BILL SUMMARY for SB09-118
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & NATURAL RESOURCES
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Moved amendment L.013 (Attachment A). The motion
Moved amendment L.014 (Attachment B). The motion
Moved amendment L.015 (Attachment C) to change the
Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-118, as amended, to
|Pass Without Objection
Pass Without Objection
Pass Without Objection
Pass Without Objection
03:27 PM -- Senate Bill 09-118
Representative Fischer, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 09-118 concerning the continuation of pet animal care regulation. The reengrossed bill continues the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act (PACFA) until July 1, 2019, and the Pet Animal Advisory Committee indefinitely. Changes to the regulation of pet animal care and facilities by the PACFA program in the Department of Agriculture include authorizing the Commissioner of Agriculture to set fees and dates for licensing; adding a new facilities inspector; expanding the definition of pet animal to include rats and gerbils; allowing a person who breeds turtles to own turtles smaller than 4 inches; directing that fines collected for civil violations be deposited in the General Fund rather than the Pet Animal Care and Facility Fund; repeals the requirement that the commissioner consider the effect of a penalty on the ability of the person charged to stay in business; and requires each facility to display signs that contains contact information for the department. Representative Fischer answered questions from the committee.
The following individuals testified:
03:32 PM -- Dr. Keith Roehr, a veterinarian with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, spoke in support of the bill. He specifically expressed support for the additional FTE specified in the bill. Dr. Roehr responded to questions about the Commissioner of Agriculture's authority to set fees and current caps on fees, which are capped in statute at $350 per year. He also responded to questions from the committee about the provisions in the bill regarding owning and breeding turtles.
03:36 PM -- Douglas Johnson, representing the Colorado Federation of Dog Associations (CFDA) and the Colorado Springs Kennel Club, stated that the both organizations support the bill. He also indicated support for the additional inspector provided through the bill.
03:38 PM -- Joann Farrend, Colorado Association of Dog Daycares, spoke in support of adding an amendment that a representative of dog day care facilities be included on the advisory committee.
03:41 PM -- Holly Tarry, Humane Society of the United States, spoke in support of the bill. She explained that while her organization supports the passage of the bill, she still believes that there are problems with PACFA. She described instances of animal cruelty that she believed were a result of existing problems with the act.
03:48 PM -- Carmen Revord, a licensed dog breeder representing the Colorado Pet Association, spoke in favor of the bill. She described a number of improvements that she believes are still needed, including having the next sunset review in five years rather than ten years. She also discussed the need for term limits for members on the Pet Animal Advisory Committee.
03:55 PM -- Cristal Newell, Colorado Association of Dog Day Cares, spoke in support of the bill. She discussed her support for an amendment to include representation from the dog daycare industry on the advisory committee and why it is important to have the perspectives of that industry on the committee. She also described the hardship experienced by dog day care owners when they are inspected. She ended by expressing her support for the addition of an additional inspector in the bill. Ms. Newell answered questions from the committee.
04:00 PM -- Will Miller, a dog daycare owner in Colorado, spoke in support of the bill and also expressed support for an amendment to an add advisory committee member from the dog daycare industry.
04:01 PM -- Dr. Kate Anderson, State Veterinarian with the Colorado Department Agriculture, spoke in support of the bill and the provision in the bill that provides funding for the additional inspector. She explained the current composition of the advisory committee and responded to discussion about conducting another sunset review in five years rather than ten and the costs associated with an earlier review. She answered questions from the committee concerning facilities that are able to continue operating in spite of an animal cruelty charges.
| 04:22:40 PM
|Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-118, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a 12-0 roll call vote.
Final YES: 12 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS