BILL NUMBER: SB 475	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Senator Padilla

                        FEBRUARY 26, 2009

   An act to amend Section 7200.7 of the Business and Professions
Code, relating to guide dogs for the blind.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 475, as introduced, Padilla. Guide dogs for the blind.
   Existing law establishes within the Department of Consumer Affairs
a State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind that, among others things,
has exclusive authority to license schools for the training of guide
dogs for the blind and the instruction of blind persons in the use
of guide dogs. Existing law requires a fee equal to 0.004 of a school'
s annual expenses be paid for renewal of a school's license.
   This bill would specify that the license renewal fee shall be no
more than 0.005 of a school's annual expenses, as determined by the
board by regulation, and would require the fee to be paid by April 30
of each year.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 7200.7 of the Business and Professions Code is
amended to read:
   7200.7.  A fee equal to  0.004   no more than
0.005  of all school expenses incurred in the most recently
concluded school calendar year, as specified in the audit required
under Section 7217, shall be paid  no later than April 30 of each
year  for renewal of a  school's   school'
s  license pursuant to Section 7200.5.  The board shall, by
regulation, define the exact amount of the fee.  All fees
collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the Guide
Dogs for the Blind Fund, which is hereby created.