Impound Livestock Veterinarian Determination

Bill #:
HB13-1125

Position: 
Strongly Oppose

Sponsors:
SONNENBERG

Bill Summary:
This bill prohibits the impoundment of livestock unless a licensed veterinarian determines in writing based on an inspection of the livestock that the impoundment is necessary to preserve the life of the animal.

Most Recent Status:
02/18/2013 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely

Extend Unwanted Horse Tax Checkoff

Bill #:
HB13-1164

Position: 
Support

Sponsors:
MCLACHLAN / SCHWARTZ

Bill Summary:
The bill extends by 5 years the period during which state income tax return forms include a line that allows an individual taxpayer to make a voluntary contribution to the unwanted horse fund.

Most Recent Status:
03/22/2013 Governor Signed

Prohibit Routine Dairy Cattle Tail Docking

Bill #:
HB13-1231

Position: 
Support

Sponsors:
LEBSOCK / JONES

Bill Summary:

The bill prohibits the routine practice of docking the tail of any dairy cattle; however, it allows tail docking if the following conditions are met:

* A licensed veterinarian performs the tail docking;

* The tail docking is performed for a therapeutic purpose;

* Anesthesia is used on the animal during the procedure; and

* The veterinarian conducts the procedure in a manner that minimizes the animal's long-term pain and suffering. It is an affirmative defense to an alleged violation of the bill that the tail of any dairy cattle was docked before December 1, 2013.

Most Recent Status:
03/26/2013 House Second Reading Laid Over to 5/10/2013 – Deemed Lost

Simulcast Greyhound Races

Bill #:
SB13-179

Position: 
Oppose

Sponsors:
TOCHTROP / WILLIAMS

Bill Summary:
Current law allows the Colorado racing commission to approve in-state simulcast facilities to receive out-of-state simulcasts of greyhound races through an in-state facility that is located on the premises of a licensed class B horse track, but only until June 30, 2014. The bill authorizes this to continue after June 30, 2014.

Most Recent Status:
05/11/2013 Governor Signed

Designate Shelter & Rescue Dogs & Cats State Pets

Bill #:
SB13-201

Position: 
Active Support

Sponsors:
KERR / PETTERSEN

Bill Summary:
The bill designates dogs and cats that are adopted from Colorado animal shelters and rescues as the state pets of the state of Colorado.

Most Recent Status:
05/13/2013 Governor Signed

Create Dog Protection Act

Bill #:
SB13-226

Position: 
Support

Sponsors:
BALMER / COURT

Bill Summary:

In order to prevent or reduce the number of dogs shot by officers of municipal police departments and sheriffs' offices (collectively, "local law enforcement officers"), the bill requires local law enforcement agencies to:

* Develop training programs to prepare local law enforcement officers for encounters with dogs in the line of duty, which training must emphasize how to recognize common dog behaviors and how to employ nonlethal methods to control or respond to dogs; and

* Adopt policies and procedures setting forth the appropriate ways to handle dog encounters, including policies and procedures that allow dog owners to remove or control their dogs whenever circumstances warrant. The bill creates a dog protection task force to set minimum standards for qualified animal behavior experts or licensed veterinarians who provide the required training to local law enforcement officers, to develop minimum training curricula to be used by local law enforcement agencies, and to develop web- or video-based training that may be used by local law enforcement agencies.

Most Recent Status:
05/13/2013 Governor Signed