AB 2000 “Molly’s Bill” which is sponsored by California Assemblymember Hagman is a simple compassionate bill that we support. It would provide an option for a medical exemption for dogs that veterinarians determine could have severe adverse reactions to the rabies vaccination that is mandated in existing state law. Currently dog owners have no choice. Even if veterinarians warn a dog owner that rabies vaccination would almost certainly kill their dog, they are required by current state law to do it anyway.
After passing unanimously in the Assembly, AB 2000 is stuck in the Senate Appropriations Committee for reasons that make no sense. The CDPH is claiming they would need to hire additional staff for 18 months to update their regulations related to canine rabies vaccinations. The cost associated with this is causing the committee to hold the bill. Nonsense, this is just not that complicated. Key details were already hashed out during the legislative process as a result of discussions between the CDPH, veterinary groups, and other stakeholders.
Please contact members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ask them to pass AB 2000 “Molly’s Bill”
Senate Appropriations Committee contact information
|Senator Christine Kehoe (Chair)||(916) 651-4039|
|Senator Roy Ashburn (Vice-Chair)||(916) 651-4018|
|Senator Elaine Alquist||(916) 651-4013|
|Senator Ellen Corbett||(916) 651-4010|
|Senator Bill Emmerson||(916) 651-4037|
|Senator Mark Leno||(916) 651-4003|
|Senator Curren Price||(916) 651-4026|
|Senator Mimi Walters||(916) 651-4033|
|Senator Lois Wolk||(916) 651-4005|
|Senator Mark Wyland||(916) 651-4038|
|Senator Leland Yee||(916) 651-4008|