• Saving and protecting animals one law at a time
  • Saving and protecting animals one law at a time

    Social Compassion in Legislation has sponsored the following bills that became law.

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    State Audit
    State Purchases that Contribute to Tropical Deforestation (Kalra)
    June 6, 2023
    This audit request was approved to study the state’s contribution to tropical deforestation through the taxpayer dollars it spends on those products harvested from these forests.
    ACR 86
    The Pet Crisis Response Resolution
    May 24, 2023
    A Resolution highlighting the pet overpopulation crisis and required responses, such as ongoing funding for spaying and neutering
    AB 829
    The Animal Cruelty & Violence Intervention Act
    March 1, 2023
    This bill expanded mandatory mental health counseling for those convicted of animal abuse crimes, as well as encourages courts to order mental health evaluations and higher level of treatment when…
    AB 1648
    The Animal Evacuation Act
    January 25, 2022
    This bill requires an animal owner, as a condition for obtaining a kennel permit, to have an evacuation plan in the event of an emergency.
    AB 1781
    The Safe Transportation of Dogs and Cats Act
    February 4, 2022
    This bill requires that all traveling housing facilities, such as animal control vehicles, to transport animals in such a manner that the conditions, such as extreme weather, do not endanger…
    AB 558
    The Child Nutrition Act of 2022
    March 3, 2021
    The intent of this bill was included in the 2022 state budget by allocating $100,000,000 in grants to schools to be used for plant-based food or locally sourced food.
    AB 1282
    California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act
    February 19, 2021
    This bill brought compassion, transparency, and oversight to California’s animal blood banks by allowing for community blood banks to operate and set into motion a mechanism for phasing out cruel…
    State Audit
    Pet Lover’s License Plate
    March 1, 2020
    This audit request was approved and identified ways administration of the Pet Lover’s License Plate could be improved.
    SB 573
    Pet Microchipping Bill
    January 1, 2020
    This bill mandated that all pets leaving a shelter, whether adopted or reclaimed by owner, to be microchipped, thus saving animal lives by raising reunification chances.
    AB 1260
    Sales Ban on Exotic Skins
    February 21, 2019
    Added hippopotami, caimans, and several species of reptile species to the list of animals that cannot be sold in California or imported with intent to sell.
    SB 313
    Prohibition of Wild Animals in Circuses
    February 15, 2019
    Makes California the third state to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, saving countless elephants, bears, lions and other animals from torture and abuse for entertainment.
    AB 273
    The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019
    January 24, 2019
    Makes California the first state to ban recreational and commercial fur trapping, thus ending an antiquated, cruel and taxpayer-subsidized practice that was destroying wildlife for private profit.
    SB 1249
    The California Cruelty-free Cosmetics Act
    October 1, 2018
    Truly historic bill making California the first state to ban the sale of cosmetics and personal hygiene products tested on animals after Jan. 1, 2020, preventing needless animal suffering.
    SB 1138
    Ensuring a Plant Based Meal Option
    October 1, 2018
    This first-of-its-kind bill requires all California state healthcare facilities and prisons to make a plant-based meal option available, ensuring residents have access to cruelty-free and healthy meals.
    AB 2445
    Retail Pet Sales Ban Records Bill
    July 20, 2018
    This bill requires pet store operators to maintain records documenting the health, status, and disposition of each animal adopted out for at least 2 years and ensures access to all…
    SB 673
    Pet Lover’s Plate Administrative Bill
    October 14, 2017
    This bill transferred administration and oversight of the Pet Lover’s Plate Program from VMB to CDFA in order to expedite grants.
    AB 485
    The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act
    October 13, 2017
    A landmark bill banning the sale of “puppy mill” bred dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores. As of 2023, the bill has been replicated in 6 states and over…
    SB 1200
    Criminal Animal Abuse Statistics Bill
    August 29, 2016
    This bill requires the Department of Justice to include information regarding arrests for animal abuse in its annual report to the Governor.
    HR 28
    Humane Education Resolution
    May 2, 2016
    In a world desperately in need of more kindness, HR 28 put the state of California on record urging compliance with the state’s Education Code provisions regarding humane education.
    S04327A/A 5956
    NY Dining with Dogs Bill
    November 5, 2015
    This bill permitted NY restaurants to allow dogs to dine with their human companions in outdoor areas, finally legalizing the practice of dining with your dog!
    Specialized License Plates Administration Bill
    October 5, 2015
    This bill corrected existing law to clarify sponsoring agencies delegating responsibilities to a nonprofit working on the Pet Lover’s License Plate.
    ACR 56
    Official State Pet Declaration
    September 8, 2015
    This bill made the shelter pet the “Official State Pet.” This bill helped the continuing cultural shift to value our shelter pets as the wonderful animals that they are.
    AB 1965
    California Dining with Dogs Bill
    August 21, 2014
    This bill permitted CA restaurants to allow dogs to dine with their human companions in outdoor areas, finally legalizing the practice of dining with your dog!
    AB 610
    Pet Lover’s License Plate Time Extension Bill
    May 3, 2012
    This bill extended administrative deadlines required to create the Pet Lover’s License Plate, which provides funds for low cost spay and neuter services across California.
    AB 2689
    Online Rabies Reporting Bill
    July 6, 2010
    This bill clarified how local jurisdictions could require proof of pets’ rabies vaccination by allowing online reporting.
    SB 1806
    Animals in Unattended Motor Vehicles Bill
    September 22, 2006
    This landmark bill made it illegal to leave animals unattended in a vehicle under conditions, such as extreme heat or cold, that would inflict suffering on the animal.

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