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          Date of Hearing:   April 25, 2012

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                 AB 2194 (Gaines) - As Introduced:  February 23, 2012

          Policy Committee:                              Public 
          SafetyVote:  6-0

          Urgency:     Yes                  State Mandated Local Program: 
          No     Reimbursable:              

           SUMMARY  

          This bill:

          1)Adds language to explicitly allow the Department of Justice 
            (DOJ) to forward to the FBI requests for federal summary 
            criminal history information regarding persons seeking 
            confirmation as animal humane officers.

          2)Requires DOJ to review the FBI information and provide a 
            fitness determination regarding the humane officer applicant 
            to the Humane Society or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty 
            to Animals (SPCA).

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Minor costs to DOJ are covered by applicant fees. 

           COMMENTS  

           1)Rationale  . According to the author and the bill sponsor, the 
            State Humane Society of California, this bill is necessary to 
            provide specific language required by the FBI to obtain 
            federal summary criminal history information. 

           2)Current law  requires that the humane society or SPCA seeking 
            confirmation of a humane officer's appointment to submit to 
            fingerprints and related information to DOJ for criminal 
            history background checks.    
           
          3)Prior Legislation  . SB 1417 (Cox), Statutes of 2010, 
            established procedures for the appointment of humane officers 








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            by non-profit humane societies, including background checks.


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Geoff Long / APPR. / (916) 319-2081