Please Note-Bills can undergo many changes as they go through the process and can completely change or be dropped. Where some bills use the term animal-it could include horses or livestock.
STATE LEGISLATION (Please Note-Legislation at the state level has now come to an end for the 2002 year. New bills will start to be introduced at the begining of January 2003.)
ACR 175, Assemblyman Joe Nation. Day of the Horse. Signed in to Law
This measure would designate December 14, 2002, as the Day of the Horse.
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AB 1058-Pavley. Vehicular emissions-greenhouse gasses. Was killed, however a live bill was QUIETLY (a sneaky move) amended with same wording and passed. Could effect light vehicles pulling horse trailers. Still listed as Active, however no recent action.AB1130 Creation of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy-Gives unnecessary power to local county boards of supervisors (B of S) to decide what acquisitions the conservancy could make within a county. This "favor" to local governments would force property owners to become so-called "willing sellers" by threatening restrictive land use regulations if they don't sell. Still listed as active.
AB 1668, Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. Inactive
As now amended AB 1668 would repeal Section 5056 of the Public Resources Code. Under existing law the Department of Parks and Recreation, not later than February 1, 1975, was to prepare and submit to the Legislature a preliminary plan for the development of hostel facilities in the state park system and the establishment of recreational trails. This bill would repeal that section and those provisions.Click here to read bill.
AB 2301, as introduced, Cardenas. Parks and recreation: horse trails: Stalled-No action since April.
Existing law requires the Department of Parks and Recreation to operate and maintain trails and facilities at units of the state park system, including trails used by hikers and horseback riders. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature that the department map horse trails in the state and develop a plan to increase access to existing horse trails and increase the total number of horse trails statewide. AS NOW AMENDED-New wording! The Department of Parks and Recreation, not later than December 31, 2003, shall develop a plan to map horse trails in the state, increase access to existing horse trails, and increase the number of horse trails in the state. The plan shall also describe how the department operates and maintains trails and
facilities at units of the state park system, including trails used by both hikers and horseback riders. Click here to read bill
AB 2155. INTRODUCED BY Committee on Agriculture: Equine Drugs-Signed.
AB 2155 would declare that it is the intent of the Legislature to ensure the integrity of public horse shows, horse competitions, and horse sales through the control of performance and disposition enhancing medications while permitting therapeutic usage. Click here to read bill.
SB 196, Burton. Parks No action since September, 2001.
Coastal protection, land conservation, air pollution, and historic preservation: bond act. Would enact the California Resources Legacy Bond Act of 2002, which would authorize a program for the issuance of bonds in the amount of $2,998,000,000 Click here to read bill.
SB 788, Senator Alarcon. Parks and Recreation: grants: Urban river park projects. Inactive at this time. This bill would enact the California River Parkways Act of 2001 for the purpose of directly improving the quality of life in California by providing recreational, open space, wildlife, and education. Click here to read bill.
SB 1306 by Senator Liz Figueroa-Steer Tailing-Failed
Bans steer tailing-intentionally tripping, dragging, or felling them by the tail, as in charreadas (Mexican rodeos). Active. Click here to read bill.
SB 1373 by Senator Jack OConnell-Microchipping-Placed in inactive file by request of Author.
Requires the seller of any dog or cat to make sure that the animal has been microchipped and requires anyone selling a dog or cat less than one year old to register and pay a fee. Click here to read bill.
SB 1916 by Senator Liz Figeroa- OPPOSE -Would expand the authority of the California Coastal Commission. The CSHA & the California Equestrian Trails & Lands Coalition, is dedicated to preserving equestrian uses throughout California and opposes SB 1916. Placed in Inactive File
Local government and citizens should continue to work with Regional Water Quality Control Boards, who have had staffs expert in water quality for a long time, and with the EPA through much more democratic-based coalitions, like the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project, rather than the authoritarian California Coastal Commission (CCC).
The CCC has demonstrated that they do not have the staff, expertise, local knowledge, nor inclination to work and prioritize with visitors and residents to reduce non-point source pollution. The typical CCC approach to non-point source pollution control is "just say no" or "just make it impractical or impossible to do". Here are some response examples of how the CCC is not working with the citizens or the local governments in their LUP for Malibu & the Santa Monica Mountains:
SB 1916 if passed would perpetuate this type of response to land use plans.
· No conversion of open spaces to orchards, vineyards, etc. even if they are zoned rural residential or agriculture ( Harris, Hinman, San Luis Obispo, etc)
· Unprecedented designations as Environmental Sensitive Habitat Areas (ESHA) for areas with common sagebrush & chaparral and for open spaces with weeds and grasses. No livestock allowed in or adjacent to an ESHA.
· Unprecedented limits of all improvements to no more than 10,000 sq.ft. "Disturbed area" even in rural neighborhoods that characteristically have always had orchards, horse facilities, tennis courts, ponds, etc. Note that a tennis court is 7,000 sq.ft. and a required hammerhead driveway is 3,000 sq.ft., so that you could not have a house also!
· No grading at all for horse corrals, barns, arenas, etc. Restricting horse facilities so close to homes that it conflicts with public health codes for 50 foot distance from homes, resulting in no horses allowed. Only one ancillary structure and it can not exceed 750 sq. ft. A structure is defined to include fences & corrals.
The economic costs to local government and the state would be enormous in terms of lost property tax revenue, tourism, agriculture, wine production, nursery production, landscaping, and equestrian uses. Therefore, we are opposed to SB 1916.
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SB 1851 by Senator Don Perata-Rodeos-Failed
Sets a number of new provisions to regulate Rodeo such as requiring rodeo management to inform
animal control 14 days in advance of any rodeo. It would require onsite, rather than on-call veterinarians for all rodeos except junior rodeos and high school or intercollegiate rodeos. It would prohibit the attending or on-call veterinarian from participating in a rodeo event. It would make a violation of the requirement that a veterinarian submit a listing of any animal injury to the Veterinary Medical Board a cause for action by the board against the veterinarian. It would require the Veterinary Medical Board to adopt regulations to implement the veterinary reporting requirement for rodeo animal injuries described above. It would also expand the definition of a rodeo, under current law, to include 4 or more of a list of specified activities, by adding steer roping and horse roping to that list of activities. Click here to read bill.
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S. 2535-California Wild Heritage Act of 2002-Senator Barbara Boxer
The primary effect of Wilderness designation is the reduction of access and recreation. For the last 2-3 years, the California Wilderness Coalition, the Sierra Club, and other green groups have been aggressively marketing their Wilderness agenda to ban multiple-use recreation and resource management on 7 million acres in California.
H.R. 434 Emigrant Wilderness Preservation Act of 2001
H.R. 2177 Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate)
H.R.2622 Rep Thomas M.Reynolds (introduced 7/25/2001) To prohibit the interstate transport of horses for the purpose of slaughter or horseflesh intended for human consumption, and for other purposes. Analysis: H.R. 2622 is drafted in such a way that it will not prohibit the transport from a state to a foreign country of horses for slaughter or horse flesh for human consumption. It will pre-empt any existing or future state law relating to slaughter of horses for human consumption. And the "downed horse" exemption in H.R. 2622 will permit the interstate transport for slaughter for human consumption of lame and sick horses.
H.R. 3781 Morella, has been substantially changed correcting problems addressing constitutionality. However, there are still two major issues that have not been amended: Euthanasia and Enforcement. As currently drafted it allows for confiscated horses both beyond recovery and unplaceable to be euthanized using gun shot or captive dead bolt. Also H.R. 3781 does not grant authority to law enforcement resources outside the USDA to enforce the Act.
H.R. 3808-Representative Scott McInnis (R-Colorado) Legislation aimed at deterring unlawful abuse by persons on Federal lands that fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service.
H.R. 4589 Wilderness Study Area Release Act
H.R.4750 Big Sur Wilderness and Conservation Act of 2002
HR 4840 requires "sound science" - solid, valid, legitimate scientific data - to place a species on the endangered species list.
H.R.4948 Northern California Wild Heritage Wilderness Act of 2002
H.R.4947Southern California Wild Heritage Wilderness Act
H.R.4949 Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act of 2002
H.R.3259 To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973
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