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          Date of Hearing:  June 29, 2016


                          ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE


                                  Bill Dodd, Chair


          SB  
          1270 (Galgiani) - As Introduced February 18, 2016


          SENATE VOTE:  36-0


          SUBJECT:  Diseased animals and poultry:  regulation:  fee  
          schedule.


          SUMMARY:  Extends, until January 1, 2022, the authority for the  
          California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to  
          establish a fee schedule for cost recovery related to animal  
          health services that do not provide benefits beyond the payer;  
          and, makes technical non-substantive changes. 


          EXISTING LAW:  Existing law governs the reporting,  
          transportation, handling, and disposal, as specified, of animals  
          that are infected with a contagious disease; provides for the  
          quarantine or destruction of diseased animals, and the  
          vaccination of certain animals; requires the CDFA to license  
          biologic establishments which are engaged in the production of  
          products used to diagnose and detect, or prevent or treat,  
          disease in animals other than human beings, if those  
          establishments meet certain requirements; authorizes, until  
          January 1, 2017, CDFA to establish, by regulation, a fee  
          schedule not to exceed the reasonable costs associated with  
          carrying out these provisions, up to a maximum fee of $500 for  








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          each license, permit, registration, product, or service, as  
          specified.  


          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, CDFA states that it has yet to ever exercise this fee  
          authority; consequently, no revenue has ever been collected and  
          this bill would not impact CDFA's administrative costs.


          COMMENTS:  Within CDFA, the Animal Health Branch is the state's  
          organized professional veterinary medical unit which addresses  
          diseases and other problems that require statewide coordinated  
          resources.  Among its activities, the Animal Health Branch  
          conducts surveillance and emergency response planning of animal  
          diseases to help ensure safe products from livestock and  
          poultry.





          A trailer bill to the Budget Act of 2011, Chapter 133, Statutes  
          of 2011 (AB 120), authorized CDFA to establish a fee schedule in  
          order to recover costs associated with animal health services  
          that do not provide a benefit beyond the payer, among other  
          provisions.  This includes a service that is required for a  
          personal matter, is not related to a suspected animal health  
          disease outbreak, and there are no private veterinarians  
          certified by CDFA to perform the service.  The service fee may  
          not exceed $500 for a particular license, permit, registration,  
          product, or service.  This authority is set to sunset on January  
          1, 2017.





          According to the author's office, this bill would improve CDFA's  








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          fiscal responsibility and use of state resources.





          











          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:




          Support


          Association of California Egg Farmers (sponsor)


          California Grain and Feed Association (sponsor)




          Opposition


          None on file.









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          Analysis Prepared by:Jim Collin / AGRI. / (916)  
          319-2084