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HB 269 (BR 1009) - T. McKee, W. Stone, R. Crimm, M. Denham, K. Flood, J. Jenkins, M. King, T. Mills, D. Schamore, R. Smart, J. Taylor, T. Thompson, S. Westrom, B. Yonts

     AN ACT relating to veterinarians.
     Amend various sections of KRS Chapter 321 relating to veterinarians; define "veterinary wellness program" and "student" and eliminate "veterinary technologist" designation; clarify the veterinarian-client-patient relationship to allow veterinarians to release animal welfare information to government authorities; clarify veterinary license to practice requirements; allow for additional licensing stipulations; provide conditions under which a nonresident of the United States may practice veterinary medicine; clarify a special permit to practice veterinary medicine; clarify animal control euthanasia; set out how the Board of Veterinary Examiners may allow the renewal of retired or inactive licenses; increase the size of the Board of Veterinary Examiners; provide board members immunity from personal liability in any action based on an official act of the member; allow the board to establish a veterinary wellness committee; clarify the election of a chair and vice chair of the board; limit administrative fines to $5,000 per violation; define what "private admonishment" means; describe who may be licensed as a veterinary technician; state that only a violation of KRS 321.190 is punishable under the penalty section of KRS Chapter 321; create a new section of KRS Chapter 321 to permit the board to issue an emergency order for immediate, temporary suspension of a license, and establish an appeals process; make technical corrections; repeal KRS 321.195.


HB 269 - AMENDMENTS

     HCS1 - Retain original provisions except delete stipulation allowing a veterinarian to release animal protection and health information to authorities without an owner's consent; insert an exception for retailers who offer information on over-the-counter animal products.
     HFA1( R. Heath ) - Allow for recommendations in the context of information being provided by retailers on over-the-counter animal products.
     HFA2( T. McKee ) - Amend to allow a retailer or its agent to provide information and suggestions for over-the-counter products it sells to treat animals.

     Jan 15, 2016 - introduced in House
     Jan 19, 2016 - to Agriculture & Small Business (H)
     Jan 21, 2016 - posted in committee
     Mar 14, 2016 - posted in committee
     Mar 16, 2016 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)
     Mar 17, 2016 - 2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 18, 2016
     Mar 21, 2016 - floor amendment (1) withdrawn; floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 22, 2016 - 3rd reading, passed 67-30 with Committee Substitutes (1) floor amendment (2)
     Mar 23, 2016 - received in Senate
     Mar 24, 2016 - to Agriculture (S)