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State Humane Association of California - Legislation


Bills Introduced in 2014
Bills Signed into Law in 2013
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Key Animal-Related Bills Introduced during 2014

Bill No.



Summary Position Status

AB 1437

Medically important antimicrobials: livestock and poultry


This bill would prohibit a livestock or poultry product from being sold in California if the product is constituted of livestock or poultry that was administered a medically important antimicrobial for nontherapeutic use. The bill would also prohibit a livestock or poultry product sold in California to be constituted of livestock or poultry that was administered a medically important antimicrobial for nonroutine disease control unless certain conditions are met. The bill would also prohibit a medically important antimicrobial from being administered to a food-producing animal unless the medically important antimicrobial is administered for a therapeutic use and consistently with specified veterinarian provisions.

Support Failed in Committee

AB 1511

Criminal history information: animal control officers.


Would authorize the DOJ and local criminal justice agencies to provide state and local summary criminal history information to an animal control officer employed by a city, county, or city and county for the purposes of performing his or her duties. The bill would permit a local agency to charge a reasonable fee sufficient to cover the costs of providing that information.

Support Chaptered

AB 1520

Guardian ad litem


Would authorize a court to appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the interest of the animal if the court determines that representation of the interest otherwise would be inadequate.


Letter to Assembly


AB 1685

Structural pest control operators:  fees


Allows email delivery (first class mail, posting in a conspicuous place on the real property, or personal mail already allowed) of notices from registered structural pest control companies to owner and tenant of the premises where work is to be done.  Allows Structural Pest Control Board to charge up to $60 for administering examination required for license to be an applicator. Watch Chaptered

AB 1809

Dogs:  health certificates


Would require a person seeking to bring a dog into this state, or importing dogs into this state for the purpose of resale or change of ownership, to obtain a health certificate with respect to that dog that has been completed by a licensed veterinarian and is dated within 10 days prior to the date on which the dog is brought into the state.

Watch Chaptered

AB 1810

Deposits for keeping: abandoned animals


Current law requires a veterinarian, dog kennel, cat kennel, pet-grooming parlor, animal hospital, or any other animal care facility, as provided, to humanely destroy an abandoned animal, if unable to place the animal with a new owner. This bill changes the “shall humanely destroy” to “may euthanize”.  It also allows the facility to turn over to a shelter or rescue group, provided the shelter has been contacted and has not refused.


Letter to Assembly


AB 1965

Outdoor dining facilities: pet dogs


Would authorize a food facility to allow a person to bring a pet dog in outdoor dining areas if specified conditions are satisfied. The bill would authorize a city, county, or city and county to prohibit that conduct by ordinance.

Support Chaptered

AB 2056

Insurance: pet insurance


Would add pet insurance as a type of miscellaneous insurance, define certain terms, and specify certain disclosures an insurer of pet insurance is required to make to consumers. This bill would require an insurer of pet insurance to disclose, among other things, whether the policy excludes coverage because of a preexisting condition, a hereditary disorder, a congenital anomaly or a chronic condition, and would require that pet insurance policies have a free look cancellation period of not less than 30 days, as provided.

Support Chaptered
AB 2071

Recycled water:  pasture animals


This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to determine if the use of disinfected tertiary treated recycled water for the purpose of providing water to pasture animals would be safe for public and animal health. Would authorize the department to approve the use of disinfected tertiary treated recycled water for this purpose if the department determines that its use would not harm public or animal health but would prohibit the use of disinfected tertiary treated recycled water in the water supply for dairy animals that are currently producing dairy products for human consumption.

Watch Chaptered
AB 2075

Crimes:  importation or sale of endangered animals


Current law makes it a misdemeanor, after January 1, 2015, 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 alligator or crocodilian species. This bill would delay the effective date of this provision until January 1, 2020.

Watch Chaptered
AB 2205 Mammals: use of dogs to pursue bears Donnelly This bill would eliminate the authority for the Department of Fish and Wildlife to capture a dog not under the reasonable control of its owner or handler when the dog is pursuing any bear or inflicting injury or immediately threatening injury on any bear. Would prohibit a person from using dogs to hunt, pursue, or molest bears, except when recommended to the Department of Fish and Wildlife by a vote of the board of supervisors of any affected county. Permits the use of one dog per hunter for the hunting of bears during open deer season, and the use of more than one dog per hunter during the open bear season except during the period when archery deer seasons or regular deer seasons are open. Oppose Failed in Committee
AB 2210

Nongame mammals: depredators


Would provide that nonnative fox squirrels, instead of red fox squirrels, may be taken as specified. Prohibits the barter of raw furs, and would require that all animals in the traps be removed within 24 hours of the setting of a trap. The bill would require that nontargeted species be released unharmed and not taken.

Support Failed deadline
AB 2264

Victim compensation: guide, signal, or service dogs


Would provide when a person permits another dog to kill or injure a guide, signal, or service dog or a person intentially causes injury or death to a service dog then the persons with a disability are eligible for compensation from the Restitution Fund if the defendant is unable to make restitution.

AB 2326 Personal income tax: deductions: pet adoption costs Dickinson

This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, and before January 1, 2020, would allow an income tax deduction, not to exceed $100, for the qualified costs paid or incurred for the adoption of a pet from a qualified animal rescue organization. 

Support Suspended
AB 2343

Stray dogs: animal shelters: holding periods

Gatto Would require that any stray dog or stray cat in a shelter be available for owner redemption, adoption, or release to a rescue group or adoption organization during the required holding period. Would require that any stray dog or cat with identification be held exclusively for owner redemption during the entire holding period, and any stray dog without identification be held exclusively during the first 72 hours and then may be made available for adoption or release to a rescue or adoption organization, and to make available for adoption or release to a rescue group or adoption organization, any stray cat without identification at any time.

Support if Amended

[Letter to Assembly]

Failed deadline
AB 2364 State amphibian: California red-legged frog Perez

This bill would establish the California red-legged frog as the official state amphibian.

Support Chaptered
AB 2431

Postsecondary education: animal research

Dababneh Provides that any public postsecondary educational institution or independent institution of higher education, or employee or student thereof, that confines dogs or cats for the purposes set forth in Section 1650 of the Health and Safety Code, and intends to destroy a dog or cat that has been used for those purposes, shall first offer the dog or cat to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization. Support Failed deadline
AB 2657 Environmentally sensitive areas:  use of anticoagulants Bloom This bill would prohibit the use of any pesticide that contains one or more of specified anticoagulants, including brodifacoum and bromadiolone, in wildlife habitat areas, as defined. Support Chaptered
AB 2730

Animal Disease Planning

Committee on Agriculture

Would require the Department of Food and Agriculture to develop and maintain a list of animal diseases by July 1, 2015, and, to the extent funding is available, require the department to develop and maintain a similar written plan on the most appropriate options for detection, exclusion, eradication, control, or management of the higher priority animal diseases on the list.

Support Ordered to inactive file.
SB 1167

Vector Control


Current law authorizes the State Department of Public Health, a county board of supervisors, or a governing board of a city to take specified actions, including purchasing poison, traps, and other materials, for the purpose of exterminating and destroying rodents. This bill would additionally require that person to abate specified conditions that are causing the infestation. The bill would also authorize the department, the county board of supervisors, and the governing body of a city to abate specified conditions that are causing the infestation.

Support Chaptered
SB 1278

Animal Control Officers

Leno and Wyland Would require mandatory training and continuing education (SHAC is one of the organizations that can provide the training) for animal control officers and every person appointed as a director, manager, supervisor, or any person in direct control of an animal control agency. Would also require them to complete a course in the exercise of the powers of arrest and to serve warrants. It would be funded by dog license tag fees and fines. Support Failed deadline
SB 1321 Peace officers: training: canines Calderon Would establish intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop training requirements for peace officers in the humane treatment of canines when encountering canine behavior. Watch Failed deadline
SB 1323 Specialized license plates: Pet Lover's License Plate Program Lieu Would require the DMV to deposit the additional fees under the Pet Lover's License Plate Program into the Pet Lover's Specialized License Plate Fund, which the bill would establish. Requires that these funds be continuously appropriated to the Veterinary Medical Board for the sole and exclusive purpose of funding grants to providers of no-cost or low-cost animal sterilization services.   Chaptered
SJR 22 Cruelty-free cosmetics Block This measure would urge the United States Congress to enact legislation that would establish reasonable deadlines for the prohibition of the testing and marketing of cosmetic products that have been tested on animals. The measure would also urge the federal government to mandate alternative methods to animal testing of cosmetic products and to prioritize the validation and acceptance of additional nonanimal tests.   Chaptered


Key Animal-Related Bills Signed into Law during 2013

Bill No.




AB 265

Local government liability: dog parks.


Provides that dog park owned or operated by city or county is not liable for injury or death of person or pet resulting solely from actions of dog in dog park. Does not otherwise affect liability, including that for maintaining a dangerous condition of public property.

AB 272

Rabies: vaccinations.


Requires dogs to be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months or 4 months of age.

AB 339

Sale of animals at swap meets.


Bans sale of animals at flea markets and swap meets, with certain exceptions.
Sponsored by SHAC and Born Free USA

AB 711

Hunting: nonlead ammunition.


Would require the use of non-lead ammunition for hunting all wildlife with firearms.

AB 789



Prohibits intentional drowning, chest-crushing and injection with chemical solvents that are not intended for euthanizing animals. Reduces the allowable size of Conibear trap (also known as a kill trap) from 10 inches to 6 inches on land and requires the use of warning signs where these traps are used on lands open to the public for the protection of domestic dogs. 

AB 1213

Bobcat Protection Act of 2013.


Prohibits trapping of bobcats in the area surrounding Joshua Tree National Park. Requires Fish and Game Commission to prohibit the trapping of bobcats adjacent to the boundaries of each national or state park or wildlife refuge in which bobcat trapping is prohibited.

SB 132

Mountain lions.


Provides that nonlethal procedures shall be used when removing or taking any mountain lion not perceived to be an imminent threat to public health or safety.

SCR 61

Shelter Pet Awareness Month.


This measure would declare October of each year as Shelter Pet Awareness Month.


California Legislature FAQ

1. How does a bill become law?

Where can I get detailed information on a particular bill?

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

How many senators and assembly members are there in California?

Why is my senate district different than my assembly district?

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 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 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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