Rabies Vaccinations For Dogs & Cats

Bill #:
HB16-1120

Position: 
Actively Support

Sponsors:
GINAL / TATE 

Bill Summary:
Under current law, local governments may determine whether to require pet owners to vaccinate their pets against rabies through a licensing program. Additionally, when public health and safety are at risk, county or district health departments may order all dogs, cats, other pet animals, or other mammals in the in the county or district to be vaccinated against rabies. The bill imposes a statewide requirement that all dogs and cats that are 4 months old or older be vaccinated against rabies. Dog and cat owners must ensure that their animals are vaccinated within 90 days after assuming ownership, and a licensed veterinarian must administer the vaccination and issue to the owner a rabies vaccination certificate and a tag to be attached to the animal's collar. 

Most Recent Status:
03/17/2016 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed

Fraudulent Misrepresentation of a Service Animal

Bill #:
HB16-1308

Position: 
Support

Sponsors:
KAGAN / NEWELL

Bill Summary:
The bill creates a criminal offense of fraudulent misrepresentation of a service animal (offense). The offense applies to a person who intentionally fraudulently misrepresents an animal in his or her possession as a service animal for the purpose of obtaining the rights and privileges granted by law to persons with disabilities with service animals. The offense also applies to a person who knowingly and fraudulently misrepresents himself or herself as a trainer of a service animal. The penalty for fraudulent misrepresentation of a service animal mirrors the penalty for an offender who violates the provisions of the law concerning reserved parking for persons with disabilities. A person who has been convicted of an offense may petition the court to have his or her record of first conviction sealed if he or she has not committed an offense in the 3 years prior to petitioning the court.

Most Recent Status:
04/11/2016 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

Concerning the availability of compounded pharmaceutical drugs for use by a veterinarian to treat a patient’s emergency condition

Bill #:
HB16-1324

Position: 
Support

Sponsors:
GINAL / SONNENBERG

Bill Summary:
Under current law, a veterinarian cannot maintain an office stock of compounded drugs, which are drugs that are combined, mixed, or otherwise altered to create a specific drug or formulation, for later distribution or administration to patients. The bill authorizes: A compounding pharmacy to compound and distribute a drug to a veterinarian without a specific patient indicated to receive the compounded drug; and A veterinarian to dispense a compounded drug, maintained as part of the veterinarian's office stock, in an amount not to exceed 5 days' worth of doses, if a patient has an emergency condition that the compounded drug is necessary to treat and the veterinarian cannot access, in a timely manner, the compounded drug through a compounding pharmacy.

Most Recent Status:
05/03/2016 Passed House. Passed Senate with Amendments.  House concur.