Increase Penalties For Animal Fighting

Bill #:
HB15-1062

Position: 
Actively Support

Sponsors:
MELTON/BALMER

Bill Summary:
Under current law, animal fighting is a class 5 felony with an additional potential fine of: * Up to $1,000; or * For a person who commits a second or subsequent offense, up to $5,000. The bill makes these additional fines mandatory in the amount of: * At least $1,000; or * For a person who commits a second or subsequent offense, at least $5,000.

Most Recent Status:
03/18/2015 Governor Signed

Veterinarian Peer Health Asst Mental Health Exam

Bill #:
HB15-1187

Position: 
Support

Sponsors:
LEBSOCK / GARCIA

Bill Summary:
Section 2 of the bill authorizes the state board of veterinary medicine (board), if it has reasonable cause to believe that a licensed veterinarian is unable to practice veterinary medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients and clients due to a mental illness or condition or excessive use of alcohol, a habit-forming drug, or a controlled substance, to require the licensed veterinarian to submit to a mental health examination to determine the licensed veterinarian's ability to practice. Section 3 authorizes the board, if it determines that a licensed veterinarian who submitted to a mental health examination can provide limited services with reasonable skill and safety to patients and clients, to enter into a confidential agreement with the licensed veterinarian to limit his or her practice based on the restrictions imposed by his or her illness, condition, or disorder, as determined by the board. Section 1 establishes that a licensed veterinarian's failure to comply with a confidential agreement constitutes grounds for discipline.

Most Recent Status:
05/18/2015 Governor Signed

Extend Deadline For Dog Protection Act

Bill #:
SB15-013

Position: 
Support

Sponsors:
BALMER / COURT

Bill Summary:
Currently, law enforcement officers are required to complete dog encounter training by January 1, 2015, and any officer hired on or after January 1, 2015, must complete the training within a year of being hired. The bill moves the deadline to June 30, 2015.

Most Recent Status:
04/03/2015 Governor Signed