Key Animal-Related Bills Introduced during 2015

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Bill No.

Name

Legislator

Summary Position Status

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.

Support

Passed Assembly; In Senate. Referred to suspense file.

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.

Support

Passed Assembly; In Senate. Ordered to third reading.

AB 192

License plates.

Allen, Travis

Existing law establishes a specialized license plate program and requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue specialized license plates to a sponsoring state agency that meets certain requirements. Existing law requires that the department charge specified additional fees for the issuance, renewal, or transfer of specialized license plates. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to this provision.  

Support

Passed Assembly; In Senate. Amended; re-referred to Committee on Transportation and Housing.

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.

Oppose

Passed Assembly; In Senate. Amended and re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.

AB 317

 

Veterinary medicine: temporary shelter facility.

Maienschein

Existing law requires the registration of all premises where veterinary medicine, veterinary dentistry, or veterinary surgery is being practiced. This bill would exempt from the premises registration requirements an organization that establishes a temporary shelter facility during a state of emergency to provide veterinary medical care by a veterinarian who is regularly licensed in another state or territory of the United States if the temporary shelter facility meets specified requirements.

Oppose

Passed Assembly; In Senate. Amended and re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.

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.

Support

Passed Assembly; In Senate. Amended and re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.

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.

Support

Passed Assembly; In Senate. Ordered to third reading.

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.

Support

Passed Assembly; Passed Senate.

AB 976

Personal income tax: deductions: pet adoption costs: voluntary contributions.

Steinorth

This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2021, would allow a deduction, not to exceed $100, under that law for the qualified costs paid or incurred by a taxpayer for the adoption of a pet from a qualified animal rescue organization.

Support

Passed Assembly; In Senate. Referred to suspense file.

ACR 9

Pet Care Education Month.

McCarty

This measure would declare the month of January 2015 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 neutering services and vaccinations or funds to help low-income individuals pay for veterinary care.  

Support

Referred to Committee on Rules

ACR 56

Official State Pet.

Linder

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

Sponsor

Adopted

SB 237

Animal control officers.

Anderson

This bill would require every person appointed as an animal control officer prior to July 1, 2016, to complete a course in the powers of arrest and to serve warrants no later than July 1, 2017. This bill would require every animal control officer and every director, manager, or supervisor, or any person in direct control of an animal control agency, appointed on or after July 1, 2016, to complete a course in the powers of arrest and to serve warrants within one year of appointment. This bill would require every animal control officer, prior to the exercise of the powers of arrest and to serve warrants, to have completed the course of training. 

Support

Failed Deadline

SB 457

Bobcat Protection Act of 2013.

Nielsen

This bill would provide that features used to delineate the boundaries of an area in which bobcat trapping is prohibited also include, but are not limited to, landmarks, and would make other nonsubstantive changes to these provisions of the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013.  

Support

Failed Deadline

SB 716

    

Animal cruelty: elephants.

Lara

Current law makes it a misdemeanor for any owner or manager of an elephant to engage in abusive behavior toward the elephant. This bill would, beginning January 1, 2018, additionally provide that abusive behavior toward the elephant includes the use of a bullhook, ankus, baseball bat, axe handle, pitchfork, or similar device by any person who houses, possesses, or is in direct contact with an elephant.

Support

Passed Senate; In Assembly. Re-referred to Com. on A.,E.,S.,T., & I.M.

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