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          SB 1584 (Padilla)
          As Amended August 14, 2008
          Majority vote

           SENATE VOTE  :21-15  
           BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS        7-1                    
          APPROPRIATIONS      12-2        
          |Ayes:|Eng, Carter, Hayashi,     |Ayes:|Leno, Caballero, Davis,   |
          |     |Hernandez, Price,         |     |DeSaulnier, Furutani,     |
          |     |Torrico, Lieu             |     |Huffman, Karnette,        |
          |     |                          |     |Krekorian, Lieu, Ma,      |
          |     |                          |     |Nava, Solorio             |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
          |Nays:|Maze                      |Nays:|Walters, La Malfa         |
          |     |                          |     |                          |

           SUMMARY  :  Increases various fees for veterinarians and  
          registered veterinary technicians (RVTs), establishes a  
          committee to assist the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) with  
          rules and regulations, specifies the membership of the RVT  
          committee, sets investigatory and enforcement priorities, and  
          makes other changes to the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act  
          (Act), as specified. 

          1)Requires the VMB to appoint a voluntary, advisory,  
            multidisciplinary committee to assist, advise, and make  
            recommendations for the implementation of rules and  
            regulations necessary to ensure proper administration of the  
            Act.  The committee shall consist of no more than nine  
            members, appointed by the VMB.

          2)Specifies the membership terms and the composition of the RVT  

          3)Amends the RVT exam eligibility requirements to permit that  
            education or a combination of education and clinical  
            experience may constitute the equivalent of the current  
            graduation requirement, as specified.


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          4)Increases the regulatory ceiling on certain fees for RVTs,  
            veterinarians, and veterinary premises. 

          5)Requires a school or institution to pay for the actual costs  
            of an onsite inspection conducted by the VMB, as specified.  

          6)Requires every person registered by the VMB who changes his or  
            her mailing address to notify the VMB of the new mailing  
            address within 30 days of the change.  States that the VMB  
            shall not renew the registration of any person who fails to  
            comply with this section unless the person pays a penalty fee.

          7)Requires the VMB to prioritize its investigative and  
            prosecutorial resources to ensure that the most problematic  
            veterinarians and RVTs are identified and disciplined  

          8)Establishes a priority list for investigative and  
            prosecutorial resources.

          9)Requires the VMB to report annually and make publicly  
            available the number of disciplinary actions it takes, as  

          10)Specifies that veterinarians designated by the VMB to review  
            and investigate allegations must be employed by the state  
            either full time or part time and have not been out of  
            practice for more than four years.

          11)Requires the VMB to provide a notice of deficiencies and a  
            reasonable time for compliance prior to further action for any  
            violations found as a result of an inspection.

          12)Permits the VMB to issue an interim suspension in case where  
            violations represent an immediate threat to the public and  
            animal health and safety.

          13)Requires the VMB to consider, in making regulations covering  
            the assessment of civil penalties, whether a violation is  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee analysis, this bill will require:

          1)Annual special fund revenues of $480,000 from increased fees  


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            ($440,000) and additional citations ($40,000). [VMB Contingent  

          2)Special fund costs of $170,000 in 2009-10 and $150,000 in  
            2010-11 for one position to support the advisory committee and  
            for presumed additional citations and appeals related to a  
            more targeted enforcement program.

           COMMENTS  :  The VMB licenses and regulates approximately 17,000  
          licensees including approximately 9,800 veterinarians, 4,200  
          RVTs and 2,600 veterinary hospitals.  The VMB has remained  
          within its statutory limits and has not sought legislation to  
          increase the fee ceilings since 1992.  According to the VMB, it  
          increased its fees through the regulatory process on October 1,  
          2007 to the current statutory maximums to cover increasing costs  
          of existing business operations.  The current statutory fee  
          ceilings are not sufficient to offset a dwindling Contingent  

          This bill is the result of efforts between the California  
          Veterinary Medical Association and the VMB to resolve the  
          differences between an earlier version of this bill and SB 1205  
          of 2007 (Aanestad), which was held in the Senate Business,  
          Professions, and Economic Development Committee.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Sarah Huchel / B. & P. / (916) 319-3301  

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