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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          AB 316 (Maienschein) - Veterinarians:  cruelty incidents
          
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          |Version: June 30, 2015          |Policy Vote: B., P. & E.D. 6 -  |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: No                     |
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          |Hearing Date: August 17, 2015   |Consultant: Brendan McCarthy    |
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          This bill meets the criteria for referral to the Suspense File.


          Bill  
          Summary:  AB 316 would exempt veterinarians licensed in other  
          states from state licensure requirements when offering temporary  
          veterinary services in response to a "cruelty incident" and  
          allow the operation of temporary animal shelters.


          Fiscal  
          Impact:  
           One-time information technology costs of about $400,000 to  
            create two new licensing categories to allow for the issuance  
            of temporary licenses to out-of-state veterinarians and  
            sponsoring entities (Veterinary Medical Board Contingent  
            Fund). The Department of Consumer Affairs is currently in the  
            process of implementing a new computerized system for managing  
            license applications by its licensing boards and bureaus. The  
            Department indicates that the bill would require that system  
            to be modified to allow the Board of Veterinary Medicine to  
            issue two new kinds of license and related fees.








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           Minor ongoing costs by the Board of Veterinary Medicine to  
            adopt regulations and provide oversight for any out-of-state  
            veterinarians that use the authority under the bill.


          Background:  Under current law, veterinarians are licensed by the  
          Veterinary Medical Board. Veterinary clinics and hospitals and  
          animal shelters must be registered with the Veterinary Medical  
          Board.
          Current law allows health care practitioners from other states  
          (including veterinarians) to practice their profession in the  
          state without a California license during a declared state of  
          emergency.




          Proposed Law:  
            AB 316 would exempt veterinarians licensed in other states who  
          offer temporary veterinary services in response to a "cruelty  
          incident" from state licensure requirements.
          Specific provisions of the bill would:
                 Authorize the operation of a temporary animal shelter in  
               response to a "cruelty incident";
                 Define a cruelty incident to include a violation of  
               animal fighting or animal cruelty laws involving numerous  
               animals;
                 At the request of an animal control department or law  
               enforcement agency, authorize a sponsoring entity to  
               operate a temporary animal shelter and deploy out-of-state  
               veterinarians;
                 Require an out-of-state veterinarian to receive  
               authorization from the Board of Veterinary Medicine and  
               meet specified requirements;
                 Require a sponsoring entity to register with the Board,  
               with specified requirements.


          Related  
          Legislation:  AB 317 (Maienschein) would exempt a temporary animal shelter  
          from registration requirements, if it is operated by a  
          California licensed veterinarian or a veterinarian licensed in  
          another state during a state of emergency. That bill will be  
          sent to the Senate Floor pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.








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          Staff  
          Comments:  The kind of cruelty incident addressed by the bill  
          are not likely to occur frequently in the state. It does not  
          seem a worthwhile use of fee revenues to modify the existing  
          system for issuing licenses at significant cost only to issue a  
          very small number of authorizations to set up temporary animal  
          shelters and/or deploy out-of-state veterinarians.


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