BILL NUMBER: AB 2233 ENROLLED BILL TEXT PASSED THE SENATE AUGUST 20, 2008 PASSED THE ASSEMBLY AUGUST 28, 2008 AMENDED IN SENATE JULY 7, 2008 AMENDED IN SENATE JULY 1, 2008 INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Maze FEBRUARY 20, 2008 An act to add Section 23117.5 to the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST AB 2233, Maze. Vehicles: transportation of animals. (1) Existing law prohibits a person from driving a motor vehicle while transporting an animal in the back of the vehicle in a space intended for a load on the vehicle on a highway, unless specified conditions are met, with exceptions related to livestock, ranching, and farming. Under existing law, a violation of the Vehicle Code is an infraction, unless otherwise provided. This bill would, on and after July 1, 2009, prohibit a person from driving a motor vehicle while holding a live animal in his or her arm or arms, or upon his or her lap. Because this bill would create a new crime, it would impose a state-mandated local program. (2) 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. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. Section 23117.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read: 23117.5. On and after July 1, 2009, a person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding a live animal in his or her arm or arms, or upon his or her lap. 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.