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          Date of Hearing:   May 2, 2007

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mark Leno, Chair

              AB 1614 (Strickland) - As Introduced:  February 23, 2007 

          Policy Committee:                              Arts Vote:6-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          Yes    Reimbursable:              No

           SUMMARY  

          This bill changes the definition of a "rodeo" as including only  
          any three (instead of any four) of the following events:  
          bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf  
          roping, steer wrestling, or team roping.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Minor nonreimbursable costs for enforcement, offset to some  
          extent by fine revenues.

          (A violation of rodeo standards is an infraction subject to a  
          fine of between $500 and $2,000 for a first violation and  
          between $1,500 and $5,000 for subsequent violations.)

           COMMENTS  

           1)Background  . Rodeos are typically sponsored by the Professional  
            Rodeo Cowboy Association, International Professional Rodeo  
            Association, Gay Rodeo Association, Bill Pickett Rodeos,  
            California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association, and high  
            schools and colleges.  An estimated 150 to 350 rodeos occur  
            throughout California each year-in the smallest towns and  
            largest cities. 

            Current law requires the management of any professionally  
            sanctioned or amateur rodeo to: 

             a)   Ensure that a veterinarian is present, or "on-call"  
               during the event. 
             b)   Allow the veterinarian complete access to the rodeo  
               site, to declare any animal unfit for an event and for  








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               other veterinarian duties. 
             c)   Specifies that any animal injured during the course of a  
               rodeo event receive immediate examination and appropriate  
               treatment. 
             d)   Prohibits the use of electric prods while an animal is  
               in a holding chute. 
             e)   Requires rodeo management to have available a conveyance  
               to transport an animal in the event of injury. 

           2)Purpose  . This measure changes the statutory definition of a  
            rodeo to one that includes three out of any six specified  
            events from a current threshold of four. According to the  
            sponsor, Action for Animals, this lowering of the event  
            threshold will subject Charreadas (Mexican rodeos) to the same  
            animal health and welfare standards as other professional and  
            amateur rodeos. 

           3)Opposition  . According to the American Federation of Charros,  
            which opposes the bill, three of the six events that are  
            encompassed by the legal definition of a rodeo-bull riding,  
            bareback bronc riding, and team roping-are performed at  
            Charreadas.  They argue that the requirements of rodeos in  
            current law are unnecessary and would be cost-prohibitive.  
            They indicate that their events generally have no sponsors, no  
            admission fee, and are funded by entry fees on the Charros. 

           4)Prior Legislation  . In 2003, AB 885 (Leno) included the same  
            provision of this bill and additionally directed that, at  
            least 14 days prior to an event, the management of any  
            professional or amateur rodeo file a notice of "intent to  
            perform" with the animal control agency having jurisdiction  
            over the rodeo's location. AB 885 failed passage in the  
            Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism,  
            and Internet Media.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916) 319-2081