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2019 Legislative Advocacy

The CVMA is actively working on critical legislation that affects its members. The CVMA staff and lobbyists have attended numerous meetings and hearings have already begun. To view the CVMA’s positions, visit the Legislative Action Center.

The following bills are of immediate concern. It is important to pay close attention to the critical differences between the two blood donor bills.

SB 202 (Wilk) Animal Blood Donors –This bill seeks to modify the definition of a commercial blood bank to include the use of both existing closed colony dogs as well as community-sourced animals where blood is collected from dogs owned by private citizens. The CVMA supports both models as long as a safe blood supply is ensured. CVMA leaders met with Senator Wilk during the CVMA Legislative Day regarding our concerns with the word “guardian” in the bill. The CVMA is strongly opposed to this term due to its legal implications for the veterinary profession. Senator Wilk agreed to remove this term from the bill at the recent hearing. With this amendment, the CVMA is in support of the bill. Read CVMA’s letter here.

AB 366 (Bloom) Animals: blood, blood components & biologics – This bill seeks to change the definition of commercial animal blood banks to include community-sourced blood banks where blood is collected from a canine whose owner is a member of the public from dogs owned by private citizens. It would require the closed colony blood banks in California to shut down on January 1, 2022. While the CVMA believes that the inclusion of community-sourced blood banks is a positive idea, the closure of closed colony blood banks would result in a major shortage of whole blood and blood products and severely affect animal health in California. The CVMA staff and lobbyists met with the author and have participated in meetings on this bill. The CVMA is opposed to AB 366. Read CVMA’s letter here.

AB 1230 (Quirk) Veterinary Medicine: declawing – This bill seeks to ban the declawing of all animals unless the declawing is performed by a licensed veterinarian and only for a therapeutic purpose. CVMA staff and lobbyists met with the author and reiterated our long-standing position that medical decisions regarding the animal patient should be made by the owner in consultation with their veterinarian. This bill does not address the animal owner’s health risks which would precipitate abandonment or ultimate euthanasia of the animal. The CVMA is opposed to AB 1230. Read CVMA’s letter here.

AB 528 (Low) – Controlled substances: CURES database – This bill seeks to change the CURES reporting requirement for dispensing pharmacies, clinics, or other dispensers from seven days to no more than one working day after a controlled substance is dispensed. The CVMA is working to educate the author’s office on the extreme difficulties this would have on veterinary practices. The CVMA’s position is support, if amended. Read CVMA’s letter here.

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