Posted: August 13, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EDT
By Clay Jackson
California’s amended "Swap Meet” bill, AB 339, which would exempt gatherings like reptile and aquarium shows from a ban on live animal sales, was supposed to be heard by the California State Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday, August 12, but AB 339 was not on the agenda.
It was determined that because the amended bill would not cost the state any money, the appropriations committee could utilize rule 28.8, allowing AB 339 to skip the committee hearing and move directly to the senate floor.
The Swap Meet bill is on its second reading in the California Senate and likely will pass within the next week and be sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature, according to Jeff Plummer, government affairs manager for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC).
The governor would have until Oct. 13 to sign.
AB 339 would exempt gatherings like reptile and aquarium shows from a ban on live animal sales. Shutterstock
"If for some reason AB 339 doesn’t pass the Senate before the Sept. 13 adjournment, it will be taken up again next year,” reported Plummer.
Any unfinished business on Sept. 13 will carry over to the 2014 session, which is set to reconvene in January,” he added.
PIJAC is urging pet industry stakeholders in California to contact their respective state senators and ask that they support AB 339 as amended.
PIJAC has created an email contact form at pijac.org that can be emailed easily to someone’s state senator of record. <HOME>
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