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          Date of Hearing:  May 6, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          316 (Maienschein) - As Amended April 23, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill permits veterinarians licensed outside California to  
          attend to cases of animal cruelty or animal fighting in the  
          state, as requested, and permits the establishment of temporary  
          shelters for the purpose of assisting in the investigation.  








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          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Any costs to the Veterinary Medical Board are minor and  
          absorbable. 


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. This bill intends to augment the state's capacity for  
            veterinarians to care for animals in the case of large-scale  
            animal cruelty cases that can quickly overwhelm a local  
            government's resources.  The author cites animal fighting  
            busts, hoarding arrests and puppy mill raids as examples.   
            Allowing out-of-state veterinarians to assist under a limited  
            exemption will help ensure resources are available to care for  
            animals. This bill is sponsored by the American Society for  
            the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).  
          


          2)Related Legislation.  AB 317 (Maienschein) allows an  
            organization that meets certain conditions to establish a  
            temporary shelter facility, for the purpose of providing  
            veterinary medical care, shelter and food and water during a  
            state of emergency..






          Analysis Prepared by:Lisa Murawski / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081










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