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2013 CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION FINAL EDITION
Next Legislative Meeting: Monday, Oct 21, 11am – 1pm, Room 115, Capitol Building, Sac.
Agenda: Outcome of 2013, Voting Chart, and possible legislation for 2014.
The Legislature is recessed until Jan 6, 2014.
AB 265 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto re: Dog Parks. Support. Provides that cities/counties are not liable for injuries occurred at dog parks from dog bites. The parks provide exercise/socialization for animals.
AB 272 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez re: Rabies. Requires “every dog owner after his or her dog is 3 months or older” (current law is 4 months) to be vaccinated against rabies according to the vaccine label.
AB 339 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson re: Flea Market Animal Sales. Support. Prohibits animal sales at flea markets unless the local jurisdiction passes an ordinance on sanitation, heating, ventilation, nutrition, space, vet care, and recommendations for care to the buyer. Goes into effect 2015.
AB 497 by Assemblymember Wes Chesbro re: Fish & Game Commission. Requires Fish & Game Commission to form an advisory “Wildlife Resources Committee.” Lessens number/locations of Commission meetings.
AB 711 by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon re: Hunting. Support. Prohibits the use of lead shot in hunting. Goes into effect July 2019.
AB 754 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi re: Coastal Protection. Support. Provides a state tax check off to “Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund”. Money goes to Coastal Commission for programs to protect our coast.
AB 789 by Assemblymember Das Williams re: Trapping. Support. Prohibits cruel killing methods of animals in traps (drowning, crushing chests, and injections of toxic substances). Reduces size of conibear traps on land.
AB 924 by Assemblymember Frank Bigelow re: Rustling. Declares theft of cattle, horses, mules, sheep, pigs, and goats to be grand theft. Gives fine money to State Bureau of Livestock Identification (brand inspectors).
AB 1213 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom re: Bobcats. Support.
“Bobcat Protection Act of 2013” requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to work up a management plan. If no plan is developed by July 2015, AB 1213 will prohibit trapping, exporting, selling bobcat fur or product. Prohibits trapping in area surrounding the Joshua Tree National Park.
SB 4 by Senator Fran Pavley re: Fracking. Requires a study and regulations on fracking (pressurized injection of chemicals causing cracks in underground rocks to get oil/gas).
SB 132 by Senator Jerry Hill re: Mountain Lions. Support. Requires non-lethal alternatives to killing mountain lions. Allows the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to work with organizations and individuals.
SB 392 by Senator Tom Berryhill re: Hunting. Oppose. Originally removed possession limits, then amended to require Cal Fish and Game Commission to set the limits.
SB 749 by Senators Lois Wolk and Bill Berryhill re: Hunters, Habitat, Endangered Species Petitions. Oppose.
Extends to 2020 the exemption to the Endangered Species Act for accidental “taking” (killing) of endangered species during agricultural activities. Allows Commission to close public hearings and records on petitions to declare a species endangered. Prohibits any more input if the petition is turned down.
SCR 61 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani re: Animals in Shelters. Support. Senate Concurrent Resolution to declare every October “Shelter Pet Awareness Month” to encourage animal adoptions from shelters.
AB 158 by Assemblymember Marc Levine and SB 405 by Senator Alex Padilla re: Plastic Bags. Support. Failed. Prohibits stores from distributing plastic bags, a major source of pollution that kills sea animals.
AB 343 by Assemblymember Jim Patterson re: Ag Gag. Oppose. Dropped. “Ag-gag” bill to silence people who document cruelty to animals. Requires info be given to law enforcement within 120 hours or face fine.
AB 521 by Assemblymember Mark Stone re: Plastic. Support. Failed. Requires manufacturers to figure out how to reduce plastic pollution in coastal waters which kills sea animals.
AB 976 by Assemblymember Toni Atkins re: Coastal Commission. Support. Failed. Enhances enforcement of Coastal Act against violators and deters future violations. Coastal wildlife needs increased protection.
AB 1045 by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield re: Animal Shelters. Amended. Updates current law on “pound” to “animal shelter”and “destroyed” to “humanely euthanized.” Amended to an unrelated subject.
AB 1097 by Assemblymember Brian Nestande re: Mirage Trail/Bighorn Sheep. Oppose. Amended. Originally declared the “primary service of the State Dept of Fish and Wildlife is to provide services to persons who hunt and fish.” Amended to require the Commission to determine the opening/closing of a bighorn sheep trail.
AB 1230 by Assemblymember Tim Donnelly re: Hunting with Hounds. Oppose. Dropped. Repeals last year’s ban on the hunting with dogs for bear and bobcat.
AB 1301 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom re: Fracking. Support. Failed. Places a moratorium on fracking and mandates review of effects on wildlife and environment.
AB 1323 by Assemblymember (now Senator) Holly Mitchell re: Fracking. Support. Failed. Provides a moratorium on fracking (cracking underground rocks to get oil) until regulations are passed.
SB 65 by Senator Mark Leno and AB 73 by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield re: Budget. Passed. Both budget bills “suspend” the Animal Adoption Law meaning it is still on the books, but the State will not reimburse costs to cities/counties. The requirement for shelters to cooperate with rescue groups is still intact.
SB 175 by Senator Jean Fuller re: Guns in State Game Refuges. Oppose. Dropped. Allows concealed firearms in State Game Refuges.
SB 478 by Senator Anthony Cannella re: Livestock Trucks. Oppose. Dropped. Changes the configuration of livestock trucks. Many animals are injured/die from trucks toppling over, particularly on rural roads.
SB 675 by Senator Lois Wolk re: Animal Welfare Standards. Dropped. Requires Dept. of Food & Agriculture to set “standards for animal welfare.”
SB 688 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani re: Animal Medicines. Support. Defeated. Exempts shelters, rescue groups and vets from sales tax to buy medicine.
Governor Jerry Brown, 916/445-2841, and all legislators:
State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814
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List compiled by: Virginia Handley.