Paw PAC – PRIORITY Animal Bills For Activists: 2017

Paw PAC

California’s Political Action Committee for Animals
5011 W. Gonzales Road, Oxnard, California 93036
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Bill tracking & updates by Beverlee McGrath, President

These animal-related bills are currently working their way through the California legislature. Although you will not have the opportunity to vote on these bills, it is important for you to make your opinions known by contacting the legislators who represent you in the Assembly and the Senate. The most effective way to find out which Assembly Members and Senators represent you is to go to the following website and follow the instructions:

http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

The most effective way to contact your legislative representatives is a traditional written letter. However, you can also contact your representatives via email. There will typically be an email form on your representatives’ websites rather than an email address.

You will contact your Assembly Members regarding Assembly bills and Senators regarding Senate bills. Please make your letters and/or emails brief, polite, and specific to the bill that you are asking the legislator to support or oppose. You will want to include the information pertaining the bill that is included below.

The current status of the bill is also provided. Additional information about the bills can be obtained at the following website:
http://www.leginfo.gov.

How to contact your legislator:

  • A brief, polite and specific letter or email.
  • Email forms are on your representatives’ websites rather than an email address.
  • Assembly members regarding Assembly bills and Senators regarding Senate bills.
  • Additional information about the bills can be obtained at the following website: leginfo.gov
  • In order to locate your California Assembly and Senate districts and legislator, please visit this website:

http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/legislators/yourlegislator.html

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PRIORITY BILLS:

SENATE BILLS

SB 602 Travis Allen, Pesticides/labeling. BEES

Was amended April 6th.On Senate floor (2017-2018)

An act to add Section 12860 to, and to add Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 14085) to Chapter 3 of Division 7 of, the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to pesticides.

Action: Contact your legislator. Tell them that Honeybees and native bees and other
pollinators are critical to agricultural production, home gardens, and native ecosystems. Bee populations have been declining significantly over the past 25 years, and while there is no single cause of these declines, a substantial and growing body of evidence points to neonicotinoid pesticides as a key factor. Neonicotinoid pesticides are taken up by plants, and expressed through pollen, nectar, and guttation droplets, impacting both target and non-target insect species, including honeybees and native bees.

Support

ASSEMBLY BILLS

 AB 8 Richard Bloom, Mountain lions

4-25 & 3-23 In Water, Parks & Wildlife; hearings were cancelled at author’s request, no new hearing date.  Depredation permits: will not mandate the mountains lions be killed, changes to MAY allow them to be killed.

Action: Contact your legislator.  Tell them that this bill will give DFW wardens the flexibility they need to help manage and protect the states apex predator and help California Mountain lion peacefully to coexist in an ever changing environment, setting an example for co-existence and stewardship for future generations.

Support
AB 411 Richard Bloom, Therapy dogs/witnesses

5-10 Referred to Senate Public Safety Cmte.

Action: Contact your legislator.Tell them that individuals shall be afforded the opportunity to have a therapy or facility dog accompany him or her while testifying in court, (subject to the approval of the court), to provide emotional comfort in a high-stress environment for the purpose of helping a witness to testify and reducing his or her stress level.

Support
AB 485 Patrick O’Donnell, Dog and Cat, Adoption & sales

5-18 On Assembly floor for the floor vote.

Action: Contact your legislator. Tell them that pet stores should be required to sell dogs, cats and rabbits that were obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animal’s shelter, humane society shelter, or a nonprofit animal organization.  Thousands of unwanted healthy dogs, cats and rabbits are euthanized every year while breeders continue to breed animals for pet store sales.

Support
AB 521 Jim Frazier, Elk tags

5-15 Passed the Assembly, now in the Senate waiting to be assigned to a committee. An act to amend Section 332 of the Fish and Game Code, relating to hunting.

Action: Contact your legislator. Tell them that we already have enough concessions for hunters in this state and we do not need REDUCTIONS for fees for a resident elk tag to $100 for adults, (with annual adjustments, the current elk tag fee is $445 for residents) and prohibits the new fee from being adjusted for inflation. We do not need to have our youths hunting elk. There have been too many incidents of injured elk dying a slow and painful death due to the inability of young hunters. Specifically, this bill creates a resident youth elk tag with a fee of $20, and prohibits that tag from being adjusted for inflation. Allows the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to issue up to 30 youth tags.

Oppose
AB 1138 Brian Maienschein, Public dogs

Passed the Assembly, now in the Senate waiting to be assigned to a committee. Clarifies restrictions and regulations regarding the sale of pets over the internet. Amended 3-28. An act to add Section 17531.2 to the Business and Profession Code relating to the sale of pets.

Action: Contact your legislator. Internet buyers of dogs and cats commonly fall victim to false advertising. The internet has made it much easier for sellers to use deceptive practices, including the source and health of the pet and, at times, even the existence of the pet. Buyers are saddled with unanticipated veterinary costs and are devastated when a happy event turns to a costly and emotional outcome. Many consumers do not seem to understand that they have remedies under the law for deceptive marketing. AB 1138 would clarify the law to ensure that deceived buyers know that they have a remedy under California laws.”

Support

PRIORITY BILLS MOVED TO THE INACTIVE FILE

SB 216 Possession of wild animals.

Not yet assigned to a committee.

Watch
SB 779 Hertzberg, Criminal’s info

Still in Rules, not assigned to Cmte yet.

Support
AB 197 Kiley, Violent felonies

Still in Assembly Cmte on Public Safety. 4-4 & 3-21 hearings were cancelled at the request of the author, no new hearing date.

Support
AB 292 Steinorth, Pets/income tax

5-26 On Suspense file, held under submission, probably a dead bill.

Support
AB 628 Chen, Animal control

Referred to Asm Public Safety. 3-21 hearing date cancelled at the request of the author, no new hearing date.

Oppose

ADDITIONAL BILLS, NOT A PRIORITY

SB 673 Newman, License plates

Referred to Sen Transportation and Housing, no new hearing date. April 18th hearing was cancelled at the request of the author.

Support
AB 1228 Bloom, Experimental fishing permits.

Referred to Asm Water, Parks and Wildlife, hearing date 4-25. An act to amend Section 90 of, and to add Section 1022 to, the Fish and Game Code, relating to fisheries. Entire bill was amended.

Support
AB 1569 Caballero, Disabled rights/animals

Referred to Asm Judiciary, hearing date 4-18. Amended. Disability rights: reasonable accommodations: animals. An act to amend Section 54.1 of the Civil Code, relating to disability rights.

Action: Contact your legislator. Tell them that  it is beneficial for both landlords and prospective or current tenants to have greater guidance as to what is really a disability or disability-related. A need for an animal in those situations would mean that a landlord may ask for verification of a disability. This clarity will help both the landlord and the prospective or current tenant to constructively engage in the interactive process to determine if the prospective or current tenant’s animal may be reasonably accommodated without undue hardship to the owner, including balancing the rights of existing tenants with disabilities.

Watch
AB 1199 Nazarian, Police Canine Protection

Referred to Asm Public Safety, no hearing date. An act to add Section 13514.3 to the Penal Code, relating to peace officer training.

Support
SB 420 Monning, Criminal’s info

5-24 Re-Referred to Com on Public Safety. An act to amend Section 11105 of the Penal Code, relating to criminal history.

Support
     
     
     
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