June 03, 2013

California AB 272 Amended Sort Of

Final. California dogs may be vaccinated against rabies at three or four months of age.
AB 272, as amended, Gomez.
Rabies: vaccinations. Existing law imposes various requirements upon dog owners in rabies areas designated by the State Public Health Officer. Any person who violates these requirements is guilty of an infraction, and is punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000. Violation of these requirements also results in impounding of the dog by the local jurisdiction. Among the requirements imposed under existing law is that a dog 4 months of age or older be vaccinated against rabies. This bill would require that a dog 3 or 4 months of age or older be vaccinated against rabies. By expanding the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

I am hard-pressed to understand the thinking behind this amendment. It looks like Committee wants it both ways. Go with Assemblyman Gomez. Go with the public who protests lowering the age a dog must be vaccinated against rabies. Also note in the full text that a rabies medical exemption waiver is available.

Success, I guess.


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