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Friday, February 17 Last day for bills to be introduced

Thursday, April 6 Spring Recess begins upon adjournment
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 on Rules
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
. (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
. (4) Indoor pest control products used to mitigate insects
indoors, including ant bait
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  
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
1/30 ASM Com on Public
A.B. 292
Introduced 2/2/2017
Marc Steinorth (R-40)
Rancho Cucamonga  
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,
See 2015 AB 976, Steinorth, similar topic; also 2016 AB 797 enacted.  
2/13 ASM Com on
Revenue & Taxation
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.  
ASM Com on Public Safety
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               
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        
Referral pending
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.
Referral pending
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  
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
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      
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
(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.

See 2017 AB 2760, related topic