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CALENDAR NOTES

2017-2018
Legislature
Friday, April 28, Last day for policy committees to hear and report fiscal bills for
referral to fiscal committees

Friday, May 12 Last day for policy committees to hear and report to the floor
nonfiscal bills
BILL NO.
AUTHOR(S)
SUBJECT
STATUS
TAC'S ACTION
         
S.B. 72   
Introduced
1/10/2017
Holly J. Mitchell (D-30)
Los Angeles
SB 72 is Budget Act of 2017.  Animal related provisions same as AB 96.  
Com on Budget &
Fiscal Review
1/11/17  
 
S.B. 216
Introduced 2/1/2017
John Moorlach (R-37)
Costa Mesa
As introduced, AB 216 is a spot bill making non-substantive changes to Civil
Code Section 656 regarding ownership of wild animals only when on property
of the claimant under certain circumstances.   
SPOT BILL    
2/9 Com on
Rules
     
 
S.B. 546
Introduced 2/16/17
Jerry Hill (D-13) San
Mateo  
As introduced, SB 546 would add to Business and Professions Code, Division
2,
Chapter 11, Veterinary Medicine, a new Article 7, Pharmacy, Section 4920 to
be known as Lizzie's Law, a detailed new requirement for veterinary practices to
provide drug information and counseling to clients for each drug to be used in
nonemergency situations and outpatient settings as well as a poster or video
display containing 4 specific consumer rights.  

Amended in Senate, April 17, 2017 to delete previous content and
SEN Com Bus, Profs
& EconDev   Hrg 4/17,
postponed by Com,
Hrg 4/24
 
S.B. 602
Introduced 2/17/16/7
Benjamin Allen (D-26)
Santa Monica
Scott D. Weiner (D-11)
San Francisco

Source: Bee Smart
California
As introduced, SB 602 would further protect the endangered bee populations
from the neonicotinoid class of chemicals by supplementing existing law with
added provisions to the Food and Agricultural Code, in particular, a new Article
4.5 (commencing with Section 14085) added to
Chapter 3, Restricted Materials,
of Division 7 prohibiting noncommercial use of neonicotinoids (as defined) by
January 1, 2019
EXCEPT “(1) Products sold or applied by veterinarians. (2)
Pet care products used to mitigate fleas, mites, ticks, heartworms, or other
animals that are harmful to the health of a domesticated animal
. (3) Pet care
products use to mitigate lice and bedbugs
. (4) Indoor pest control products
used to mitigate insects indoors, including ant bait
.”
SEN Com on Environmental Quality Policy Analysis, March 29, 2017
Senate Floor Analysis, March 30, 2017                
Amended in Senate, April 6, 2017 to delete the exception (above) for pet
products
because  the entire Section that would have defined neonicotinoids
and prohibited their commercial use is deleted. The remaining provision is
amended to add to the original list of chemicals, i.e. those included in the
requirement to label commercially available seeds and plants sold at retail
establishments.
(Ed. note, pet products will not be included in labeling
requirements for chemicals harmful to bees.)
                                                   
SEN Com on
Environmental Quality
Hrg 3/29  pass 5-2

SENATE 2nd RDG 4/6
 
S.B. 673
Introduced 2/17/17
Josh Newman (D-29)
Fullerton   
As introduced, SB 673 would amend Vehicle Code Section 5168 to substitute
the Department of Food and Agriculture in place of the Veterinary Medical Board
for purposes of allocation and administration of Pet Lover’s specialized license
plates and would authorize rather than require the department to “contract with
an entity, including a nonprofit organization, to provide advice, consultation, and
administrative services for purposes of implementing and administering the
grant program.” Existing law requires, upon allocation by the legislature,
disbursement by a nonprofit organization selected by the board to fund grants to
providers of no-cost or low-cost animal sterilization services.  

See related item, Budget Bill Reference, page 3 (AB 96, SB 72)  
Background VMB Minutes, Pgs 3-4, January 20-21, 2016
See 2015 AB 192, Travis Allen (R-70) Huntington Beach  
Committee Policy On:  SPECIAL INTEREST LICENSE PLATE BILLS               
SEN Com on Transp
& Housing   Hrg 4/18,
cancelled, author rqst
 
         
A.B. 96
Introduced
1/10/2017
Philip Y. Ting (D-19)
San Francisco
AB 96 is the Budget Act of 2017.  

REFERENCE, ANIMAL RELATED PROVISIONS: ASSEMBLY BUDGET BILL
Com on Budget
1/19/17
      
 
A.B. 197
Introduced
1/19/2017
Kevin Kiley (R-6)
Rocklin
As introduced, AB 197 would classify 10 additional offenses as “violent
felonies” for sentencing purposes including, “Animal abuse in violation of
subdivision (a) of Section 597, if a felony.”  Past amendments to California
these laws for specified “violent felonies” have been enacted by a series of
voter approved state propositions, including the “three strikes” provisions. Laws
enacted by propositions can only be amended by 2/3 vote of the legislature.
ASM Com on Public Safety Policy Analysis, March 21, 2017      
1/30 ASM Com on
Public Safety   3/21
hrg cancelled, author
rqst; 2nd hrg, 4/4,
cancelled, author rqst
 
A.B. 292
Introduced 2/2/2017
Marc Steinorth (R-40)
Rancho Cucamonga  
Revised March 8:
Coauthors: Republican
Assembly Members
Baker, Chávez, Chen,
Harper, and Mathis
3/21/17 add Coauthor
Jordan Cunningham
(R-35) Templeton  
As introduced, AB 292 would add to the Revenue and Taxation Code a new
Section 17239 to create a new miscellaneous tax deduction (not exceeding 2%
adjusted gross income) not to exceed $100 for qualified costs for qualified
adoption of a qualified pet, either over 4 years of age or a cat, for taxable years
beginning on or after January 1, 2018, and before January 1, 2023.
ASM Com on Rev & Tax Policy Analysis, March 13, 2017                  
Amended in Assembly, March 21, 2017 to add. "This section shall become
operative on the effective date of any budget measure that specifically
appropriates funds to the Franchise Tax Board for its costs of administering this
section."
ASM Com on Appropriations Fiscal Analysis, April 3, 2017
See 2015 AB 976, Steinorth, similar topic; also 2016 AB 797 enacted.  
ASM Com on
Revenue & Tax   HRG
3/13/17
Pass 8-1(1) amended
ASM Approps  Hrg 4/3
Suspense File
Hearing Audio 3/13/17
A.B. 411
Introduced 2/9/17
Richard Bloom (D-50)
Santa Monica
Al Muratsuchi (D-66)
Torrance
As introduced, AB 411 would add a new Penal Code Section 868.4 to criminal
procedure provisions regarding examination of witnesses provisions to codify
authorization, procedure and requirements for a child witness (under 18 at the
time of testimony) to be accompanied by a specially designated, trained dog for
emotional support while testifying in certain criminal cases.  
Amended in Assembly, March 8,2017, to require the court to take appropriate
measures to minimize the distraction created by the presence of the dog in the
courtroom, including requiring the dog to be accompanied by a handler at all
times
.
Assembly Floor Analysis, March 17,  2017    
ASM Com on Public
Safety   Hearing
3/14/17
pass 7-0
ASSEMBLY 3rd Rdg
 
A.B. 485
Introduced 2/13/17
Patrick O'Donnell
(D-70) Long Beach

Sponsor: Social
Compassion in
Legislation

3/28 add Principal
coauthor: Assembly
Member Dababneh
As introduced, AB 485 is a spot bill declaring intent:: "to enact legislation that
would promote the adoption of animals from shelters and rescue groups and
encourage humane practices in the purchase of dogs and cats offered for retail
sale in California."
Amended in Assembly, March 28, 2017 to 1) amend Food & Ag Code Section
31753 covering rescue/adoption opportunity for small pet animals other than
dogs and cats to add, "The public or private shelter may enter into cooperative
agreements with animal rescue or adoption organizations regarding rabbits
that are equivalent to those cooperative agreements authorized in Section
31108 regarding dogs and Section 31752 regarding cats; 2) to add to the Pet
Store Animal Care Act a new Health & Safety Code Section 122354.5:
"A pet store operator shall not sell a live dog, cat, or rabbit in a pet store unless
the dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained from a public animal control agency or
shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society
shelter, or nonprofit, as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code, animal rescue or adoption organization that is in a cooperative
agreement with at least one private or public shelter pursuant to Section 31108,
31752, or 31753 of the Food and Agricultural Code;" and 3) to add the new
Section 122354.5 to the existing offense/penalty provision, Section 122356."
ASM Com on Business & Professions Policy Analysis, April 18, 2017    


Integrated Text Reference Document, April 17, 2017   




Author's Press Release, February 13, 2017      
Los Angeles Municipal Code SEC. 53.73.  SALE OF COMMERCIALLY BRED DOGS,
CATS AND RABBITS IN PET STORES – PROHIBITION   
           
(3/27) ASM Com on
Bus & Profs  Hrg 4/18
10:45 am, on call with
8 aye votes  
pass 10-1(5)    

To ASM Approps  
OPPOSE unless
amended  

Hearing Audio 4/18/17

Cal Channel Video   
A.B. 628  
Introduced 2/14/17
Phillip Chen (R-55)
Diamond Bar
As introduced, AB 628 would  amend Penal Code Section 597.1 (seizures,
costs, etc.,) consistent with 2016 AB 2278 authored by Assembly Member Eric
Lindner (R-60) of Corona when that bill was held in the Senate Committee on
Appropriations Suspense File in August, 2016.  



See 2016 AB 2278, Lindner        
ASM Com on Public
Safety   3/21, hrg
cancelled, author rqst
 
A.B. 942   
Introduced 2/16/17
Devon Mathis (R-26)
Visalia   
As introduced, AB 942 would add to the Revenue and Taxation code a new
Section 17052.4 allowing a personal tax credit against personal income taxes
for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2017, and before January
1, 2023, in an amount equal to 50% of the amount paid or incurred during the
taxable year by a taxpayer for qualified veterinary costs, as defined, for a pet, as
defined, not to exceed $2,000. Terms are defined, and if credit allowed by this
section exceeds the “net tax,” the excess may be carried over to reduce the “net
tax” in the following taxable year, and succeeding six years if necessary, until
the credit is exhausted.
Amended in Assembly, March 21, 2017  to clarify terms, “taxpayer’s pet,”
qualified veterinary costs not to exceed “$2,000 per taxable year,” the qualified
veterinary expenses are ‘’expenses paid to a licensed veterinarian” and do “not
include expenses reimbursed by pet insurance.”
ASM Com on Rev & Tax Policy Analysis, March 27, 2017    
Amended in Assembly, April 4, 2017 to change medically related to "medically
necessary" and eliminate the tax credit carryforward.  
ASM Com on
Revenue  & Taxation   
3/20 hrg cancelled,
author rqst
Hrg 3/27/17  amended
pass 6-2(2)
ASM Approps
 
A.B. 1138
Introduced 2/17/17
Brian Maienschein
(R-77) San Diego
As introduced, AB 1138 is a spot bill currently regarding Health and Safety Code
Section 121720. Note that this provision is part of Health and Safety Code
Division 105, Part 6, Veterinary Public Health and Safety,
CHAPTER 1.5. Dog Importation: Health Certificates [121720 - 121723] enacted
in 2014 by AB 1809 authored by Maienschein.
Amended in Assembly, March 28, 2017  to add to the Business &  Professions
Code
a new Section 17531.2 to


See 2014 AB 1809, Maienschein  
(3/27) ASM Com on
Privacy & Consumer
Protection    Hrg 4/25
 
A.B. 1199
Introduced 2/17/17
Adrin Nazarian (D-46)
Sherman Oaks  

Sponsor: Social
Compassion in
Legislation  
As introduced, AB 1199 would add to the Penal Code provisions covering the
Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, Field Services and
Standards for Recruitment and Training a new Section 13514.3 to require by
January 1, 2019 within the basic training course, specific training about dog
behavior and how to best and safely manage encounters with dogs using
appropriate force.  

ASM Com on Public Safety Policy Analysis, April 18, 2017      
AB 1199 Integrated Statutory Text  
ASM Com on Public
Safety   Hrg 4/18
Passed 6-1   
To ASM Approps
Hearing Audio 4/18/17

Cal Channel Video  
A.B. 1491
Introduced 2/17/17
Anna M. Caballero
(D-30) Salinas  



















Add Coauthor:
Assembly Member
Maienschein (R-77)
San Diego  
As introduced, AB 1491 would add to Health and Safety Code, Division 105, Part
6, Chapter 5 a new Article 4, to read: Article  4. Sales of Dogs and Cats:
Advertising
122316. It is unlawful to do any of the following when advertising the sale of a
dog or cat to the public in this state:
(a) Offer pictures or otherwise make representations regarding a dog or cat that
do not depict the actual dog or cat available for purchase by the public.
(b) Make or disseminate any statement about the dog or cat being advertised
for sale that is known, or by the exercise of reasonable care should be known,
to be false or misleading.
(c) Make or disseminate any statement about the dog or cat being advertised for
sale with the intent not to sell to the public the actual dog or cat so advertised.
122317. It is unlawful to fail to withdraw in writing an advertisement for the sale
of a dog or cat within 48 hours after selling the dog or cat or withdrawing the
dog or cat from sale.
122318. (a) A person who violates this article is subject to a civil penalty of not
less than five hundred dollars ($500) and not more than five thousand dollars
($5,000) for each violation.
(b) The Attorney General, or the city attorney of the city or the district attorney or
county counsel of the county in which a violation of this article occurs, may bring
a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction to assess and recover the civil
penalty described in subdivision (a). The civil penalty, when collected, shall be
payable, as appropriate, to the general fund of whichever governmental entity
brought the action to assess the civil penalty.
2017 AB 1491 Statutory Reference Document, H&S Code, Div. 105, Part 6      
Amended in Assembly, March 27, 2017 to add to the Civil Code, Part 2.
Contracts, Division 3. Obligations, Title 4. Unlawful Contracts a new Section
1670.9 to read:
(a) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a contract entered into on or after
January 1, 2018, to transfer ownership of a dog or cat in which ownership is
contingent upon the making of payments over a period of time subsequent to
the transfer of possession of the dog or cat is void as against public policy.
(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to payments to repay an unsecured loan for
the purchase of the dog or cat.
(b) A contract entered into on or after January 1, 2018, for the lease of a dog or
cat is void as against public policy.
(c) In addition to any other remedies provided by law, the consumer taking
possession of a dog or cat transferred under the terms of a contract described
in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) or in subdivision (b) shall be deemed the
owner of the dog or cat and shall be entitled to return all amounts paid under
the contract.
ASM Com on Judiciary Policy Analysis, April 2, 2017     
Amended in Assembly, April 17, 2017 per policy analysis,
Statutory references cited in Legislative Counsel's Digest
Karnette Rental-Purchase Act, CA Civil Code Sections 1812.620-1812.650  
The Unruh Act, CA Civil Code Sections 1801 - 1812.20    
Integrated Text (Title 4 Unlawful Contracts), AB 1491 amended 3/27/17     
ASM Com on Judiciary
Hrg 4/4
passed 10-1  as
amended


Assembly 2nd Rdg
OPPOSE 3/29/17
unless amended,
author accepted
amendment; position
on bill neutral.

Hearing Audio 4/4/2017   

CalChannel Video  
A.B. 1569
Introduced 2/17/17
Anna M. Caballero
(D-30) Salinas  
As introduced, AB 1569 would stop use of “letter mill” documentation of
prospective tenants’ requests for reasonable accommodation for a disability
related service animal not otherwise permitted in the tenancy and would amend
Civil Code Division 1,
Part 2.5. Blind And Other Physically Disabled Persons
Section 54.1, adding a new subsection (C):  
(C) (i) A person renting, leasing, or otherwise providing real property for
compensation may, if a prospective or current tenant requests a disability-
related reasonable accommodation to keep an animal on the real property and
the disability is not readily apparent or the disability-related need for an animal
is not apparent, request that a third party provide verification of the disability and
disability-related need for the animal from the prospective or current tenant. The
third party verifying the disability and the disability-related need for the animal
shall be located in the United States and have specific knowledge of the
prospective or current tenant’s medical condition based on an individualized
examination. That examination shall include an in-person meeting with the
prospective or current tenant. The third party shall not be operating primarily as
a business to provide certifications for persons requesting verification of
animals requested as reasonable accommodations.
(ii) The following types of documentation shall not be in and of themselves
sufficient third-party verification that a prospective or current tenant requires an
animal as a reasonable accommodation, and the person renting, leasing, or
otherwise providing real property for compensation may request additional third-
party verification from a reliable source if the prospective or current tenant only
presents any of those types of documentation:
(I) An identification card or certificate for a registered service animal.
(II) An emotional support animal prescription letter.
(III) Any certificate, letter of prescription, doctor’s or any other kind of note or
letter obtained from an online source.
(IV) Documentation that does not indicate that the provider of the documentation
ever met the prospective or current tenant or performed an individualized
examination.
(iii) This subparagraph shall not apply to a “guide dog,” “signal dog,” or “service
dog,” as defined in paragraph (6), or a “service animal,” as defined in Section
113903 of the Health and Safety Code.
Amended in Assembly, March 23, 2017  to add "reliable" to the third party
requirement in (C)(i); require name, address, and telephone number or email
address for the party and conforming changes in (ii.)

See 2017 AB 2760, related topic  
ASM Com on Judiciary
Hrg 4/18, cancelled,
author request  
 
A.B. 1705
Introduced 3/2/2017
ASM Committee on
Business & Professions
As introduced, AB 1705 is the Committee's bill addressing issues in the Sunset
Review process. AB 1705 would extend to January 1, 2022, the term of the
Board, as well as extend the pilot project to provide an arbitration procedure for
the purpose of resolving disputes between a guide dog user and a licensed
guide dog school and extend indefinitely the Board duty to prepare a factsheet
regarding various functions of the board, to post that factsheet on its Internet
Web site, and to provide copies to each of the licensed guide dog schools, as
well as the requirement for licensed guide dog schools to provide copies of the
factsheet to every student receiving training from that school.




                                                                                                               
BACKGROUND
PAPER FOR THE Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind, Joint Oversight Hearing,
February 27, 2017                                                                      
2016 Sunset Review
Report, State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind              
ASM Com on
Business and
Professions