BILL NUMBER: AB 1614 AMENDED
AMENDED IN SENATE JUNE 18, 2007
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MAY 21, 2007
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
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
AB 1614, as amended, Strickland. Rodeo animals.
Existing law requires the management of any professionally
sanctioned or amateur rodeo that 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 public 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. This bill would also exclude certain
performances on private property from the definition of a public
performance the definition of a rodeo to include a
performance of 3 or more of these specified events and that is open
to the public, on public property, for which admission is charged, or
that sells or accepts sponsorships . By changing the
definition of an infraction, the bill would impose a state-mandated
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
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) (1) For purposes
of this section, "rodeo" means a public
performance featuring competition between 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
and that is open to the public, on public property, for which
admis sion is charged, or that sells or accepts
(2) For purposes of this section, a rodeo performed on private
property that does not charge admission, does not sell or accept
sponsorships, and is not open to the public, does not constitute a
(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
(3) The rodeo management shall ensure that there is a conveyance
available at all times for the immediate and humane removal of any
(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