Tuesday, April 22, 2014
AB 2343 was amended but still not right. Gary Michelson, Found Animals, Aimee Gilbreath white paper
AB 2343 was amended today but not good enough. These are our concerns now with the amendments. Please call your local rep in CA and tell them you do not accepted the amended version either.
1. Fixed holding time problem for dogs in 31108(a) - not subject to block grant funding anymore
2. Still lets stray litters of pups go without due process - 31108(b)(1)(C)
3. Changes 31751.3 to remove definition of adoption/rescue group, but it needs to STAY IN this section - this is the spay/neuter law, not the release to nonprofits law. They are still confused.
4. Still allows for immediate release of stray cats without due process - 31752(b)(a)(B)
5. Properly removes addition of for profit rescue out of 31752 and 31108
6. Removes their proposed changes to 31754 to include "other person with the authority to relinquish the animal"
7. Block grant funding still problematic
a. Grantees must accept it as full payment for costs, even if they don't get enough
b. Must forgo SB 90 claims
c. Has Department of Public Health administering grant - why not CDFA, who already administers grants for animal welfare?
d. Still has problematic timing scheme that would only get money to an agency for about the last six months of the FY
e. Still has public shaming hearing, which will be an unfunded state mandate and must go
f. Adds, "Nothing in this section shall preclude a city, county, city and county, or joint powers authority from complying with any required holding period for an impounded animal that is in effect on January 1, 2015."
g. Adds, "No more than 4p percent of the block grant funds made available under this section . . . shall be used for administrative costs."
8. There are still other problems with the bill:
a. Changes "impounded" to "admitted" to cats - an early attempt to circumvent state law for public agencies to accept animals
b. Refers to stakeholders group in the bill - misleads readers to believe knowledgable people are behind this, and they aren't
c. Changes language to include "prohibition of euthanasia" - can serve as fodder for animal rights attorneys and lawsuits against agencies
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