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Thursday, April 6 Spring Recess begins upon adjournment.

Tuesday, April 17, Legislature reconvenes from Spring Recess.

Friday, April 28, Last day for policy committees to hear and report fiscal bills for
referral to fiscal committees
S.B. 72   
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.   
2/9 Com on Rules      
S.B. 546
Introduced 2/16/17
Jerry Hill (D-13) San
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.  
SEN Com Bus, Profs &
S.B. 602
Introduced 2/17/16/7
Benjamin Allen (D-26)
Santa Monica
Scott D. Weiner (D-11)
San Francisco
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
Hrg 3/29
S.B. 673
Introduced 2/17/17
Josh Newman (D-29)
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  
SEN Com on Transp &
A.B. 96
Philip Y. Ting (D-19)
San Francisco
AB 96 is the Budget Act of 2017.  

Com on Budget
A.B. 197
Kevin Kiley (R-6)
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.
1/30 ASM Com on
Public Safety      
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

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
SM Approps
Hearing Audio 3/13/17
A.B. 411
Introduced 2/9/17
Richard Bloom (D-50)
Santa Monica
Al Muratsuchi (D-66)
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
ASM Com on Public
Safety   Hearing 3/14/17
pass 7-0
A.B. 485
Introduced 2/13/17
Patrick O'Donnell
(D-70) Long Beach

Sponsor: Social
Compassion in
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."

Author's Press Release, February 13, 2017      
Los Angeles Municipal Code SEC. 53.73.  SALE OF COMMERCIALLY BRED DOGS,
Referral pending
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)
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 Revenue  
& Taxation   3/20 hrg
cancelled, author rqst
Hrg 3/27/17  
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.

See 2014 AB 1809, Maienschein  
Referral pending
A.B. 1199
Introduced 2/17/17
Adrin Nazarian (D-46)
Sherman Oaks  

Sponsor: Social
Compassion in
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.  
AB 1199 Integrated Statutory Text  
ASM Com on Public
A.B. 1491
Introduced 2/17/17
Anna M. Caballero
(D-30) Salinas  
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:
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      
ASM Com on Judiciary
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
(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.

See 2017 AB 2760, related topic  
ASM Com on Judiciary  
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.

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