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D72AE9325CA30D55872583B40075CE39 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB19-158

SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Date Mar 5, 2019      
Location LSB B



SB19-158 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:26:54 PM  

Senator Ginal, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-158.  The bill continues the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) in the Department of Agriculture (CDA) from September 1, 2019, until September 1, 2026, and implements some of the recommendations of the Department of Regulatory Agencies sunset review of the program. The recommendations contained in the bill include:

  • directing forfeited sterilization deposits to the Pet Overpopulation Fund;
  • repealing language allowing a shelter or rescue to reclaim an animal that was not sterilized within 90 days;
  • authorizing additional staffing for administering PACFA and including an appropriation;
  • requiring a principal, major shareholder, member, officer, or anyone in a position of control at a PACFA licensee to wait two years to apply for a new license after a revocation;
  • making it a PACFA offense for a licensee to violate any federal, state, or local animal health and fitness law in force where a facility is located;
  • including theft, importation, capture, cruelty, neglect, or abuse of animals in any local, state, or federal jurisdiction, in the grounds for discipline;
  • authorizing the Commissioner of Agriculture to discipline a licensee or deny a license to an applicant who has entered a plea of no contest for a crime involving animal cruelty; and
  • requiring that all civil fine revenue be deposited in the General Fund instead of the Pet Animal Care and Facility Fund.
02:33:20 PM  

Duane Adams, Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies, testified in support of the bill.

02:34:59 PM  

Maggie McSchaefer, Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies and the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, testified in support of the bill.

02:36:33 PM  

Senator Ginal distributed and explained amendments L.001 and L.003 ( Attachments A and B).

02:39:06 PM  

Hollis Glenn, CDA, testified in support of the bill.

02:42:01 PM  
Nick Fisher, CDA, responded to questions.
02:44:36 PM  
Roland Halpern, Colorado Voters for Animals, testified in support of the bill.
02:46:32 PM  
Lynn Gerber, Two are Better than One, testified
in support of the bill.  
02:51:32 PM  

Dustin Hayworth, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

02:53:24 PM  
Linda Hart, Colorado Federation of Dog
Clubs and Owners, testified in support of the bill.
02:54:57 PM  
Senator Ginal made closing comments.


02:57:03 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B).
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Bridges
Coram
Crowder Excused
Williams A.
Ginal
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:57:51 PM  

Yelana Love, Office of Legislative Legal Services, responded to questions about L.003 (Attachment C).



02:59:28 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment C).
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Bridges
Coram
Crowder Excused
Williams A.
Ginal
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:00:19 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-158, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Coram Yes
Crowder Yes
Williams A. Yes
Ginal Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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