July 3, 2012
We did it!
Your calls in opposition to AB 1939 flooded the Capitol and influenced the Senate Business and Professions Committee members to the point where the author had to pull the bill from being voted on in committee.
What does this mean? It means supporters of this ill-conceived bill could not get enough "yes" votes to get the bill passed out of committee, therefore, AB 1939 is dead. And we have you to thank!
We are not a big group with a lot of money in the bank, but SCIL supporters are incredible at coming through and helping pass, or in this case defeat, legislation when needed. The Legislature takes us seriously in large part due to your passion, commitment and sincerity. I can't thank you enough for being so involved.
We would also like to thank the many groups and cities who lobbied and sent letters in opposition to AB 1939, including the following official opponents from the Committee Analysis:
I would also like to thank the Senate Business and Professions Committee for their thoughtful analysis of the bill; you can read it here, and here is an excerpt from the analysis:
- City of Los Angeles
- City of Long Beach
- State Humane Association of California
- SPCA Los Angeles
- Humane Society Silicon Valley
- Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA
- Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
- San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
- SPCA for Monterey County
- Take Me Home Rescue
The problem pointed out by opponents of this measure relate more to
the use of the differential fee now provided as an incentive for an
owner to spay and neuter their dog, then to providing a puppy
license. As a matter of fact, it appears that there are several
other local jurisdictions that have actually adopted the concept of
providing a puppy license with some success. The opponents,
however, may have a point. It would seem that one of the major
considerations for local jurisdictions is trying to provide whatever
incentives are possible so that owners will have their dogs spayed
or neutered. Opponents argue that by requiring the specified
jurisdictions of this pilot program to offer the same fee for a
puppy license that is offered for a spay or neutered dog ("one-half
or less of the fee required for dog tag") that this would provide a
disincentive for owners to get there dog spayed or neutered sooner
rather than later (possibly after one year since that is how long
the puppy license would be in effect).
Your voices were heard, and it made the difference.