2006 CALIFORNIA BILL INFORMATION

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BILL
NO.
AUTHOR(S)
SUBJECT
STATUS
TAC'S
ACTION
SB 156
(2005 bill)
Sen. Nell Soto D-32
Ontario
Increases misdemeanor penalties
for cock/animal fighting (not dogs)
or being an event spectator.  
March 13, GUT and AMENDED as
totally different subject - PUBLIC
SAFETY: FIREFIGHTING.
N/A
N/A
SB 1578
Sen. ALAN LOWENTHAL
D-27, Long Beach;
principal co-author ASM
Member PAUL KORETZ
(D-42) West Hollywood

Co-author ASM LLOYD
LEVINE (D-40) Van Nuys
SB 1578 as amended August 24
(additional information)
SECTION 1.  Chapter 8
(commencing with Section
122335) is added to Part 6 of
Division 105 of the Health and
Safety Code, to read:
CHAPTER 8.  Dog Tethering
122335.  (a) For purposes of this
chapter, the following terms shall
have the following definitions:
(1) "Animal control" means the
municipal or county animal control
agency or any other entity
responsible for enforcing
animal-related laws.
(2) "Agricultural operation" means
an activity that is necessary for the
commercial growing and
harvesting of crops or the raising of
livestock or poultry.
(3) "Person" means any individual,
partnership, corporation,
organization, trade or professional
association, firm, limited liability
company, joint venture,
association, trust, estate, or any
other legal entity, and any officer,
member, shareholder, director,
employee, agent, or representative
thereof.
(4) "Reasonable period" means a
period of time not to exceed three
hours in a 24-hour period, or a
time that is otherwise approved by
animal control.
(b) No person shall tether, fasten,
chain, tie, or restrain a dog, or
cause a dog to be tethered,
fastened, chained, tied, or
restrained, to a dog house, tree,
fence, or any other stationary object.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision
(b), a person may do any of the
following in accordance with
Section 597t of the Penal Code:
(1) Attach a dog to a running line,
pulley, or trolley system. A dog
shall not be tethered to the running
line, pulley, or trolley system by
means of a choke collar or pinch
collar.
(2) Tether, fasten, chain, tie, or
otherwise restrain a dog
pursuant to the requirements of a
camping or recreational area.
(3) Tether, fasten, chain, or tie a
dog no longer than is
necessary for the person to
complete a temporary task that
requires the dog to be restrained
for a reasonable period.
(4) Tether, fasten, chain, or tie a
dog while engaged in, or
actively training for, an activity that
is conducted pursuant to a valid
license issued by the State of
California if the activity for which the
license is issued is associated
with the use or presence  of  a
dog.  
Nothing in this paragraph
shall be construed to prohibit a
person from restraining a dog
while participating in activities or
using accommodations that are
reasonably  associated with the
licensed activity.
(5) Tether, fasten, chain, or tie a
dog while actively engaged in any
of the following:  
(A) Conduct that is directly related
to the business of
shepherding or herding cattle or
livestock.  
(B) Conduct that is directly related
to the business of
cultivating agricultural products,
if the restraint is reasonably
necessary for the safety of the
dog.
(d) A person who violates this
chapter is guilty of an infraction or a
misdemeanor.
(1) An infraction under this chapter
is punishable upon conviction by a
fine of up to two hundred fifty
dollars ($250) as to each dog with
respect to which a violation occurs.
(2) A misdemeanor under this
chapter is punishable upon
conviction by a fine of up to one
thousand dollars ($1,000) as to
each dog with respect to which a
violation occurs, or imprisonment
in a county jail for not more than six
months, or both.  
(3) Notwithstanding subdivision
(d), animal control may issue a
correction warning to a person
who violates this chapter,
requiring the owner to correct the
violation, in lieu of an infraction or
misdemeanor, unless the
violation endangers the health or
safety of the animal, the animal
has been wounded as a result of
the violation, or a correction
warning has previously been
issued to the
individual.
(e) Nothing in this chapter shall be
construed to prohibit a
person from walking a dog with a
hand-held leash.
SEC. 2.  No reimbursement is
required by this act pursuant to
Section 6 of Article XIII B of the
California Constitution because
the only costs that may be incurred
by a local agency or school district
will be incurred because this act
creates a new crime or infraction,
eliminates a crime or infraction, or
changes the penalty for a crime or
infraction, within the meaning of
Section 17556 of the
Government Code, or changes the
definition of a crime within the
meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII
B of the California
Constitution.        

Senate Floor Analysis
Assembly Business &
Professions Analysis
Assembly Appropriations
Committee Analysis
Assembly Floor Analysis
Senate Floor Analysis
(Concurrence)
Introduced 2/23, from printer 2/24, to Rules
Com. for assignment to policy committee.  
May be heard in committee on or after
March 26.

3/15 withdrawn from Sen. Jud., re-referred
to Sen. Rules and referred to Sen.
Committee on Business, Professions &
Economic Development

PASSED OUT OF SENATE POLICY
COMMITTEE 4/3, PARTISAN 3 AYES, 1 NO

To Senate Committee on Appropriations
Hearing 4/24,

FAILED 3-5-4
Reconsider-
ation granted,

May 22 passed;
7-3-3
to Senate Floor:
June 1, passed 21-14

Assembly Com. on Business &
Professions
hearing Tuesday 6/27
passed out on partisan vote,
6 Dem ayes,
3 Rep noes.

To Asm. Approps., hrg Aug. 9, PASSED
12-4 partisan:

TO ASSEMBLY FLOOR,
Assembly vote to permit amendment, bill
on third reading awaiting floor vote, 8/29
failed
40-33 VOTE
RECONSIDERA-TION: 8/30
passed 46-32
partisan vote
To Senate for concurrence
8/31 Senate concurs 21-16 partisan vote

To enrollment

SIGNED BY GOV
9/27/06
Oppose as state law
provision.  

Restated opposition
as amended 3/27

Governor's Office of
Planning & Research
(OPR) OPPOSES































OPPOSE
SB 1349
Sen. Nell Soto D-32
Ontario
Increases misdemeanor penalties
for cock/animal fighting (not dogs)
or being an event spectator.  
Another version of
SB 156 (above), this bill includes
extensive new legislative findings
arguing that California's relatively
low penalty levels for cockfighting
offenses attract out of state
cock-fighters who will put
California at risk for an outbreak of
Avian flu, the cost of which would
far exceed the cost of enhanced
penalties.   
Bill provisions.

Amended August 21 adding
discretionary language for
sentence on second and
subsequent offenses, "except in
unusual circumstances in which
the interests of justice would be
better served by the imposition of a
lesser sentence" for both Penal
Code 597b(c) and 597j(c) and
reduces second and subsequent
violation of 597j (fighting birds and
animals
other that dogs) to a
misdemeanor only with maximum
penalty 1 year in jail and/or fine not
over $25,000.  

Assembly Floor Analysis
A gut/amend bill, amended 3/29
Sen. Public Safety, 4/18
FAILED IN COMMITTEE
RECONSIDERA-TION GRANTED
HRG. 4/25, passed 5-1, to Sen. Approps.
5/8 - suspense, released 5/25: 11-2; TO

SENATE FLOOR
PASSED 35-2
(McClintock, Ashburn)
ASM Committee on Public Safety hrg.
6/20, 6-1
Released from Suspense
Assembly Floor
8/24
73-2
8/30 Senate Concurrence 35-3
To enrollment
SIGNED BY GOV.
Monitor
SB 1806
Sen. Liz Figueroa,
D-10, Fremont,
principal co-author,
Asm. Member Lloyd
Levine, D-40, Van
Nuys
SB 1806 would state findings and
declarations regarding the
consequences of leaving
companion animals unattended
inside closed vehicles in the heat
As amended April 24.  
This bill would provide that leaving
or confining an animal in any
unattended motor vehicle under
conditions that endanger the
health or well-being of an animal
due to heat, cold, lack of adequate
ventilation, or lack of food or water,
or other circumstances that could
reasonably be expected to cause
suffering, disability, or death to the
animal, or if the temperature
outside the vehicle is 85 degrees
Fahrenheit or higher is a crime
punishable by a fine,
imprisonment in a county jail, or
both fine and imprisonment, as
specified.

SENATE FLOOR ANALYSIS

ASSEMBLY PUBLIC SAFETY
ANALYSIS

AMENDED AUGUST 7 deletes the
provision that 50% of fines
collected be allocated to
educational programs about
dangers of leaving animals in
unattended motor vehicles.  

ASSEMBLY  FLOOR ANALYSIS
A gut/amend bill, amended 3/27 and
then referred to Senate Committee
on Public Safety
Passed 4-0, amended, re-referred to
Senate Committee on Judiciary
Amended 4/24.  
5/8 FROM APPROPS COM RULE 28.8 TO
SEN FLOOR 2ND READING
PASSED SENATE 31 AYES; TO ASM.
PUBLIC SAFETY (LENO), hearing June 20,
passed 7-0, to
Asm. Approps.
6/28, pased 14 ayes, 1 no; to Assembly
Floor,
Passed 64-7, concurrence, Senate Floor
29 ayes, 2 nos: to enrollment.
SIGNED BY GOV.
Oppose

Conflicts with local  
laws creating   
unnecessary state
crime where no
harm is caused.  

Oppose - Assembly
Public Safety Committee

















SEE NORTH COUNTY
TIMES STORY, 9/26
AND COMMENTS ON
SIGNING OF SB 1806

CHAPTERED BILL
         
ARC 113
Asm. Members LLOYD
LEVINE D-40, Van Nuys
DAVE JONES, D-9,
Sacramento: Sen
Co-Author, JACKIE
SPEIER D-8,
Hillsborough
Annual Assembly Concurrent
Resolution declaring February 28,
2006,  
Spay Day USA 2006, and
would request that Californians
observe that day by having their
dogs or cats spayed or neutered
and by contributing to
organizations that provide spay
and neuter services.
Chaptered
 
AB 450
Asm. Members LELAND
YEE D-12, San
Francisco, JEROME
HORTON D-51,
Inglewood;
(Coauthors: Ahgazarian
R-26, Levine D-40,
Mountjoy R-59, and
Plescia R-75)
Gut/amend 2005 bill, amended
1/9/06, Standardized
emergency
management
system.
Amended April 25 to be more
specific:  
SECTION 1.  Section 8608 is
added to the Government Code, to
read: 8608.  The  Office of
Emergency Services shall approve
and adopt, and incorporate the
California Animal Response
Emergency System (CARES)
program developed under the
oversight of the Department of
Food and Agriculture into the  
standardized emergency
management system established
pursuant to subdivision  a) of
Section 8607.  
For background on
existing law and related bills, see
 
Senate Committee on
Governmental Organization
Analysis
Senate Appropriations Committee
Analysis
Amended August 22: Senate Floor
Analysis
Senate Committee on
GovernmentalOrganization, hrg. 6/16
Passed 6/0
to Senate
Approps. 6/26, to Suspense
File,
8/17 passed out,
Senate Floor
passed 35-1
to Assembly, concurred 76-1,
Enrolled
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
MONITOR










GOVENOR'G SIGNING
MESSAGE
AB 2110
Asm Member LONI
HANCOCK D-14
Berkeley
AB 2110, as amended April 18 -  
Animal cruelty: dogs: field
coursing - creates a new crime
in  Penal Code Section 597.4,
AMENDED IN PUBLIC SAFETY
COMMITTEE, APRIL 18, BY
AUTHOR TO NARROW DEFINITION,
NOW:

"For the purposes of this section,
"live field coursing"
is a competition in which dogs
are, by the use of rabbits, hares,
or foxes, assessed as to skill in
hunting live rabbits, hares, or
foxes."

As defined, "live field coursing" is
prohibited as a criminal offense.  
The penalty remains, "a
misdemeanor punishable by
imprisonment in a county jail for a
period not to exceed six months,
by a fine not to exceed one
thousand dollars ($1,000), or by
both that imprisonment and fine."


April 18 Amended bill text













California Fish & Game
Commission voted to oppose.  
Introduced Feb. 17, from the printer, 2/21,
may be heard in Committee March 23 (or
later)  
To Asm. Com. on Public Safet
y

PASSED OUT OF POLICY COMMITTEE 4/4,
4 AYES,
3 NOES
TO ASM COM ON  APPROPS.

HEARING MAY 8:
SUSPENSE FILE

Committee Contact List

KEY CONTACTS ASSEMBLY FLOOR

MAY 25, HELD IN SUSPENSE FILE
OPPOSE
.Restated, 3/24
NOTE:  
  • All participants need
    to have a valid
    California hunting
    license.
  • All edible portions of
    downed game must
    be removed from the
    field for human
    consumption
    purposes per
    California Fish and
    Game laws and
    regulations.
  • Competitive coursing
    is only one but a
    necessary aspect of
    evaluating and
    preserving historic,
    natural hunting
    instinct in Sighthound
    breeds.

  • For more information
http://www.stop2110.org
AB 2146
Asm Member JOE
CANCIAMILLA D-11
Pittsburgh,
 Tom
Harmon, R-67
Huntington Beach;
co-author,
Asm. Member BIll Maze,
R-34, Visalia
NEW Section 221 to the Fish
and Game Code
codifying
administrative procedure for
local ord. conflicting with
California Constitution
authority delegated to Fish &
Game Commission.

Assembly Committee
Analysis - significant for law
applicable to local hunting
ordinances.  
Amended May 2

Amended May 26

Amended June 20

SENATE N.R. & W ANALYSIS
Introduced Feb. 21.Ref. to Asm. Com. on
Water, Parks & Wildlife
Amended, hearing 4/25,
PASSED 14-0 to Asm. Approps.
Amended 5/2
HRG. 5/17, to Suspense File
5/30, passed ASSEMBLY FLOOR 76 ayes
1 no (Hancock)
Sen. Natural Resources & Water, hrg
6/27, 1st & 2nd hrgs. cancelled at request
of author.
MONITOR/SUPPORT
  • Sponsored by California
    Waterfowl Association to
    affirm state authority to
    regulate hunting
AB 2428
Asm Member JOE
CANCIAMILLA D-11
co-author,
Asm. Member KEITH
RICHMAN (M.D.)  R-38,
Northridge
PUBLIC MEETINGS
SECTION 1.  Section 9030.5 is
added to the Government Code, to
read:
9030.5.  When any person who
appears before
a house of the
Legislature or any committee
thereof
claims to represent a
group, the person
shall be
required
to disclose all of the
following:
(a) The number of persons in the
group.
(b) The group's top three sources
of funding.
(c) The location of the group's
headquarters or where the group
is based.
SEC. 2.  Section 11125.7 of the
Government Code is amended
AND SEC. 3.  Section 54954.3 of
the Government Code is amended
t
o permit state bodies
(Bagley-Keene
Open Meeting Act)  and
local
bodies
(Ralph M. Brown Act) to
adopt these requirements.
Introduced 2/23, from printer 2/24, to Rules
Com. for assignment to policy committee.  
May be heard in committee on or after
March 26
PENDING
AB 2485
Asm Member DAVE
JONES D-9,  
Sacramento; JOHN
LAIRD D-27, Santa Cruz

Additional co-authors:
D Assemby members
Chan, Pavely, Koretz,
Wolk; D Senator Kuehl
Reducing sea otter mortality from
nonpoint source pollution
by
creating funding source for
research program and adding new
Section 4501 to the Fish and
Game Code, to read:  (AMENDED
LANGUAGE, 5/26)
SEC. 2.  Section 4501 is added to
the Fish and Game Code, to read:
4501.  (a) The Legislature finds
and declares that several types of
nonpoint source pollution are
harmful to sea otters, and that
scientific studies point to links
between cat feces, the pathogen
T-gondii, and sea otter mortality.
The Legislature further finds and
declares that efforts to reduce
the flushing of cat litter and cat
feces are steps toward better
water quality in the sea otters'
natural habitat.
(b) Any cat litter offered for sale in
this state shall contain either of
the following statements  :  
(1)     "Encouraging  your cat to
use an indoor litter box, or
properly disposing of outdoor cat
feces, is beneficial to overall
water quality. Please do not flush
cat litter in toilets or dispose of it
outdoors in gutters or storm
drains."
(2) A general statement that
encourages the disposal of cat
feces in trash and discourages
flushing cat feces in toilets or
drains.
NOTE - violation is a crime.  
Amended May 26
Senate Policy Committee analysis
Amended June 19
(non-substantive)
Amended August 7 (minor)
Senate Appropriations Analysis
Amended August 9
Amended August 22                 
Senate Floor Analysis

Department of Fish &
Game Enforcement Info
2007
Introduced 2/23

AMENDED 3/30
ASM WATER, PARKS & WILDLIFE 4/4
HEARING
Passed 11-0, to Asm. Committee on
Rev &
Tax, passed 5-2, to Asm. Approps
Amended 4/24.
Hrg, May 3
5/25, PASSED UNANIMOUSLY, AMENDED,
TO ASSEMBLY FLOOR, PASSEDMay 31,
53-27
6/13, Senate Natural Resources & Water,
passed
4-2-1, to Senate
Revenue & Tax
6/28, passed 4-3 partisan vote, Sen
Approps, 8/7
8/17 passed out 10-3, passed Sen Flr
26-10, ASM concurs, to enrollment.
CHAPTERED 9/18
MONITOR
AB 2760
Asm. Member ALBERTO
TORRICO D-29, Fremont
Amends Section 4848 of the
Business and Professions Code
(Veterinary Practice Act) to require
the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB)
to issue a temporary license,
allowing practice supervised by a
CA licensed vet, to a vet licensed
elsewhere in the US or Canada
and having practiced for 4? of the
past 5  years.  
Introduced Feb. 24, to Assembly
Committee on Business & Professions
MONITOR
AB 2862
Asm. Member MARK
RIDLEY-THOMAS D-48,
Los Angeles
Adds new Chapter 8
(commencing with Section
122340)
to Part 6 of Division 105 of the
Health and Safety Code, relating to  
animal sales by pet stores,
redefined by March 28
amendment: Pet store" means any
establishment or marketplace
where animals are bought, sold,
exchanged, or offered for sale to
the general public with the intent of
making a profit where the animals
are intended as companions or
household animals. This term
includes the keeping for transfer or
the transfer of animals at temporary
facilities, such as flea markets,
mobile facilities, department
stores, merchandise outlets,
discount outlets, animal shows
conducting a sale, and other types
of retail outlets where the animals
are intended as companions or
household animals.  
ALL
VIOLATIONS ARE CRIMES,
SEPARATE OFFENSE PER ANIMAL,
SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT
VIOLATIONS ARE
MISDEMEANORS WITH JAIL TIME.
Click above link for current bill text
and other information.  
Original bill and related statutes
AMENDED IN SENATE JUNE 19
AMENDED AUGUST 7
AMENDED AUGUST 15  all content
gutted and replaced:
"SECTION 1.  The Legislature
hereby finds and declares all of
the following:
(a) It is the intent of the
Legislature to establish
standards of care for animals in
pet stores.
(b) Standards of care for animals
in pet stores are essential to
ensure the humane treatment of
the animals, safeguard the public,
and are in the public interest.
(c) The Legislature does not
intend, by adding Chapter 8
(commencing with Section
122340) to Part 6 of Division 105
of the Health and Safety Code, to
regulate the care or handling of
animals in or on farms, ranches,
livestock or horse auctions,
livestock markets, slaughtering
facilities, or any place other than
pet stores as defined in that
chapter.
SEC. 2.    Chapter 8 (commencing
with Section 122340)
is added to Part 6 of Division 105
of the   Health and
Safety Code   , to read:
CHAPTER 8.  SALE OF ANIMALS
AT PET STORES
122340.  The Department of
Consumer Affairs shall adopt
regulations to regulate the care
and handling of companion
animals sold to the general public
at retail outlets. Those
regulations shall be adopted,
after consultation with affected
parties, by January 1, 2008.  
SEC. 3.   This act is an urgency
statute necessary for the
immediate preservation of the
public peace, health, or safety
within the meaning of Article IV of
the Constitution and shall go into
immediate effect. The facts
constituting the necessity are:
In order to give the Department of
Consumer Affairs   sufficient time
to confer with the appropriate
parties and adopt the regulations,
it is necessary that this act take
effect immediately."
SENATE FLOOR ANALYSIS
Assembly Concurrence Analysis
Introduced
Feb. 24.,
to Assembly Committee on Business  &
Professions

AMENDED 4/19, 3rd time (minor)
Passed out of Assembly policy committee,
4/17
vote 6-3.  5/3 Passed
Asm. Com. on
Approps 12-5-(1)
partisan vote.
May 31 PASSED ON Assembly Floor
47-32-3; to Senate Committee on B., P . &
E.D. hrg 6/26; held in committee w/o vo
te,
re-set 8/10: passed out as amended; to
ASM Approps, 8-17 - Senate Rule
28.8

PASSED SENATE 28-12 PARTISAN VOTE,
3 REP. CROSSOVERS: ASHBURN,
DENHAM, MALDANADO

To Assembly for concurrence8/30
64-15
To enrollment

VETOED

GOV'S VETO MESSAGE
OPPOSE


* Vagueness as to who
is covered.

* Business operations
criminally liable
(misdemeanor w/jail)
with no harm done









Oppose











NEUTRAL


.
AB 2915
Asm. Member LORI
SALDANA, D-76, San
Diego
Amends Section 4830 of the
Business and Professions Code
to exempt from the laws regulating
the practice
of veterinary medicine unlicensed
personnel employed by a city, city
and county, or county and acting in
an official capacity for any state
diagnostic laboratory, when in the
course of their duties, they are
directed by a veterinarian
supervisor to conduct activities
related to pathology and
epidemiology on deceased
animals as part of specified
government activities.  
Clarifying
amendments, April 27
Assembly Bus & Prof. Committee
Analysis
Amended May 25 tightened
criteria for unlicensed
veterinarians, no longer
"personnel" employed by local
government working with dead
animals relating to pathology and
epidemiology.  
Assembly Floor Analysis
Senate Business, Professions &
Econ. Dev. Analysis
Amended
August 7 to broaden scope to
include graduates of non-AVMA
accredited vet schools.
Senate Floor Analysis
Amended August 22 to add 2011
sunset and provisions to be
operative 2011.  
Introduced
Feb. 24
to Assembly Committee on Business
& Professions
Hrg. May 8, PASSED 6-3
5/30 Passed Assembly
Floor 78 ayes, to Sen.Com. on B.,
P. & E.D
hrg 6/26, passed 3-1,
SENATE FLOOR
37-3
ASM concurs 75-0
To enrollment
MONITOR



















SIGNED BY
GOVERNOR
AB 3027
Asm. Member LLOYD
LEVINE D-40, Van Nuys
Elephants - Amends Section 596.5
of the Penal Code to increase
requirements and penalties for
any
person's behavior and care of
elephants.  
AMENDED APRIL 20
ADDS - effective 1/1/08 prohibits
certain items and imposes
requirements on traveling displays;
effective 1/1/09 imposes 5 acre
and substrate requirements on
stationary facilities.   
Committee
Analysis
Introduced
Feb.
24.  To
Assembly  Committee on Public Safety,
hrg. 4/25
AMENDED 4/
20
PASSED 5-2, TO Asm. Com. on Approps.  
HRG MAY 10
TO SUSPENSE FILE,
5/25 HELD IN SUSPENSE FILE
OPPOSE