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                                 THIRD READING


          Bill No:  AB 2689
          Author:   Smyth (R)
          Amended:  4/22/10 in Assembly
          Vote:     27 - Urgency

           
           SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE  :  5-0, 6/9/10
          AYES: Alquist, Cedillo, Leno, Negrete McLeod, Pavley
          NO VOTE RECORDED: Strickland, Aanestad, Cox, Romero

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  74-0, 5/6/10 - See last page for vote  
            (Consent) 


           SUBJECT  :    Rabies vaccinations

           SOURCE  :     City of Los Angeles


           DIGEST  :    This bill authorizes the responsible city,  
          county, or city and county in a designated rabies area to  
          specify the means by which a dog owner is required to  
          provide proof of his or her dog's rabies vaccination,  
          including, but not limited to, by electronic means or  
          facsimile.

           ANALYSIS  :    Existing law:

          1.Requires the state Public Health Officer to designate  
            rabies areas. 

          2.Requires, in rabies areas, every dog owner after his or  
            her dog attains the age of four months to not more often  
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            than once a year have his or her dog vaccinated against  
            rabies by a licensed veterinarian. 

          3.Makes a violation of these requirements an infraction.

          This bill authorizes the responsible city, county, or city  
          and county in a designated rabies area to specify the means  
          by which a dog owner is required to provide proof of his or  
          her dog's rabies vaccination, including, but not limited  
          to, by electronic means or facsimile.

           Background
           
          In 1957, California passed the original Rabies Control Act  
          (SB 1231, Chapter 1781, Statutes of 1957) with the purpose  
          of controlling and eliminating rabies with animal control  
          measures and animal vaccination programs as an important  
          element of the law. 

          Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous  
          system that infects wild and domestic animals, as well as  
          humans. The virus is usually passed through the bite of a  
          rabid animal, but may be transmitted via saliva. In  
          California, domestic animals account for three percent of  
          animal rabies, with the rest occurring in wild animals.  
          Provisional data from the Department of Public Health  
          reports one case of rabies in a dog in the past 15 months. 

          The California Code of Regulations requires a current valid  
          official vaccination certificate in order for a dog owner  
          to receive a dog license. Vaccination certificates are  
          required to include, among other things, the signature of  
          the veterinarian administering the vaccine or a signature  
          authorized by him or her. 

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  No    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  6/10/10)

          City of Los Angeles (source)
          Actors and Others for Animals
          Animal Issues Movement
          Concerned Dog Owners of California







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          English Shepherd Club
          Humane Society of the United States
          Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
          League of California Cities
          Lost Coast Kennel Club of California
          Save Our Dogs


           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    The City of Los Angeles claims  
          this bill is a technical measure to modernize state  
          statutes and bring the dog licensing process into the 21st  
          century.  By making on-line dog licensing feasible, the  
          city believes more dogs will be licensed.  The city also  
          believes that by replacing hand-processing with the  
          efficiency of modern technology, license issuers will  
          realize much-needed cost savings.  They claim that this  
          bill would more than double their productivity, and could  
          result in an increase of 40,000 additional licenses being  
          processed annually. 

          The city states that most jurisdictions are lucky if they  
          are able to license 20 to 40 percent of the dogs who live  
          in their jurisdictions.  The city claims that streamlining  
          procedures through online licensing will increase those  
          numbers, which they believe will ensure more vaccinations  
          and also enable more lost dogs to be reunited with their  
          families, which should reduce the cost of animal  
          sheltering. 


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Beall, Bill  
            Berryhill, Tom Berryhill, Blakeslee, Blumenfield,  
            Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles  
            Calderon, Carter, Chesbro, Conway, Cook, Coto, Davis, De  
            Leon, DeVore, Emmerson, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fletcher,  
            Fong, Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani, Gaines, Galgiani,  
            Garrick, Hagman, Hall, Harkey, Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill,  
            Huber, Huffman, Jeffries, Jones, Knight, Lieu, Logue,  
            Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Miller, Monning, Nava, Nestande,  
            Niello, Nielsen, Norby, V. Manuel Perez, Portantino,  
            Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Silva, Skinner, Smyth, Solorio,  
            Audra Strickland, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico,  
            Tran, Villines, Yamada, John A. Perez







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          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Bass, Block, De La Torre, Gilmore,  
            Mendoza


          CTW:nl  6/10/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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