AB 2743-NAVA Vetoed, 10/1/2010
To the Members of the California State Assembly:
I am returning Assembly Bill 2743 without my signature.
This bill would prohibit a landlord from requiring a tenant, as a condition of rental
occupancy, to have an animal “declawed” or “devoiced.” I support the goal of this bill,
which would preclude landlords from making inappropriate medical decisions as a
condition of occupancy. However, I cannot sign a measure that contains findings and
declarations by the Legislature that are unsupported by science. In addition, this measure
suggests that declawing should be prohibited for any “non-therapeutic” reason, which
would include the legitimate medical needs of a pet owner. Regrettably, this bill goes too
far in attempting to deal with inappropriate demands by landlords.
For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.
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