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S.B. 808
Introduced 1/10/2020
Holly J. Mitchell (D-30) Los
The Budget Act of 2020 would make appropriations for the support of state
government for the 2020-21 fiscal year.  For animal items, see A.B. 1917  
S.B. 573
Gut/amend 2/10/2020
Ling Ling Chang (R-29)
Diamond Bar
As amended February 10, 2020, SB 573 gutted the original bill and added new
content with another bill to address the 2019 veto of the author's SB 64. SB 573
would add to the Food and Agricultural Code new §31108.3 and §31752.1
requiring microchipping dogs or cats prior to release from an agency, shelter or
group unless the reclaiming or new owner "states that the cost of microchipping
would impose an economic hardship for the owner or new owner."
See 2019 SB 64  
Passed Senate; House
Com on Housing &
Community Development
2/24/20 to ASM Rules  
S.B. 1041
Introduced 218/2020
Ben Hueso (D-40) San

Sponsor: Social
Compassion in Legislation
As introduced, SB 1041 would amend Fish & Game Code §3960  to add a new
subsection (c) "It is unlawful to use any dog for the purpose of hunting deer at
any time;" re-letter the following subsections; and add a new subsection (d)(1)
allowing specific department actions, a new (D) "Capture or dispatch any dog
that is being used to hunt deer in violation of subdivision (c) and that is inflicting
injury or immediately threatening to inflict injury to any deer."                                     
Note, "dispatch" in this context means to kill.   
See Senator Hueso's 2019 SB 313, Circus Cruelty Prevention Act
SEN Com on Natural
Resources & Water Hrg 3/24
9:30 am   

Fiscal Committee
S.B. 1115
Introduced 2/19/2010
Scott Wilk (R-21) Santa

Sponsor: Social
Compassion in Legislation
As introduced, SB 1115 would amend the Commercial Blood Banks for Animals
and Biologics law in the Food & Agricultural Code to prohibit commercial animal
blood banks from using captive colony donors and a number of related
provisions to implement the change to all community sourced donors.  This bill
will be in competition with AB 1953 (Bloom) and attempts to be responsive to the
2019 veto of SB 212 while still maintaining a supply of safe blood and blood
products in California.  

See 2019 SB 212   
Triple referred; SEN
Committees on
Hrg 3/30
Business, Professions &
Econ Development
S.B. 1239
Introduced 2/2/20
Steven M. Glazer (D-7)
As introduced, SB 1239 would add to Food & Agricultural Code, Division 14.8
Animals a new §32100 et seq for the California Animal Response Emergency
System (CARES) program, under the oversight of the secretary, the Animal Care
Network in Disasters program to develop first responder capability to evacuate
and care for domestic pets and livestock, including research of best practices;
establish the Animal Care Network in Disasters Fund in the State Treasury for
support of this program as described.  

Fiscal Committee
S.B. 1347
Introduced 2/21/20
Cathleen Galgiani (D-5)
As introduced, SB 1347 would amend the Veterinary Practice Act, Business &
Professions Code
§4827 to expand authorized practice of veterinary medicine
without a license as permitted for shelter personnel administering sodium
pentobarbital for euthanasia of sick, injured, homeless, or surrendered
domestic pets or animals without the presence of a veterinarian, when trained,
to other designated basic care and first aid under requirements and conditions.  

Fiscal Committee
S.B. 1371
Introduced 2/21/20
Senate Committee on
As introduced, SB 1371 is the maintenance of the codes bill that makes minor,
non-substantive changes to effectuate the recommendations made by the
Legislative Counsel to the Legislature.  
A.J.R. 26
Introduced 2/4/2020
Luz Rivas (D--39) North
Co-author: Marie Waldron
(R-75) Escondido  
As introduced, Assembly Joint Resolution No. 26 would urge the federal
government to immediately declare a moratorium on all further wild horse and
burro roundups and would urge the United States Bureau of Land Management
and the United States Forest Service to restore the wild horses and burros of
California to their legal areas throughout the state.
A.B. 1917
Introduced 1/10/2020
Phil Ting (D-19) San
The Budget Act of 2020 would make appropriations for the support of state
government for the 2020–21 fiscal year.   
NOTES - Animal items  
A.B. 1953
Introduced 1/17/2020
Richard Bloom (D-50)
Santa Monica
As introduced, AB 1953 would amend the Veterinary Practice Act, Business &
Professions Code §4826 to add a new action to the definition of veterinary
practice, "(f) Collects blood from a dog for the purpose of transferring or selling
that blood, or blood products derived from the blood, to a licensed veterinarian
for use at a registered premise."
Asm Business and
A.B. 1955
Introduced 1/17/2020
Randy Voepel (R-71)
As introduced, AB 1955 would amend Penal Code §600 (law enforcement
horses and dogs) subsection (a) if a serious injury is not inflicted on the horse
or dog, increase the maximum fine from $1,000 to $2,000; and subsections (a)
and (c)  if serious injury is inflicted on the horse or dog, the bill would require a
felony sentence to be served in the state prison rather than a county jail.
Amended in Assembly, March 4, 2020 to
Asm Public Safety Hrg  3/10
hrg cancelled,@author rqst
A.B. 1984
Introduced 1/23/2020
Brian Maienschein (D-77)
San Diego
As introduced, AB 1984 would conform various statutory provisions of law to the
abolition of municipal courts and their unification within the superior courts
including amending Corporations Code §14502 to delete the term, "constables."
Assembly Committee on Judiciary Policy Analysis, March 6, 2020     
Asm Judiciary Hrg 3/10  
pass 11-0   To ASM Approps

Fiscal Committee
A.B. 2059
Introduced 2/4/2020
Sydney Kamlager (D-54)
Los Angeles

add Co-Author Richard
Bloom (D-50) Santa Monica
As introduced, AB 2059 would create the Protection of Dogs from Unnecessary
Testing Act by adding to the Civil Code a new §1834.9.3 prohibiting a contract
testing facility from conducting a canine toxicological experiment for any purpose
other than those specified in accordance with the terms defined in this section.
Assembly Committee on Judiciary Policy Analysis, March 6, 2020    
Amended in Assembly, March 11, 2020 to
ASM Judiciary Hrg 3/10
pass 10-1  as amended
ASM Approps
A.B. 2117
Introduced 2/6/2020
Patrick O'Donnell (D-70)
Long Beach

Sponsor: Social
Compassion in Legislation
As introduced, AB 2117 would amend the Pet Store Animal Care Act, Health &
Safety Code
§122354.5 (a,) (c,) and (f) to allow a pet store operator to only sell a
live dog, cat, or rabbit in a pet store that was
obtained from a public animal
control agency or shelter,
deleting private (non contract) shelters and rescue
organizations and amend (i) to classify any violation of §122354.5 as a
misdemeanor in addition to the existing civil penalty of $500 and each violation
being each animal offered for sale
per day; and other corresponding

STATUTE, 2/23/2020

See 2017 AB 485 (O'Donnell) and 2018 AB 2445 (O'Donnell)
ASM Com on Bus & Profs

Fiscal Committee
A.B. 2152
Introduced 2/10/2020
Todd Gloria (D-78) San
Principal Co-Author, ASM
Waldron, co-authors
Bloom, Boerner, Horvath,
As introduced, AB 2152 would amend the Pet Store Animal Care Act to repeal
existing §122354.5 allowing retail pet stores to acquire dogs, cats and rabbits
for resale from humane sources, and add a new §122354.5 to prohibit any retail
sales and only allow showcasing for providing space to a public animal control
agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter,
humane society shelter, or rescue group as long as the store has no ownership
interest in the animal or compensation for providing space.
The store operator is exempt from specified provisions of Lockyer-Polanco-Farr
Pet Protection Act.
For purposes of this section, a “rescue group” is an organization that is tax
exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and that does not
breed animals or obtain animals from breeders or brokers for compensation.
Violations would be misdemeanors.
STATUTE, 2/23/2020
Assemblymember Gloria's Press Release, February 11, 2020
ASM Com on Bus & Profs

Fiscal Committee
A.B. 2568
Introduced 2/20/2020
Brian Maienschein (D-77)
San Diego  

Sponsor: Social
Compassion in Legislation
As introduced, AB 2568 would add to the Government Code a new §8608.1, " A
city or county that requires a kennel license or permit to operate a kennel within
its jurisdiction shall require, as a condition for obtaining the license or permit,
that the kennel owner create and submit to the city or county an animal natural
disaster evacuation plan for any kennel covered by the license or permit."

See 2019 AB 486 (Monique Limón) held in Assembly Suspense
ASM Com on Governmental
A.B. 2645
Introduced 2/20/2020
Adrin Nazarian (D-46)
Toluca Lake, Los Angeles

Sponsored by Animal
Legal Defense Fund;

Animal Hope in Legislation
As introduced, AB 2645 would add to the Penal Code a new §1105  (a) In any
prosecution pursuant to Section 310, 596, 597, 597.1, 597.5, 597.7, 597a, 597b,
597c, 597f, 597h, 597i, 597j, 597m, 597s, 597t, 600, or 600.5, or in any court
proceeding pursuant to Section 310, 596, 597, 597.1, 597.5, 597.7, 597.9, 597a,
597b, 597c, 597f, 597h, 597i, 597j, 597m, 597s, 597t, 598.1, 599aa, 600, or
600.5 or in any other criminal proceeding regarding the welfare, care, or custody
of an animal, the court, upon its own motion or upon request of a party or
counsel for a party, may appoint an advocate to represent the interests of the
animal, without regard to whether the animal is alive or deceased. The court
may appoint an advocate at any stage of the proceedings during or after
(b) If a court appoints an advocate pursuant to subdivision (a), the court shall
appoint that advocate from the list maintained by the court clerk pursuant to
subdivision (d). The court has discretion to remove the advocate.
(c) (1) If the court appoints an advocate pursuant to this section, all of the
following apply:
(A) The advocate shall monitor the case.
(B) The advocate shall have access to relevant files, documents, and reports
related to the case.
(C) The advocate shall share with attorneys for the state and defendant any
information new to the case or prepared by the advocate for presentation to the
court or either party.
(D) The advocate shall present information and recommendations to the court
that are pertinent to determinations that relate to the interests of the animal the
advocate represents, if the information and recommendations are the result of
the duties the advocate has undertaken pursuant to this subdivision. The
information and recommendations may be based upon the knowledge and
experience of the advocate or another specialist with specific knowledge and
expertise relating to the type of animal that is involved in the case.
(2) An advocate who is appointed pursuant to this section may do any of the
(A) Consult any individual who has information that could aid the judge or
factfinder in making a determination regarding the interests of the animal.
(B) Review records relating to the animal’s condition and the defendant’s
actions, including, but not limited to, records from animal control officers,
veterinarians, and peace officers.
(C) Attend hearings by being physically present or by means of electronic
audiovideo communication.
(D) As needed and appropriate, provide a victim impact statement to the court.
(d)  The clerk of the court shall maintain a list of attorneys and certified law
students who have indicated a willingness to serve as advocates pursuant to
this section on a voluntary basis, and are eligible to serve in that capacity. In
order to be eligible to serve as an advocate, attorneys shall be licensed to
practice law in this state and the applicable rules of professional conduct apply.
In order to be eligible to serve as an advocate, certified law students shall be
authorized to make court appearances in California and have completed training
required pursuant to the rules of the State Bar of California for purposes of the
Practical Training of Law Students Program.
(e) This section applies to cases arising from arrests made on or after January
1, 2021.
(f) For purposes of this section, an “animal” has the meaning set forth in Section

Fiscal Committee
A.B. 2691
Introduced 2/20/2020
Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
(D-16) Orinda
As introduced, AB 2691 would create requirements for dog trainers, training
facilities and operators parallel to the Pet Boarding Facilities law with additional
requirements and enforcement provisions for dog training. Because this bill is
so heavily dependent on 2016 SB 945's content that distracts from the critical
issue of WHO would be subject to the bill, we are providing a detailed resource
to separate and prioritize these concerns.
REFERENCE GUIDE: CA AB 2691 (Bauer-Kahan) Dog Training, 2/24/2020
Also see 2016 AB 995 (Monning)
ASM double referred:
Com on Bus.& Profs
Com on Judiciary

Fiscal Committee
A.B. 2855
Introduced 2/21/2020
Assembly Committee on
Business & Professions
As introduced, AB 2855 would make non-substantive changes to the Veterinary
Practice Act and specifically amend §4841.4 providing for VMB qualifications for
registration of veterinary technicians, that the only examination shall be "a
national licensing examination." (Currently no examination has been required.)
ASM Com on Business &

Fiscal Committee
A.B. 2888
Introduced 2/21/2020
Laura Friedman (D-43)
As introduced, AB 2888 would add to Chapter 5 (Sales of Dogs and Cats) of Part
6 of Division 105  of the Health and Safety Code a new Article 4, Emotional
Support Dogs as Health & Safety Code §122317 requiring a seller of an
emotional support dog or identifying items must disclose non-eligibility as a
service dog and that any certificate or registration and that any certification or
registration does not imply that there is a government validation or endorsement
of the certification or registry; as well as amending Penal Code §365.7,
fraudulent representation of guide, signal, or service dog to expressly include
doing so with an emotional support dog.
Amended in Assembly, March 16, 2020 to add to the above referenced new
Health & Safety Code, Chapter 5 a new §122318 to read:
" (a) A
health care practitioner shall not provide documentation relating to an
individual’s need for an emotional support dog that is not a guide, signal, or
service dog, as defined in Section 365.5 of the Penal Code, unless the health
care practitioner
complies with all of the following criteria:
(1) Possesses a
valid, active license and includes the effective date, license
number, jurisdiction, and type of professional license in the documentation.
(2) Is licensed to provide professional services
within the scope of the license
in the jurisdiction in which the documentation is provided.
Establishes a client-provider relationship with the individual for at least 30
days prior
to providing the documentation requested regarding the individual’s
need for an emotional support dog.
Completes an in-person clinical evaluation of the individual regarding the
for an emotional support dog.
(b) For purposes of this section, a “health care practitioner” means a person
who is licensed and regulated pursuant to Division 2 (commencing with Section
500) of the Business and Professions Code, who is acting within the scope of
practice of the person’s license or certificate."
ASM Com on Public Safety
Hrg 3/16 postponed by Com

Fiscal Committee
A.B. 3035
Introduced 2/21/2020
James Patterson (R-23)
Fresno and Senator
Andreas Borgeas (R-8)
As introduced, AB 3035 would make technical, non-substantive changes to
Penal Code §599 prohibitions covering poultry and rabbits; currently classified
as animal welfare topic.  
A.B. 3201
Introduced 2/21/2020
Miguel Santiago (D-53)
Los Angeles
As introduced, AB 3201 would add to the Business & Professions Code
(Veterinary Practice Act) a new §4853.8 defining “large corporation” as meaning
a for-profit corporation that owns more than 60 veterinary premises in this state
and imposing specific requirements, restrictions and limitations including
mandatory review and approval by the VMB for purchase of additional practices
and a full review of the corporations's license to operate veterinary premises if
"the number of health and safety citations issued to the corporation exceeds 100
in a calendar year."

Fiscal Committee

2019 - 2020
Friday, February 21: Last day for bills to be introduced.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020: the Assembly has adjourned until Monday, April 13, 2020.
The next Senate Floor Session will convene on Monday, April 13, 2020; hearings for March 17 have
been cancelled.

Thursday, March 27, 2020, Governor Newsom issues a Stay at Home
ORDER statewide, in effect
until further notice.