2020 Legislation

Below is a list of bills that the CVMA is following in the California legislature for 2020.


Assembly Bills

Senate Bills

  • SB 573 (Chang) Dogs and cats: microchip implants.
  • SB 627 (Galgiani) Cannabis and cannabis products: medicinal use on an animal: veterinary medicine.
  • SB 800 (Dodd) Horse racing: veterinary medical records: race horse fatalities: equine medication.
  • SB 878 (Jones) Department of Consumer Affairs: license: application: processing timeframes.
  • SB 1347 (Galgiani) Veterinary medicine: authorized care and registration.

Inactive Bills


Summary Bill Information

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 1974 (Gray) Horse racing: safety and welfare of racehorses and jockeys.
Current Text: 
Introduced 01/22/20 Bill Information
Status/location: Introduced
Summary: A 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 2077 (Ting) Hypodermic 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 2152 (Gloria) Public health: prohibition on the retail sale of dogs, cats, and 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 2185 (Patterson) Professions and vocations: applicants licensed in other states: reciprocity.
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 2614 (Smith) Emergency services: counties: large animals.
Current Text: 
Introduced 02/20/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: 
Referred to the Committee on Governmental Organization
Summary: 
This bill address large animal emergency planning and transportation requirements for counties during emergencies.
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 3035 (Patterson) Animal welfare.
Current Text: 
Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: 
Referred to Committee on Public Safety
Summary: This bill pertains to public notice requirements for animal control departments for specified animals in custody.

CVMA Position: Watch

AB 3045 (Gray) DCA: boards: veterans: military spouses: licenses.
Current Text: 
Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Referred to Committee on Rules
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

SB 573 (Chang) Dog and cat microchip implants.
Current Text: 
Introduced 02/22/19 Bill Summary
Status/location: 
Referred to the Committee on Business and Professions
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: veterinary medical records: race horse fatalities: equine medication.
Current Text: 
Introduced  01/07/20 Bill Summary 
Status/location: 
Referred to the Committee on Governmental Organization
Summary: This bill pertains to race horse medical record disclosure requirements for veterinarians.
CVMA Position: Watch – work with author

SB 878 (Jones) Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing applications: wait times.
Current Text:
 Introduced 01/22/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: Senate floor
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 1347 (Galgiani) Veterinary medicine: authorized care and registration.
Current Text: 
Introduced 02/21/20 Bill Summary
Status/location: 
Assembly floor
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

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