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 are ongoing. To view the CVMA’s positions, visit the Legislative Action Center.
SB 202 (Wilk) Animal Blood Donors – Passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 23. 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. CVMA position – Support. Read CVMA’s letter here.
AB 366 (Bloom) Animals: blood, blood components & biologics – Pulled by author – Dead. This bill sought 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 have required 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 participated in meetings on this bill. CVMA position – Oppose. Read CVMA’s letter here.
AB 1230 (Quirk) Veterinary Medicine: declawing – Did not pass the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on April 23 – Dead. This bill sought 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 did not address the animal owner’s health risks which would precipitate abandonment or ultimate euthanasia of the animal. CVMA position – Oppose. Read CVMA’s letter here.
AB 528 (Low) – Controlled substances: CURES database – Referred to Assembly Appropriations. 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. CVMA position – Support, if amended. Read CVMA’s letter here.
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