State Legislative Update - October 2013

 State Legislative Update 
Prepared by Department of State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
AVMA Communications Division
October 15, 2013

State Legislative Update October 2013 

Only a handful of legislatures are still in session this year, although bills introduced in 28 states in 2013 carry over and may be acted on in 2014. The California Legislature recently adjourned, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law three bills of particular interest to veterinarians. SB 304 calls on the state’s veterinary medical board to make every effort to inspect at least 20 percent of veterinary premises on an annual basis. The law also authorizes veterinarians to designate a veterinary assistant to hold a permit to obtain or administer controlled substances. AB 272 makes changes to the state’s rabies vaccine requirements and SB 294 expands the requirement for a license to pharmacies that compound or dispense sterile drug products for injection, administration into the eye or inhalation.


 Regulatory update


 The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued regulations addressing standards for dogs kept by high-volume breeders, including definitions, housing, socialization, food, health requirements, record keeping, transportation, licensing, inspections and civil penalties. The rules implement legislation enacted in 2012.


 Court watch


 After a boy who tried to pet a horse at a boarding facility was bitten in the face, a mid-level appellate court in Connecticut overturned a lower court ruling and found that the testimony by the farm owner demonstrated that the horse belongs to “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious.” The court concluded that the injury suffered by the boy was foreseeable and the owners of the farm had a duty to use reasonable care to restrain the animal to prevent injury. The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides on Sept. 24, 2013, and is expected to rule within three to six months. The Connecticut Farm Bureau and Connecticut Horse Council filed a friend of the court brief advocating that under common law viciousness generally is judged individually according to age, breed and gender, not as an entire species. They argue that such a classification would make owning horses uninsurable and jeopardize the state’s large horse industry. If allowed to stand, Connecticut would be the first state to consider horses as inherently dangerous.


 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 October 2013​