pursuant to specified animal cruelty laws. This bill would delete this category of dog from the above-specified definition of “vicious dog.”

No position yet

Senate-In Committee Process-Judiciary

AB 1951

Animal Cruelty.

Salas

This bill would require defendants granted probation for a violation of Penal Code 597.5 pertaining to fighting dogs receive counseling. This bill would require defendants granted probation for a violation of Penal Code 600 involving police dogs or police horses to also receive counseling.

This bill would require, upon conviction of specified types of animal abuse but prior to sentencing, the court to order the person convicted to submit to a psychiatric or psychological examination, to be provided by and paid for by the court. The bill would require the court to consider the result of the examination in determining a sentence.
Support Assembly-In Committee Process-Appropriations

AB 2219

Attorney General: schedule of donors: confidentiality

Wagner

Existing law requires a commercial fundraiser and a fundraising counsel to file specified items with the Attorney General, which are subject to public inspection. The bill would withhold from public inspection any report filed that is required by law to be kept confidential, specified portions of documents that do not relate to charitable purposes or charitable assets and that are not otherwise records, public and donor information that is exempt from public inspection under a certain federal law.

 

Senate-In Committee Process-Judiciary

AB 2269

Animal shelters: research animals: prohibitions.

Waldron

This bill would prohibit a person or animal shelter entity that accepts animals from the public or takes in stray or unwanted animals from selling, giving, or otherwise transferring a living animal to a research facility or animal dealer. The bill would also prohibit a research facility or animal dealer from procuring, purchasing, receiving, accepting, or using a living animal for the purpose of medical or biological teaching, research, or study, or any other kind of experimentation, if that animal is transferred from, or received from, an animal shelter. The bill would prohibit a person or animal shelter entity from euthanizing an animal for the purpose of transferring the carcass to a research facility or animal dealer.

Sponsor Senate-In Committee Process-Judiciary

AB 2278

Animal control: seizure of animals: costs.

Linder

This bill would require an organization or entity to provide care and treatment for a stray or abandoned animal until the animal is placed, returned to the owner, or euthanized. This bill would, subject to exception, make the owner or keeper of the animal liable to the seizing agency, and if the animal is impounded, to the impounding agency, for the entire cost of the seizure or impoundment of the animal. The bill would require the seizing and impounding agency to present the owner with a statement listing all accrued charges. This bill would require that if the animal was seized pursuant to a search warrant that the court that issued or adjudicated the warrant give its express approval prior to the release of the animal to the owner. This bill would allow a seizing entity or prosecuting attorney to file a petition in a criminal action to request that the court issue an order forfeiting any neglected animal prior to the final disposition of the case.

Sponsor Senate-In Committee Process-Public Safety

AB 2505

Animals: euthanasia.

Quirk

This bill would, with respect to the killing of a dog or cat, prohibit a person from using carbon dioxide gas.

Support Senate-In Committee Process-Public Safety

AB 2760

Landlord and tenant: support animals.

Mathis

This bill would authorize a tenant to maintain a support animal  the property if specified conditions are met. This bill would authorize a tenancy to be terminated or a tenant to be denied accommodations on the property for having a support animal if specified conditions apply. This bill would authorize the landlord to require tenants to include the payment of an extra charge or security deposit. This bill would prohibit a tenant from maintaining any protected species, venomous reptiles, amphibians or insects, or any other illegal species as a support animal.

Oppose Assembly-FAILED

AB 2855

Charitable solicitations: financial disclosures.

Frazier

This bill would require an Internet Web site produced by, or on behalf of, a charity to contain prominent link to the Attorney General’s Internet Web site which contains information about consumer rights and protections and charity research resources. The bill would also require any solicitation document produced by a charity to also include the address for the Attorney General’s Internet Web site.

Oppose Assembly-In Committee Process-Appropriations

SB 945

Pet boarding facilities.

Monning

This bill would establish procedures for the care and maintenance of pets boarded at a pet boarding facility, including, but not limited to, sanitation, provision of enrichment devices, health of the pet, and safety. The bill would also prohibit a person convicted of an offense related to the welfare of animals from operating a pet boarding facility or from being employed as an employee of a pet boarding facility.

Sponsor Assembly-In Committee Process-Business and Professions

SB 1062

Elephants: prohibited treatment.

Lara

This bill would, beginning January 1, 2018, prohibit any person who houses, possesses, or is in direct contact with an elephant from using, or permitting an employee, agent, or contractor to use, a bullhook, ankus, baseball bat, axe handle, pitchfork, or other device designed to inflict pain for the purpose of training or controlling the behavior of an elephant. A person who violates these provisions would not be subject to criminal penalty but would be subject to civil penalties and revocation of the Department of Fish and Wildlife permit.

Support Assembly-In Committee Process-Water, Parks and Wildlife

SB 1200

Peace Officer Standards and Training: domestic violence: animal cruelty.

Jackson

This bill would require probation officers on domestic violence to have training which includes the nexus between animal cruelty and violence against persons. This bill would require the Department of Justice’s annual report to the Governor to include information concerning arrests for animal cruelty.

Support Assembly-Pending Referral

ACR 9

Pet Care Education Month.

McCarty

Declares the month of January 2016 as Pet Care Education Month and would request Californians to observe the month by ensuring that their companion animals receive the proper preventative care by establishing a financial plan for pet health emergencies and by contributing to charitable organizations that provide low-cost spay and neuter services and vaccinations or funds to help low-income individuals pay for veterinary care.

Support Chaptered

 

 

Key Animal-Related Bills Signed into Law during 2015

Bill No.

Name

Legislator

Summary

AB 96

Animal parts and products: importation or sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn.

Atkins

Existing law makes it a crime to import into the state for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of an elephant and exempts the possession with intent to sell or sale before June 1, 1977, or the possession with intent to sell or the sale on or after June 1, 1977, if the item was imported before January 1, 1977. This bill would delete this exemption.

AB 147

Postsecondary education: animal research.

Dababneh

This bill would require any public postsecondary educational institution that confines dogs or cats for science or research purposes and intends to destroy the dog or cat used for those purposes to first offer the dog or cat to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization. The bill would not apply to animals suffering from a serious illness or severe injury, or to newborn animals that need maternal care and have been impounded without their mothers.

AB 192

License plates.

Allen, Travis

This bill would require the DMV to deposit fees paid for the Pet Lover's specialized license plates, less the DMV's costs, into the Pet Lover's Fund, which the bill would establish in the Specialized License Plate Fund. These funds will be allocated to the Veterinary Medical Board for disbursement by a nonprofit organization selected by the board to fund grants to providers of no-cost or low-cost animal sterilization services.

AB 316

 

Veterinarians.

Maienschein

This bill would specifically exempt from state licensing requirements a regularly licensed veterinarian in good standing who is called from another state by a law enforcement agency, animal control department, or a humane officer to attend to cases that are part of an investigation of an alleged violation of federal or state animal fighting or animal cruelty laws within a single geographic location when the law enforcement agency, animal control department, or humane officer determines that it is necessary to call the veterinarian to conduct the investigation in a timely, efficient, and effective manner.

AB 485

Personal income taxes.

Williams

This bill establishes Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Fund to be funded by voluntary contributions on CA personal income tax return.  Funds would be used for grants to shelters for: (1) programs that eliminate dog and cat homelessness (2) research that explores novel approaches to eliminating dog/cat homelessness and (3) prevention, investigation, and prosecution of animal cruelty/neglect.

AB 494

Restraining orders: protection of animals.

Maienschein

This bill would authorize the court to issue restraining orders or protective orders to enjoin a person to stay away from an animal or forbid a person from, among other things, threatening, harming, or otherwise disposing of an animal. The bill would authorize the court to issue an order granting a petitioner's request for the exclusive care, possession, or control of an animal held by the petitioner or respondent if residing in the same household, as specified.

AB 794

Criminal acts against law enforcement animals.

Linder

Existing law makes it a crime to injure any horse being used by, or any dog under the supervision of, any peace officer on duty. Existing law also makes it a crime to interfere with or obstruct a horse or dog being used by any peace officer. This bill would additionally make those crimes applicable when those acts are carried out against a horse or dog being used by, or under the supervision of, a volunteer police observer. The bill would also require a defendant convicted of those acts to pay restitution for a horse or dog that is used by or under the supervision of a volunteer police observer.

ACR 56

Official State Pet.

Linder

This measure would declare a shelter pet as the official State Pet.

 


California Legislature FAQ

1. How does a bill become law?

2.
Where can I get detailed information on a particular bill?

3.
I don't know who my senator and assembly member are. How can I find out?

4.
How many senators and assembly members are there in California?

5.
Why is my senate district different than my assembly district?

6.
How often are state legislators elected? Does California have terms limits?

 

1.  How does a bill become a law?
When one of our legislators -- senator or assembly member -- seeks to introduce a bill, that legislator works with the Office of Legislative Counsel to draft the bill.  If the author of the bill is a senator, the draft bill is introduced on the floor of the Senate; if the author of the bill is an assembly member, the bill is read or introduced in the Assembly.  Thereafter, the bill is sent to the Office of State Printing.

A minimum of 30 days from the date of introduction, the bill is sent to the Rules Committee of the house in which the bill was introduced for assignment to the appropriate policy committee(s) for hearing.  At the hearing, the author presents the bill and testimony is heard in support of and in opposition to the bill from members of the public.  The committee then votes on the bill, which yields one of three possible outcomes.  The bill is either 1) passed, 2) passed as amended by the committee, or 3) defeated.

If the bill is passed (either the original or as amended), it is read for a second time in the house in which the bill was introduced and then the bill is assigned for a third reading.  Prior to the third reading, an analysis of the bill is prepared.  During the third reading, the author explains the bill, members discuss the bill, and a vote is taken by roll call.  Bills that require appropriation or take effect immediately require 27 votes in the Senate (out of a possible total of 40 ) and 54 votes in the Assembly (out of a possible total of  80).  All other bills require 21 votes in the Senate and 41 votes in the Assembly.

If the bill is passed, it is then sent to the other house, where the above process is repeated.  If the bill is amended in the second house, it must be sent back to the original house for approval.  If the original house does not approve the bill, it is sent to a  two-house conference committee to negotiate a bill that is satisfactory to both houses.  If a comprise is reached, the bill is sent back to both houses for a vote.

If the bill is approved by both the Senate and the Assembly, it is sent to the Governor, who may take one of three actions.  The Governor may 1) sign the bill into law, 2) allow the bill to become law without signature, or 3) veto the bill.  If the Governor vetoes the bill, it can still be passed by a 2/3 vote in both the Senate and Assembly.  If the bill becomes law, it generally goes into effect on January 1 of the following year.

2.  Where can I get detailed information on a particular bill?
Go to the Office of Legislative Counsel's official California legislative information website at www.leginfo.ca.gov and click on the "Bill Information" tab.  You will see detailed information about a bill, including its author, amendments, history, status, and analyses.

3.  I don't know who my senator and assembly member are. How can I find out?
Go to the Office of Legislative Counsel's official California legislative information website at www.leginfo.ca.gov and click on the "Your Legislature" tab.  You will also find useful links to legislators' web pages, legislative committees, the legislative calendar, and other related topics.

4.  How many senators and assembly members are there in California?
There are 40 Senators and 80 Assembly persons.

5.  Why is my senate district different than my assembly district?
California is divided into 40 Senate districts.  Within each Senate district, there are two Assembly districts, for a total of 80 Assembly districts.  To view a map of the Senate districts, click here.  To view a map of the Assembly districts in PDF format, click here.

6.  How often are state legislators elected? Does California have terms limits?
One-half of the Senators are elected or re-elected every 2 years for four-year terms.  A Senator may serve a total of two 4-year terms.  All Assembly members are elected or re-elected every two years for 2-year terms.  An Assembly member may serve a total of three 2-year terms.

 

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