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California Legislative Update—May 19

Dear Fellow Advocates,

Here is your lean, green Capitol Alert!  Most bills went through Senate and Assembly Appropriations May 16, and included below are highlights.  The list is in numerical order for each house, and is designed so that you can quickly scroll to see the issues.  If you have trouble making priorities, I highly recommend SB 313 (circus) and AB 273 (fur trapping) for your ardent support.

Take a look at our 2019 Bill Summary Here

Assemblymember Quirk's AB 1230 to prohibit declawing had an unfortunate committee hearing in which the bill received no motion, and therefore no vote.  With ordinances in place in eight cities, and dozens of welfare orgs in support, and one opponent—the California Veterinary Medical Association—once again, the attempt for a statewide ban has failed.  Please retweet our tweet here.

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PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR TO SUPPORT OR OPPOSE THE FOLLOWING BILLS

Find your legislator here:
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Thank you for taking time to write or call to speak for those who have no voice.

For the animals,

René Rowland, Chair
PawPAC


 

SENATE BILLS
SB 1  (Atkins, Portantino & Stern)  SUPPORT
Endangered species


5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 4-2-0 

Ask your senator to vote YES on SB 1:  Senate Bill 1 simply would ensure that the protections of the 1974 federal Endangered Species Act in place as of January 1, 2017 would remain effective under state law even if the federal government rolls it back.  For nearly forty years, our federal government has stood by the EPA.  Now, California will see that at least it is enforced if the current federal administration weakens it.

 
 
SB 54  (Allen, Skinner, Stern & Wiener)  SUPPORT
California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 4-2-0, Ordered to third reading

Ask your senator to vote YES on SB 54 (companion to AB 1080):  The California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act would require that plastic single-use packaging and products in California be reduced or recycled by 75 percent by 2030.  By 2050 plastic production will account for 20 percent of global fossil fuel consumption.  We must act on every front to combat global warming.

 
 
SB 258  (Hertzberg)  SUPPORT
Homeless shelter grants for pet care

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 5-1-0

Ask your senator to vote YES on SB 258:  Senator Hertzberg states, “SB 258 joins in on the fight against the homeless crisis in California, by allocating $5,000,000 to homeless shelters to serve the needs of pets of people experiencing homelessness. When we make accommodations for pets, we support both ends of the leash and bring individuals into shelters, who otherwise would not get wraparound care.”

 
 
SB 313  (Hueso)  SUPPORT
Animals in circuses

4.23:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 7-0-2
5.14:  Ordered to third reading

Ask your senator to vote YES on SB 313:
 Ten California cities and Marin County have already banned the use of wild animals in circus acts.  Wild animals exploited in traveling acts don’t ride bicycles, jump through hoops, or balance on pedestals because they want to. They perform these and other difficult tricks because they’re afraid of what will happen if they don’t. Circus trainers abuse them with whips, muzzles, electric prods, billhooks and other weapons that cause them pain.

 
 
SB 395  (Archuleta)  OPPOSE
Claiming animals from accidental road deaths for human meat consumption

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 6-0-0, ordered to third reading

Ask your senator to vote NO on SB 395:  Animals are not resources for humans.  They are a part of a delicate ecosystem that is already under siege by human and corporate greed.  Their dead bodies should be claimed by wildlife fending for its own survival. As Senator Allen pointed out, this bill would open a door for poaching, never mind the human health issues associated with consumption of dead carcasses in the process of decomposing.  The SB 395 analysis states there is no opposition.  This is not true.  Animal advocates are voicing their opposition.

 

 
ASSEMBLY BILLS
AB 44  (Friedman)  SUPPORT
Fur products

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 13-5-0

Ask your assemblymember to vote YES on AB 44:  This bill would prohibit the importation or sale of fur products in the state of California.  Together with AB 273, which would protect California fur-bearing and nongame animals, AB 44 would stop animal fur products from any place in the world from entering California. 

 
 
AB 273  (Gonzalez)  SUPPORT
Fur trapping

5.16:  Referred to Senate Natural Resources and Water

HEARING JUNE 11
Contact Senate NRW at (916) 651-4116

Submit your position letter here

Ask the committee to vote YES on AB 273:
  AB 273 would protect California’s native wildlife from the cruel and outdated practice of fur trapping.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s trapping program is not self-sustaining financially, therefore it doesn't make sense to allow trapping to continue on any front. 

Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee
Senator Henry I. Stern (Chair)  (916) 651-4027
Senator Brian W. Jones (Vice Chair)  (916) 651-4038
Senator Benjamin Allen  (916) 651-4026
Senator Andreas Borgeas  (916) 651-4008
Senator Anna M. Caballero  (916) 651-4012
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg  (916) 651-4018
Senator Ben Hueso  (916) 651-4040
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson  (916) 651-4019
Senator Bill Monning  (916) 651-4017

  
 
AB 415  (Maienschein)  SUPPORT
Domestic violence

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 17-1-0

Ask your assemblymember to vote YES on AB 415:  AB 415 would add protection for domestic animals displaced as pets of crime victims. Expanding on the provisions in Senator Atkins’ SB 1005 (enrolled 2018), this bill would allow crime victims to be reimbursed for temporary housing costs for their pets. Any measure which affords protection to vulnerable animals should be supported. Animals have no choice, no voice in the complex environment of human interaction and agendas, except by that of advocates and our legislative system to ensure their safety.

   
 
AB 454  (Kalra)  SUPPORT
Migratory birds

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 13-5-0

Ask your assemblymember to vote YES on AB 454:  For over a century, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) has protected more than 1,000 native U.S. bird species, over 600 of which exist in California.  As with other crumbling laws, California must act to remedy federal shortfalls before animals lose the hard-won protections they now have.  AB 454 would ensure that migratory bird protections under the MBTA as of Jan. 1, 2017, would continue to be enforced in California, regardless of federal changes.

 
 
AB 479  (Nazarian & Kalra)  SUPPORT
Plant-based school meals

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 14-4-0, ordered returned to second reading

Ask your assemblymember to vote YES on AB 479:  It is estimated that 540 million school lunches are served each year. This bill would incentivize school districts to serve more more climate-friendly menus of plant-based foods, which would improve student health. Taking its lead from the successful "California’s Fresh Start Pilot Program," AB 479 would provide reimbursements to schools for serving fresh fruits and vegetables.

 
 
AB 527  (Voepel)  OPPOSE
Crocodilia import

4.09:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 8-2-4, 4.23 ordered to third reading
5.01:  Hearing postponed by committee

Ask committee members to vote NO on AB 527:  Since 2006, the Governor of the state of Louisiana has sponsored and/or promoted a series of California bills to continue its multi-million dollar alligator industry. 300,000 alligators are killed annually in the name of conservation, at a profit of over $100M to Louisiana. But this is an artificial population growth, because the animals are raised only to profit from the killing of the vast majority of them. Beginning January 1, 2020, the importation of dead bodies and parts of crocs and alligators will no longer be allowed in California, but AB 527 would allow it to continue. It's time to end this brutal, unethical practice.

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Lorena Gonzalez (Chair)  (916) 319-2080

Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair)  (916) 319-2005

Richard Bloom  (916) 319-2050

Rob Bonta  (916) 319-2018

William P. Brough  (916) 319-2073

Ian C. Calderon  (916) 319-2057

Wendy Carrillo  (916) 319-2051

Ed Chau  (916) 319-2049

Tyler Diep  (916) 319-2072

Susan Talamantes Eggman  (916) 319-2013

Vince Fong  (916) 319-2034

Jesse Gabriel  (916) 319-2045

Eduardo Garcia  (916) 319-2056

Brian Maienschein  (916) 319-2077

Jay Obernolte  (916) 319-2033

Cottie Petrie-Norris  (916) 319-2074

Bill Quirk  (916) 319-2020

Robert Rivas  (916) 319-2030

 
 
AB 733  (Quirk)  SUPPORT
Minnows in hazardous waste testing

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 18-0-0

Ask your assemblymember to vote YES on AB 733:  This bill, dubbed by Dr. Quirk as "Save the Minnows," calls for the use of humane alternatives in hazardous waste testing.  The author's bill for the same issue—AB 2474—passed both houses in 2018, but was vetoed by the Governor.  California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control currently uses the “aquatic toxicity test” on live fish for the classification of hazardous waste.  Scientists have shown that fish feel pain.  It is time for California, a leader in cruelty-free and humane legislation, to pass AB 733.

 
 
AB 839  (Mullin)  SUPPORT
Climate adaptation

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 14-3-1

Ask your assemblymember to vote YES on AB 839:  We must act now on every front to protect our climate.  Climate risks in California include sea level rise, changes in precipitation that increase the risk of both drought and flooding, and increases in temperatures that can affect air quality and habitat.  AB 839 would provide guidance and oversight to state agencies on priority adaptation actions and investments, taking its lead from the Natural Resources Agency, and other state departments. It would also establish innovative financing strategies that attract private funds and maximize public funds.

 
 
AB 1080  (Gonzalez, Calderon, Friedman & Ting)  SUPPORT
California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 12-4-2

Ask your assemblymember to vote YES on AB 1080 (companion to SB 54):  The California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act would require that plastic single-use packaging and products in California be reduced or recycled by 75 percent by 2030.  By 2050 plastic production will account for 20 percent of global fossil fuel consumption.  We must act on every front to combat global warming.

 

 

AB 1254  (Kamlager-Dove)  SUPPORT
Bobcats
Note: This bill was introduced on April 12

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 13-5-0

Ask your assemblymember to vote YES on AB 1254:  California is a leader in wildlife protection, and the time is ripe to lead by putting an end to the trophy slaughter of bobcats. Like their larger cousins, the mountain lion, nobody consumes bobcats for sustenance. These iconic creatures deserve protection for future generations to appreciate their beauty and contribution to the ecological health of the planet.

   
 
AB 1260  (Maienschein)  SUPPORT
Exotic animals

5.16:  PASSED APPROPRIATIONS 14-4-0

Ask your assemblymember to vote YES on AB 1260:  Hundreds of thousands of exotic animals are killed each year for luxury items like jackets, purses, wallets and boots.  California penal code already protects other exotic animals such as polar bear, python, elephant and kangaroo (complete list ).  AB 1260 would add iguana, skink, caiman, shark, stingray, hippopotamus, three species of lizard, to the code, and would include crocodilia, in the event that AB 527 passes (527 would allow the import of crocodilia) .  No species of animal should be tortured or killed for vanity and fashion.  This is the same ethic that stirred our major cities to ban the sale of fur.

   
 
AB 1788  (Bloom)  SUPPORT
Rodenticides

5.16:  Referred to Senate Environmental Quality, and Natural Resources

HEARING JUNE 5
Contact Senate NRW at 916.651-4108

Submit your position letter here

Ask committee members to vote YES on AB 1788:
  Rodenticides are pesticides designed to kill rodents, but the ingestion of, or sometimes contact with, rodenticides can have the same type of effect on any mammal. Contact with rodenticides can also affect birds and fish. Rodenticides are usually formulated as baits, which are designed to attract animals. Baits used in agriculture and natural areas may contain ground meat, vegetables, grains, or fruits, which may be attractive to non-target wildlife, children, and pets.

Senate Environmental Quality Committee
Senator Benjamin Allen (Chair)  (916) 651-4026
Senator Patricia C. Bates (Vice Chair)  (916) 651.4036
Senator Jerry Hill  (916) 651-4013
Senator Nancy Skinner  (916) 651-4009
Senator Henry I. Stern  (916) 651-4027
Senator Jeff Stone  (916) 651-4028
Senator Bob Wieckowski  (916) 651-4010

   
 
FAILED/STALLED & TWO-YEAR BILLS
• AB 700 (Friedman)  OPPOSE
California Public Records Act
Animal testing
(withdrawn for this session)


AB 889 (Maienschein)  SUPPORT
Animal testing (two-year bill)


AB 1040 (Muratsuchi)  SUPPORT
Cetaceans (two-year bill)


AB 1230 (Quirk)  SUPPORT
Declawing (died in committee)

★AB 1586  (Kalra)  SUPPORT
Dissection (died in committee)


 
2,898 bills and resolutions have been introduced in both houses as of May 16, 2019, of which about 100 impact animals.
Additional Senate Bills (support, unless noted)
SB 64 (Chang) microchips
SB 202 (Wilk) blood banks
SB 245 (Chang) veterans, adoptions
SB 312 (Leyva) veterans, service dogs (NO POSITION)
SB 397 (Glazer) evacuations, pets
SB 469 (Dodd) Horse racing
SB 580 (Wilk) cruelty
SB 627 (Galgiani) cannabis (NO POSITION)
SB 787 (Ag Committee) horse protection

 
Additional Assembly Bills (support, unless noted)
AB 128 (Gloria) horse slaughter
AB 169 (Lackey) guide dogs
AB 202 (Mathis) Safe Harbor
AB 467 (Horvath/Gonzalez) (OPPOSE)
AB 572 (Kalra) deforestation
AB 611 (Nazarian) sexual abuse
AB 1565 (Quirk) kittens
AB 1828 (Asm GO) CHRB, transparency


Assembly, dead or dying (support, unless noted)
AB 172 (Voepel) speed limits (OPPOSE)
AB 366 (Bloom) blood banks
AB 486 (Limón) wildfire preparedness
AB 939 (Frazier) EPA hearings


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SPECIAL MENTION
AB 773 (Gonzalez) voter education

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