BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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          AB 1839 (Ma)
          As Amended  August 6, 2012
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |74-0 |(April 26,      |SENATE: |39-0 |(August 9,     |
          |           |     |2012)           |        |     |2012)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    B.,P. & C.P.  

           SUMMARY  :  Authorizes veterinary assistants to administer a 
          controlled substance if specified requirements are satisfied, 
          including the completion of a background check. 

           The Senate amendments  delete the provision requiring a state and 
          federal fingerprinting background check and instead require a 
          background check; delete the provision that a person must not 
          have any drug or alcohol related felony convictions, and instead 
          require that to the best of the licensee manager's knowledge, 
          the person does not have any drug or alcohol related felony 
          convictions; delete the provision that require the results of 
          the background check to be retained in the personnel records of 
          the employer and made available upon request; and, add a sunset 
          provision that will remain in effect until January 1, 2015. 

           EXISTING LAW  :

          1)Provides for the licensure and registration of veterinarians 
            and registered veterinary technicians (RVT) and the regulation 
            of the practice of veterinary medicine by the Veterinary 
            Medical Board (VMB) under the Veterinary Medicine Practice 

          2)Authorizes an unregistered assistant (UA) to carry out 
            specified acts in the veterinary care and treatment of 
            animals, and authorizes the VMB to regulate the veterinary 
            care activities of UAs.

          3)Authorizes, until January 1, 2013, an RVT and a UA to 
            administer controlled substances, except for the induction of 
            anesthesia, under specified circumstances.

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill was substantially similar 


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          to the version passed by the Senate.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations 
          Committee, pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8, negligible state costs. 

           COMMENTS  :  This bill, as amended in the Senate, is consistent 
          with Assembly actions. 

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Elissa Silva / B.,P. & C.P. / (916) 

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