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          AB 258 (Hagman)
          As Amended  June 20, 2011
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |70-0 |(May 12, 2011)  |SENATE: |38-0 |(August 31,    |
          |           |     |                |        |     |2011)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    AGRI.  

           SUMMARY  :  This bill allows exemptions from canine antirabies 
          vaccination (CAV) requirements the owner of a dog that a 
          licensed veterinarian determines has a compromised immune system 
          or pre-existing condition that renders the vaccine dangerous to 
          the animal's health.  

           The Senate Amendments  clarify that requests to exempt a dog from 
          CAV include a signed statement by the veterinarian explaining 
          and verifying the need for a CAV exemption, and make technical 

          EXISTING LAW  requires every dog owner to, once the dog is older 
          than four months, obtain a dog license from the responsible 
          local government at least every two years, and obtain a CAV 
          every year.  Existing law also allows local governments to pass 
          ordinances for the issuance of a dog license, for a period not 
          to exceed three years for dogs older than 12 months, which have 
          been vaccinated against rabies.  

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill was substantially similar 
          to the version approved by the Senate. 

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations 
          Committee, the California Department of Public Health estimates 
          costs of approximately $40,000 for one-half of 2011-12 and 
          $80,000 for 2012-13, for a veterinary research scientist to 
          amend the regulations and develop the exemption form. 

           COMMENTS  :  According to the author, current state law makes it 
          difficult for veterinarians to make a decision in the best 


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          interest of a sick or compromised animal.  Pet owners who are 
          deeply concerned about their dogs' health, and are deprived of a 
          vaccination exemption option, may choose to ignore current law.  
          The author believes the public is actually put at greater 
          potential risk for zoonotic disease without an exemption from 
          rabies vaccination provision.  The author states that this bill 
          will provide a uniform statewide vaccination waiver protocol to 
          streamline licensing and support better monitoring of 
          unvaccinated dogs.  Supporters state that this bill provides a 
          safe and medically sound way to protect California's dogs and 
          public health.  Supporters further point out that at least 10 
          other states have similar exemptions to CAV without adverse to 
          public health.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Victor Francovich / AGRI. / (916)