04RS SB133


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SB 133 (BR 1520) - G. Tapp

     AN ACT relating to licensing veterinarians.
     Amend KRS 321.211 to require veterinarians to pay a renewal fee for licensing in even-numbered years only, rather than every year; modify renewal fee grace period to conform with revised licensing period.


     HCS/LM - Create a new section of KRS Chapter 258 to prohibit the use of gunshot as a method of euthanasia in animal shelter settings; amend various sections of KRS Chapter 258 to delete references to "dog pounds" and "dog wardens" and use the terms "animal shelter" and "animal control officer"; define "cat," "animal control officer," "ferret," "board," "euthanasia," "animal shelter," "livestock," "poultry," and "quarantine;" require dogs, cats, and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies; require persons with feral cats on their premises to make a reasonable effort to vaccinate the cats; require a dog to wear a rabies tag; allow a qualified person to vaccinate his own dog; allow a dog, cat, or ferret from out of state to not be vaccinated against rabies if the animal is already vaccinated and meets the rabies standards of Kentucky; allow, rather than require, local health departments to sponsor mass rabies immunization clinics; require the destruction and testing for rabies of a wild or exotic animal that has bitten a person; require an owner of an animal with rabies to be responsible for costs associated with any quarantine or rabies testing of that animal; allow a governmental agency to contract with other counties or entities to maintain an animal shelter; establish minimum standards for animal shelters; require the Animal Control Advisory Board to promulgate administrative regulations regarding animal control in the state; delete the requirement that all dogs be licensed and allow each county to establish its own licensing program; require all counties to meet the minimum standards established regarding animal shelters within three years of the effective date of this Act; allow animal control officers to impound dogs that do not bear a valid rabies tag; allow animal control officers to issue uniform citations, local citations, or local notices to enforce animal control, cruelty, and torture laws; reduce the minimum holding period of impounded dogs from seven to five days; require proof of, or the purchase of, a valid rabies vaccination before an impounded dog, cat, or ferret may be reclaimed from a shelter; require the confinement of a vicious dog; prohibit a dog from violating local nuisance ordinances; require the owner of any dog, cat, or ferret that bites a person to be responsible for any damages resulting from the bite; amend KRS 436.605 to require agents of humane societies to be employed by or have a contract with a governing body before the agent can have the power of a peace officer in enforcing statutes relating to cruelty to animals; prohibit animal control officers and officers or agents of humane societies from having the power of arrest, unless they are peace officers; specify that money collected from fines be credited to the Animal Control and Care Fund; allow veterinarians to renew their licenses biannually, rather than annually; amend KRS 67.592, 212.625, 257.100, 321.181, and 436.610 to conform; make technical corrections; repeal KRS 258.025, 258.105, 258.115, 258.125, 258.145, 258.155, 258.165, 258.175, 258.185, 258.205, 258.275, 258.285, 258.295, 258.305, 258.325, 258.345, 258.355; and provide that funds remaining in the livestock fund be deposited in the Animal Control and Care Fund.

     HCA (1/Title, R. Thomas) - Make title amendment.

     Jan 30-introduced in Senate
     Feb 4-to Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations (S)
     Feb 11-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Feb 12-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 17-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 18, 2004
     Feb 18-3rd reading, passed 37-0
     Feb 19-received in House
     Feb 20-to Agriculture and Small Business (H)
     Mar 16-posted in committee
     Mar 24-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
     Mar 25-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 26, 2004
     Mar 29-3rd reading, passed 91-0 with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) ; received in Senate
     Apr 13-posted for passage for concurrence in House Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) ; Senate concurred in House Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) ; passed 35-1; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 22-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 189)

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