UPDATE: California Bill Overregulates Dog Breeders

California Assemblyman Miguel Santiago has introduced legislation so poorly written that anyone without a spayed or neutered pet would be required to open a fully licensed business. Assembly Bill 702 will be heard in the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions on April 27 at 9 a.m. in the Assembly Chamber.


Directions to call into committee hearing to state position:

1) Tomorrow at 9am Pacific/Noon Eastern, visit this link to watch the Assembly Business and Professions Committee: https://www.assembly.ca.gov/todaysevents

2) A phone number will appear on the screen. Call that number at any time during the hearing but no later than when the committee begins discussing AB 702. Right now, the bill is the fifth bill on the agenda, but be listening closely for when they announce discussion on the bill, as the order could change.

3)  Mute your computer and listen to the hearing on your phone (you will be on hold, but able to hear the hearing on your phone). There is a 40-second lag between video and phone, so this is why it is essential that you call no later than when the committee begins discussion on the bill.

4) As soon as the chairman asks if anyone wishes to speak in OPPOSITION, follow the prompts you are given (the moderator will say “All those wishing to testify in opposition, please press (a number will be provided) now.” DO NOT push the numbers until they ask for OPPOSITION testimony on AB 702.

5)  Listen for your number. When you press the number to register your desire to be an opponent, you will be assigned a number.

6) When they say your number, clearly ONLY state the following (no further comments will be permitted):

  • Your name
  • Your location OR affiliation
  • Your opposition
    For example: My name is John Smith from Los Angeles (or state your club name) and I oppose Assembly Bill 702.
    Again, no further comments will be permitted.

7)  Throughout the hearing, listen to the committee moderator for any changes or further instructions.

California members should contact the committee chair, Evan Low, and urge him to pull the bill from the committee calendar. Additionally, members should contact their state assembly members and urge them to oppose AB 702. The chair can be reached at (916) 319-2028 or at this link. California members can find their legislators by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.

“Assemblyman Santiago’s bill has so many ridiculous issues, it’s hard to know where to start,” said Bruce Tague, vice president of government affairs for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “The ambiguous language could ensnare anyone with an intact dog or cat, forcing them to open a business complete with a state and federal tax identification number. On top of that, it forces local jurisdictions to implement a program they might have no interest in running, or even the ability to staff. This is simply more government overreach by the state of California, and it’s not even written clearly.”

Under current law, California allows local jurisdictions to permit and regulate dog breeders in the state. This bill would require that local jurisdictions permit dog owners by adding undetermined fees and extensive regulations that include: requiring a business license and a state and federal tax ID number, proof of adequate shelter and outdoor space, evidence that the female breeding dog is between 2 and 7 years of age, microchipping of all dogs and cats, reporting of births to local jurisdictions within 10 days and a requirement that all offspring sold are at least eight weeks old, among other things.

AB 702 creates unnecessary regulation and causes undue hardship on pet owners in the state, and it will inordinately harm sporting dog breeders who maintain excellent bloodlines but do not operate as a business or commercial entity.

“Every field trial, hunt test, agility or conformation dog in California could be caught up and persecuted by Assemblyman Santiago’s bill,” said Tague. “The fees, permits and government regulation could kill the excellent bloodlines of hunting and conformation dogs coming out of California.”

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