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SB 237
Introduced 2/17/2015 - Mark Leno (D-11), Joel Anderson (R-36),

As introduced, SB 237 would add to Food & Ag Code Section 30652 providing allocation of dog license revenues, a new subsection (e) "Fifth, to pay for initial and in-service training for persons charged with enforcing animal control laws, including animal control officers," and amend Penal Code Section 830.9 to mandate additional training and continuing education for animal control officers who are not peace officers and will have powers to arrest and serve search warrants.

2/26/2015 - Referred toSenate Committee on Public Safety
2/26/2015 Referred Senate Committee on Public Safety 3/10/2015 Hearing Date 3/24/15 3/23/2015 Analysis
3/24/2015 Passed Senate Committee on Public Safety 6-0-1
3/24/2015 To Senate Committee on Appropriations
4/02/2015 Hearing Date 4/13/15
4/13/2015 Analysis
4/13/2015 Referred to Suspense File

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SB 716
Introduced 2/17/2015 - Ricardo Lara (D-33) as PUC , relating to energy

As introduced, SB 237 would amend PUC Code. As amended,this bill would, beginning January 1, 2018, additionally provide that abusive behavior toward the elephant includes the discipline, management, or training of the elephant by specified methods, including the use of a bullhook, ankus, guide, or pitchfork. By expanding the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

4/04/2017 Amended - (gut and amend) to prohibit and create a crime regarding specified methods of training, disciplining elephants.

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AB 96
Introduced 1/17/2014 - Toni G Atkins (D-78)(Principal coauthor: Senator Ricardo Lara D-33)

As introduced, AB 96 would This bill would prohibit a person from purchasing, selling, offering for sale, possessing with intent to sell, or importing with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn, except as specified, and would make this prohibition enforceable by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

1/26/2015 Referred to ASM Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife
2/20/2015 Hearing Date 3/10/15
3/06/2015 Analysis
3/08/2015 Analysis
3/10/2015 Passed ASM Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife 10-2-3
3/10/2015 To ASM Committee on Appropriations
3/19/2015 Hearing Date 3/25/15
3/24/2015 Analysis
3/25/2014 Referred to Suspense File

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AB 147
Introduced 1/15/2015 - Matthew Dababneh (D-45) Principal coautheor Senator Mark Leno (D-11)

As introduced, AB 147 would add to the Education Code a new Section 66017.7 (a) Any public postsecondary educational institution or independent institution of higher education, or employee or student thereof, that confines dogs or cats for the purposes set forth in Section 1650 of the Health and Safety Code, and intends to destroy a dog or cat that has been used for those purposes, shall first offer the dog or cat to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization.

1/26/2015 Referred to ASM Committee on Higher Education
2/20/2015 Hearing Date 3/3/15
3/03/2015 Passed ASM Committee on Higher Education 11-1-1
3/03/2015 To ASM Committee on Appropriations
3/17/2015 Amended
3/19/2015 Hearing Date 3/25/15
3/24/2015 Analysis
3/25/2014 Passed ASM Committee on Appropriations 16-0-1
3/25/2014 To ASM Floor
4/01/2015 Analysis
4/09/2015 Passed Assembly 76-1-3
4/09/2015 To Senate Rules

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AB 316
Introduced 2/13/2015 - Brian Maienschein (R-77)

As introduced, AB 316 pot bill that would make a non-substantive amendment to the Veterinary Practice Act, Business and Professions Code Section 4830.

3/26/2014 Referred to ASM Business and Professions Committee
3/26/2014 Amended
4/06/2015 Hearing Date 4/21/15
4/20/2015 Analysis
4/22/2015 Passed Assembly Committee on Business and Professions 14-0
4/22/2015 To Assembly Committee on Appropriations

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AB 494
Introduced 2/23/2015 - Brian Maienschein (R-77)

As Introduced, AB 494 This bill would authorize the court to issue restraining orders or protective orders to enjoin a person to stay away from an animal or forbid a person from, among other things, threatening, harming, or otherwise disposing of an animal.

3/05/2014 Referred to Assembly Committee on Judiciary
3/19/2015 Hearing Date 4/07/15
4/03/2015 Analysis
4/07/2015 Passed Assembly Committee on Judiciary 10-0
4/13/2015 Amended
4/15/2015 Analysis
4/16/2015 Passed Assembly 79-0-1
4/16/2015 To Senate

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AB 794
Introduced 2/25/2015 - Eric Linder (R-60))

As introduced, AB 794 would make those crimes (against any horse being used by, or any dog under the supervision of, any peace officer in the discharge or attempted discharge of his or her duties) applicable when those acts are carried out against a horse or dog being used by, or under the supervision of, a volunteer police observer in the discharge or attempted discharge of his or her assigned volunteer duties. The bill would also require a defendant convicted of those acts to pay restitution for a horse or dog that is used by or under the supervision of a volunteer police observer, as specified

3/12/15 Referred to ASM Committee on Public Safety
3/12/2015 Hearing Date 4/7/15
4/08/2015 Amended
4/09/2015 Hearing Date 4/14/15
4/13/2015 Analysis
4/14/2015 Passed Assembly Committee on Public Safety 7-0
4/14/2015 To ASM Committee on Appropriations
4/16/2015 Hearing Date 4/22/15
4/20/2015 Analysis

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AB 976

Introduced 2/26/2015 - Matthew Marc Steinorth (R-40)

As introduced, AB 976 for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2021, would allow a deduction, not to exceed $100, under that law for the qualified costs paid or incurred by a taxpayer for the adoption of a pet from a qualified animal rescue organization.

3/16/2015 Referred to ASM Committee on Revenue and Taxation
3/16/2015 Hearing Date 4/13/15
4/10/2015 Hearing Date 4/27/15
4/16/2014 Amended

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PETA on targeting children: "Everything we do is based at adults." Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President on CNN, March 21, 2002


"Our campaigns are always geared towards children and they always will be." Dan Matthews, PETA Vice President, on FOX News, Dec 19, 2003 


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