State Legislative Update June 2013

State Legislative Update
Prepared by Department of State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
AVMA Communications Division
June 14, 2013
Governors sign many new laws; Tennessee livestock-cruelty reporting bill vetoed
As is typical for this time of year, the nation’s legislatures have enacted – and governors have signed – several new laws covering a wide range of veterinary and animal health topics. These include:
  • Alabama HB 27 clarifies definitions and increases penalties for certain animal-cruelty offenses.
  • Colorado HB 1311 amends the definition of veterinary premise from a location in which veterinary medicine is practiced by or under the direct or immediate supervision of a licensed veterinarian to a place where veterinary medicine is practiced under the direction and supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
  • Connecticut HB 6311 prohibits municipalities from adopting breed-specific dog ordinances.
  • Louisiana SB 187 exempts veterinarians who dispense controlled substances from the state’s prescription monitoring program.
  • Maine LD 687 allows a court to include protections for pets in domestic protection orders.
  • Nevada AB 110 prohibits a determination of a dangerous or vicious dog to be made solely on the breed of the dog.
  • Nevada AB 72 adds a veterinary technician to the Nevada State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
  • Nevada SB 72 prohibits a person from intentionally engaging in horse tripping or being involved in admission of any person to an event that includes this activity.
  • Nevada SB 83 increases penalties for animal-fighting offenses and specifically criminalizes manufacturing or possessing certain implements intended to be used in cockfighting.
  • New Hampshire HB 328 makes changes to licensing requirements for sellers of pets, including a requirement that all dogs, cats, birds and ferrets be accompanied by a health certificate within 14 days of transfer.
  • Oklahoma HB 1359 extends many licensure and inspection requirements currently applicable to pet breeders to apply to animal shelters that maintain 10 or more dogs and cats.
  • Rhode Island H 5595 and S 519 allow out-of-state veterinarians to practice in Rhode Island during emergency situations at the direction of the state veterinarian or the chief of the Division of Agriculture. 
  • Washington SB 5102 provides veterinarians immunity from liability arising from reporting in good faith and in the normal course of business incidents of suspected animal cruelty. 
 One significant bill was vetoed. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed SB 1248, which would require a person who records cruelty to livestock to report it and submit any unedited photographs or video recordings to law enforcement authorities within 24 hours. In his veto statement, Gov. Haslam agreed that obtaining the types of recordings under false pretenses that this bill targets is wrong. However, he asked the legislature to reconsider the bill due to concerns over constitutionality, possible conflicts with other laws and the likelihood that it would make it more difficult to prosecute animal-cruelty cases.
Regulatory watch
The Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine amended the definition of the practice of veterinary medicine to include dentistry. The definition includes teeth floating but not teeth cleaning or preventive dental procedures limited to the utilization of cotton swabs, gauze, dental floss, dentifrice or toothbrushes on an animal’s teeth.
In Florida, the Board of Veterinary Medicine issued a rule that no more than five hours in complementary and alternative medicine modalities may be credited toward the required number of continuing professional education hours needed to renew a veterinary license.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry published detailed regulations implementing the commercial pet breeder law passed in 2012. The rules contain provisions related to licensing requirements, application content, inspections, fees for licenses, annual reports, renewals, complaints, exemptions for training animals, standards of care, transportation, recordkeeping and sale of animals. 
State Agricultural and Rural Leadership endorses veterinary mobility bill
Meeting on June 7-9 in Vancouver, B.C., the State Agricultural and Rural Leaders (SARL) Association endorsed a resolution supporting The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013, currently pending in the U.S. Congress. The resolution, which was introduced by veterinarian and State Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson (Texas) and supported unanimously by the voting members, will be submitted to members of the U.S. Congress. SARL was created in 2006 to promote policy solutions and innovation to serve the agricultural and rural communities of the United States and Canada. The organization holds an annual meeting attended by about 150 state legislators and more than 100 private and industry representatives, including the AVMA. This year’s meeting included sessions covering livestock housing, right-to-farm laws, local and state food labeling, rural energy, water quality and effective communication with urban and suburban consumers.
Twenty-two states recognize AVMA’s 150th anniversary
In recent weeks, the AVMA received several more proclamations and letters honoring veterinarians for AVMA’s 150th anniversary this year. So far the following 22 states have issued recognitions: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The proclamations and letters will be displayed during the AVMA’s annual convention July 19-23 in Chicago. The AVMA would like to express its appreciation to the state veterinary medical associations for their assistance in securing the acknowledgments.
The link at the top or bottom of this page will take you to the latest chart of significant pending bills and regulations from around the country.     
State Legislative Update June 2013