BILL NUMBER: AB 1614	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MAY 8, 2007

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Strickland
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Coto, Leno, and Levine)

                        FEBRUARY 23, 2007

   An act to amend Section 596.7 of the Penal Code, relating to
animals.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1614, as amended, Strickland. Rodeo animals.
   Existing law requires the management of any professionally
sanctioned or amateur rodeo that  intents  
intends  to perform in any city, county, or city and county to
ensure that there is a licensed veterinarian present during the
performances of the rodeo or on-call, as specified. Existing law
establishes the duties of the veterinarian and rodeo management with
respect to the treatment of injured animals. For purposes of these
provisions "rodeo" is defined as, among other things, a performance
featuring 4 or more of specified events involving bareback bronc
riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, steer
wrestling, or team roping.
   This bill would revise that definition to instead refer to 3 or
more of these events. By changing the definition of an infraction,
the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
   The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.
   This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
act for a specified reason.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: yes.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 596.7 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
   596.7.  (a) For purposes of this section, "rodeo" means a public
performance featuring competition between  persons, which
  persons that  includes three or more of the
following events: bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull
riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, or team roping.
   (b) The management of any professionally sanctioned or amateur
rodeo that intends to perform in any city, county, or city and county
shall ensure that there is a veterinarian licensed to practice in
this state present at all times during the performances of the rodeo,
or a veterinarian licensed to practice in the state who is on-call
and able to arrive at the rodeo within one hour after a determination
has been made that there is an injury which requires treatment to be
provided by a veterinarian.
   (c) (1) The attending or on-call veterinarian shall have complete
access to the site of any event in the rodeo that uses animals.
   (2) The attending or on-call veterinarian may, for good cause,
declare any animal unfit for use in any rodeo event.
   (d) (1) Any animal that is injured during the course of, or as a
result of, any rodeo event shall receive immediate examination and
appropriate treatment by the attending veterinarian or shall begin
receiving examination and appropriate treatment by a veterinarian
licensed to practice in this state within one hour of the
determination of the injury requiring veterinary treatment.
   (2) The attending or on-call veterinarian shall submit a brief
written listing of any animal injury requiring veterinary treatment
to the Veterinary Medical Board within 48 hours of the conclusion of
the rodeo.
   (3) The rodeo management shall ensure that there is a conveyance
available at all times for the immediate and humane removal of any
injured animal.
   (e) The rodeo management shall ensure that no electric prod or
similar device is used on any animal once the animal is in the
holding chute, unless necessary to protect the participants and
spectators of the rodeo.
   (f) A violation of this section is an infraction and shall be
punishable as follows:
   (1) A fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) and not
more than two thousand dollars ($2,000) for a first violation.
   (2) A fine of not less than one thousand five hundred dollars
($1,500) and not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000) for a
second or subsequent violation.
  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.