For information on legislation that has been introduced to the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners (BCC), click on the link below for the current agenda:
Palm Beach Board of Commissioners Agenda (note: the agenda is posted on line approximately 1 week before the scheduled meeting date)
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Below is a listing of current and previous legislative bills that have been introduced in the Florida Legislature
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For information on legislation that has been introduced in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives, visit: www.avma.org/advocacy/national OR www.congress.gov
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Florida Bills to watch for the 2020 Legislative Session
Summary of Proposed Bill or Regulation
General Bill by Hooper
Veterinary Medicine: Defining and redefining terms relating to veterinary medical practice, etc.
Deregulation of Professions & OccupationsSeeks to redefine the term “limited-service veterinary medicine” to include vacciantions, deworming & microchipping. Seeks to establish reciprocal licensing agreements with other states. Seeks to permit licensure for those applicants who have completed P.A.V.E
|SB 48||Declawing of Cats|
General Bill by Book
Declawing of Cats: Prohibiting a person from performing a declawing on a cat within this state; providing an exception; providing that a veterinarian who performs a prohibited declawing is subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Veterinary Medicine, etc.
|HB 181||Adoption of Retired Research Animals|
General Bill by Grieco (CO-SPONSORS) Casello; Eskamani
Adoption of Retired Research Animals: Requires specified research facilities to offer retired research animals for adoption; provides requirements for such adoption; provides immunity from civil liability for such facilities.
|Contracts for the Sale/Lease of pets|
General Bill by Taddeo
Contracts for the Sale or Lease of Pets: Defining the term “pet”; declaring that certain contracts entered into on or after a specified date for the sale or lease of a pet are void and unenforceable as being against the public policy of this state; providing an exception, etc.
|Emotional Support Animals|
General Bill by Killebrew
Emotional Support Animals: Prohibits discrimination in rental of dwelling to person with disability or disability-related need who has emotional support animal; prohibits landlord from requiring such person to pay extra compensation; provides exception; authorizes landlord to request certain written documentation; prohibits falsification of written documentation or other misrepresentation; specifies person with disability or disability-related need is liable for damage done by emotional support animal; revises definition of “handicap.”
|HB 243||Nonservice Animals|
General Bill by Antone
Nonservice Animals: Prohibits nonservice animals from entering specified public food service establishments or places of business; requires DBPR to create & maintain publicly accessible website for complaints; provides penalties.
Cruelty to Dogs
Prohibiting a person from leaving a dog outside and unattended during certain weather events; providing a criminal penalty; providing a fine, etc.
Companion Animal Public-Private Partnership Act
Prohibits animal shelters from euthanizing animals under certain conditions; requires animal shelters to release animals to rescue organizations; provides exceptions.
Domestic Violence Injunctions
Authorizes court to take certain actions regarding care, possession, or control of animal in domestic violence actions.
Lost or Stray Dogs & Cats
Requires certain animal organizations to adopt policies & procedures to achieve specified goals; authorizes such organizations to implant dogs & cats with radio frequency identification devices & verify pet ownership.
Public Records/Animal Health Records/Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Exempting from public records requirements certain animal health records submitted to or generated by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or the state veterinarian in connection with the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of public necessity, etc.
|HB 2043||Palm Beach Zoo Water Quality & Recreation|
Appropriations Project by Silvers
Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society – Water Quality and Recreation: Provides an appropriation for the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society – Water Quality and Recreation.
|HB 2045||Palm Beach Zoo Safety Infrastructure|
Appropriations Project by Silvers
Palm Beach Zoo – Safety Infrastructure: Provides an appropriation for the Palm Beach Zoo – Safety Infrastructure.
|Student Loans and Scholarship Obligations of Health Care Practitioners|
General Bill by Cruz
Student Loans and Scholarship Obligations of Health Care Practitioners: Establishing that a health care practitioner’s failure to repay a student loan or to comply with service scholarship obligations does not constitute grounds for disciplinary action; removing a civil fine; removing the requirement that the Department of Health investigate and prosecute health care practitioners for failing to repay a student loan or to comply with scholarship service obligations, etc.
Keep our Graduates Working (new version published)
Creating the “Keep Our Graduates Working Act of 2020”; prohibiting a state authority from suspending or revoking a person’s professional license, certificate, registration, or permit solely on the basis of a delinquency or default in the payment of his or her student loan, etc. (New version published 11/7/19)
OGSR/Animal Medical Records/State College of Veterinary Medicine
Amending a provision which provides an exemption from public records requirements for certain animal medical records held by a state college of veterinary medicine that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education; removing the scheduled repeal of the exemption, etc.