BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1120
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, & ENERGY
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03:07 PM -- HB 16-1120
The committee returned from recess. Senator Tate, prime sponsor, described the provisions of HB16-1120 concerning rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats. This bill requires that all dogs and cats four months of age and older be vaccinated against rabies. The vaccine is to be administered by a licensed veterinarian according to national standards. The veterinarian will issue a vaccination certificate, tag, and a means for attaching the tag to the animal's collar. A pet owner is required to have an animal vaccinated no later than 90 days after acquiring the animal or 90 days after the animal turns four months of age. The State Board of Health or a local health department can set more stringent requirements. The owner or lessee of agricultural land is not required by the bill to vaccinate feral cats located on the property, but may be required to do so by a county or municipality.
The following persons testified on the bill:
03:11 PM -- Jennifer House, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, discussed the health impacts of rabies, explained how it is transmitted, and explained how vaccines work. She also spoke in support of the bill.
03:14 PM -- Judy Calhoun, Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies, spoke in support of the bill. She also responded to questions from the committee about the need for the bill and the spread of rabies.
03:21 PM -- Linda Hart, Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs, spoke in support of the bill.
The chair closed testimony and Senator Tate closed his remarks on the bill.
The bill was laid over unamended and tentatively scheduled for action only on Thursday, March 17.