2020 Legislation

Below is a list and summary of the 2020 legislative bills. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Seanna Griffis  at (800) 655-2862 or email sgriffis@cvma.net.


Assembly Bills

Senate Bills


2020 Assembly Bills

AB 1850 (Gonzalez) Employee Classification
Current Text: Introduced 01/06/20 Bill Information
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Labor
Summary: This bill reorganizes and makes nonsubstantive changes to last year’s AB 5, the new independent contractor vs. employee classification bill, which codified the California Supreme Court Dynamex decision. Previously animal services, including dog walking and grooming, were excluded but they have been added this year. AB 1850 would require employers and referral agencies to treat their contractors as employees, among other changes.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 1953 (Bloom) Blood Bank
Current Text: Introduced 01/17/20 Bill Information
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Business and Professions
Summary: A “spot-bill” pertaining to blood banks.
CVMA Position: Oppose – unless amended

AB 1974 (Gray) Horse racing: safety and welfare of racehorses and jockeys
Current Text: Introduced 01/22/20 Bill Information
Status/location: Introduced
Summary: A “spot-bill” relating to horse racing safety and reforms.
CVMA Position: Watch – close

AB 2043 (Gonzalez) Unlawful business practices: employer liability: contracted supervisor
Current Text: Introduced 02/03/20 Bill Information
Status/location: Referred to Committee on Labor
Summary: This bill would make client employers liable for the acts of a contracted supervisor with respect to harassment of employees, applicants, unpaid interns or volunteers, or persons providing services to a contract in the workplace.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2059 (Kamlager) Toxicology Testing Animals
Current Text: Introduced 02/04/20 Bill Information
Status/location: Referred to the Appropriations Committee
Summary: This bill would prohibit toxicity testing on dogs, unless the testing is conducted for specified purposes including medical research or regulatory requirements.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2077 (Ting) Needles and Syringes
Current Text: Introduced to 02/05/20 Bill Information
Status/location: Referred to Committee on Health
Summary: This bill authorizes pharmacies to sell sterile syringes for personal use without a prescription. Non-prescription sales will require education on safe disposal of syringes, HIV and hepatitis prevention, and for pharmacies to provide access to disposal containers.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2117 (O’Donnell) Pet Store Operators
Current Text: Introduced 02/06/20 Bill Information 
Status/location: Referred to Committee on Business and Professions
Summary: This bill would increase the restrictions on where pet stores may obtain dogs, cats, and rabbits for purposes of resale.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2152 (Gloria) Retail Sale Dogs, Cats, Rabbits
Current Text: Introduced 02/10/20 Bill Information
Status/location: Referred to Committee on Business and Professions
Summary: This bill would prohibit the selling of any dog, cat, or rabbit in a pet store. Instead, pet stores would be authorized to provide a location within the store for a public animal control agency or shelter, SPCA shelter, humane society shelter, or rescue group to showcase adoptable animals.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2177 (Kalra) Horse Racing
Current Text: Introduced 02/11/20 Bill Information 
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Governmental Organization
Summary: This bill would establish a panel of independent veterinarians and stewards to review the medical, training, and racing histories of horses to determine if the horse is fit to run, require that all medications for racehorses at a track be obtained from a central pharmacy, and impose other restrictions. Additionally the California Horse Racing Board would be required to adopt regulations on the authorized use of minerals, vitamins, or other supplements that are in the best interest of the welfare and safety of the horse.
CVMA Position: Oppose

AB 2185 (Patterson) Reciprocity of License
Current Text: Introduced 02/11/20 Bill Information 
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Business and Professions
Summary: If passed, this bill would eliminate the California Veterinary Medical Board state entrance examinations for qualified reciprocity applicants. This bill would require boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs to issue a license to an applicant if that individual holds a current license in another state and meets specified requirements.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2213 (Limon) Office of Emergency Services: model guidelines
Current Text: Introduced 02/12/20 Bill Information 
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Governmental Organization
Summary: This bill would require the Office of Emergency Services (OES) to develop guidelines for local governments and organizations active in disasters, and to identify and track resources that could assist in responding to disasters.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2411 (Nazarian) Healing Arts licensees: renumeration: Drug or device companies: disclosure
Current Text: Introduced 02/18/20 Bill Information 
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Business and Professions
Summary: This bill would mandate that any individual holding a healing arts license disclose any money they received from a drug or device company. Additionally, the licensee must obtain a signature from the patient on a written disclosure before the intended use of the product.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2568 (Maienschein) Disaster preparedness: local government: animal wildlife evacuation plan
Current Text: Introduced 02/20/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Referred to the committee on Governmental Organization
Summary: This bill would require those who hold a kennel license or permit to submit to the city or county a natural disaster evacuation plan.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2614 (Smith) Transportation of animals
Current Text: Introduced 02/20/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Introduced
Summary: This is a “spot-bill” relating to animal transportation.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2615 (Chau) Horse racing: equine postmortem examinations: fatal racehorse injuries
Current Text: Introduced 02/20/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Governmental Organization
Summary: This bill would codify current California Horse Racing Board regulations and expand Horse Racing Law.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2645 (Nazarian) Abused animals: advocates
Current Text: Introduced 02/20/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Introduced
Summary: This bill would authorize a court to appoint an advocate to represent the interests of an animal that is the subject of criminal proceedings of animal abuse or neglect.
CVMA Position: Bill discontinued by Author

AB 2691 (Bauer-Kahan) Dog training services and facilities: requirements
Current Text: Introduced 02/20/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Business and Professions
Summary: This bill would establish requirements for dog trainers, dog training facilities, and dog training facility operators.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2704 (Ting) Healing arts: licenses: data collection
Current Text:
 Introduced 02/20/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Business and Professions
Summary: This bill would require all boards overseeing healing arts licenses to collect demographic information on licensees and post the information online.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2827 (Aguiar-Curry) Food, beverage, and cosmetic adulterant: industrial hemp products
Current Text: Introduced 02/20/20 Bill Summary
Status/location:
Referred to the Committee on Health
Summary: This bill would remove the restriction on sales of food or beverages that include industrial hemp products or cannabidiol.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2855 (Low) Committee on B&P. Veterinary Medical Board
Current Text: Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location:
Referred to the Committee on Business and Professions
Summary: This bill serves as the legislative vehicle for the Veterinary Medical Board Sunset Review.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2857 (Low) Committee on B&P. California State Board of Pharmacy: appointment: removal
Current Text:Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location:
Referred to the Committee on Business and Professions
Summary: This bill serves as the legislative vehicle for the California Board of Pharmacy Sunset Review.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2888 (Friedman) Guide, signal, and service dogs: emotional support dogs
Current Text: Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Public Safety
Summary: This bill would subject a person who knowingly and fraudulently represents, sells or offers to sell an emotional support dog as being entitled to the rights and privileges subject to criminal action.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 2938 (Arambula) Horse racing: satellite wagering: use of license fees: earthquake and animal welfare projects
Current Text: Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Governmental Organization
Summary: This is a “spot-bill” relating to satellite wagering on horse races.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 3035 (Patterson) Animal Welfare
Current Text: Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Introduced
Summary: This is a “spot bill” relating to giving away live animals as a prize.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 3045 (Gray) DCA: boards: veterans: military spouses: licenses
Current Text: 
Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Introduced 
Summary: This bill would permit veterans from out of state to be licensed without having to take the California state board exam.
CVMA Position: Watch

AB 3201 (Santiago) Large veterinary premises corporations: consumer disclosures: additional premises purchases: audit
Current Text: 
Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location:
Introduced 
Summary: This bill would require a large veterinary corporation to display its rates for specialized and traditional veterinary care.
CVMA Position: Oppose

AB 3298 (Brough) Frauds of medical credentials: penalty
Current Text: Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location:
Introduced 
Summary: This bill increases the fine on an existing law relating to selling or giving away a medical or healing arts degree.
CVMA Position: Watch


 2020 Senate Bills

SB 573 (Chang) Microchip Dog & Cats
Current Text: Introduced 02/22/19 Bill Summary
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Rules
Summary: This bill requires that all dogs and cats held in a public animal control agency, shelter, or rescue group be microchipped prior to being released. If microchipping is not available on-site then the organization is mandated to make a good faith effort to locate free or discounted regional services and to provide that information to the owner.
CVMA Position: Watch

SB 627 (Galgiani) Cannabis and cannabis products: medicinal use on an animal: veterinary medicine
Current Text:  Introduced 02/22/19 Bill Summary
Status/location: Bill held in committee
Summary: This bill would authorize veterinarians to “recommend” cannabis and cannabis products pursuant to a valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.
CVMA Position: Support

SB 800 (Dodd) Horse Racing
Current Text: Introduced  01/07/20 Bill Summary 
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Governmental Organization
Summary: This is a “spot” bill pertaining to horse racing.
CVMA Position: Watch – work with the author’s office

SB 878 (Jones) Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing applications: wait times
Current Text: Introduced 01/22/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Held in committee
Summary: This bill will require all boards and bureaus with the Department of Consumer Affairs to display the current average timeframe for processing initial and renewal applications.
CVMA Position: Watch

SB 1097 (Durazo) Medical services: credit or loan
Current Text: Introduced 02/19/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Committee hearing postponed
Summary: This bill would make additional changes to how deferred interest payment plans and open-ended loans may be offered in California.
CVMA Position: Oppose

SB 1115 (Wilk) Commercial blood banks for animals: animal blood donors
Current Text: Introduced 02/19/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: 
Committee hearing postponed
Summary: This is a “spot” bill pertaining to blood banks.
CVMA Position: Oppose – unless amended

SB 1239 (Glazer) Animals: California Animal Response Emergency System program: Animal Care Network in Disasters program
Current Text: Introduced 02/20/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Agriculture
Summary: This bill would create a fund for animals in disasters and create the Animal Care Network in Disasters Program as a subsidiary of the California Animal Response Emergency System (CARES).
CVMA Position: Watch

SB 1347 (Galgiani) Veterinary medicine: authorized care and registration
Current Text: Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Referred to the Committee on Business and Professions
Summary: This bill would exempt specified practices from the practice of veterinary medicine in animal shelters and remove the Veterinary Medical Board premises permit requirement for those shelters.
CVMA Position: Oppose

SB 1405 (Galgiani) Marine mammals: protection of cetaceans: unlawful activities
Current Text: Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Introduced
Summary: Current law prevents the captivity of orcas for entertainment or breeding purposes. This bill would expand the law to include whales, porpoises, and dolphins.
CVMA Position: Watch

SB 1432 (Glazer) Clinical laboratories
Current Text: Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: 
Referred to the Committee on Business and Professions
Summary: This bill would require clinical laboratories to notify the Department of Consumer Affairs whenever a specimen is improperly stored.
CVMA Position: Watch

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