Invitation and Call to Action.

AB 1648 the Animal Evacuation Act is officially on the Governor’s desk! Governor Newsom has until September 30th to sign AB 1648 into law or veto. // & You are invited to a virtual fundraiser!

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Bad News for Dogs and Cats. 😢

We are frustrated to announce that AB 1881, the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights has failed to pass the Senate. We are particularly dismayed to convey that CalAnimals, the association representing animal control agencies and animal shelters in the state, played the leading role in killing the bill.

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Call to Action for AB 1648, the Animal Evacuation Bill!

AB 1648 Passes Out of Senate Appropriations Committee with a 6-0 Vote! We are thrilled that Senator Portantino and Senate leadership supported AB 1648, authored by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D – San Diego), and moved the bill to the Senate floor.

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Three Events: 2 in the OC and 1 in LA. Please join me!

Dear friends: As you all know, I have been working to get animal protection laws passed in California for over two decades. With your help, we have made huge strides over those years by passing many landmark bills to protect animals. But there is so much more we can do, which is one of the many reasons I am running for State Assembly District 72.

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Governor Newsom Signs the Safe Transportation of Dogs and Cats Act into Law

July 1, 2022 – Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1781, the Safe Transportation of Dogs and Cats Act, into law. The new law, authored by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) and sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, requires mobile or traveling housing facilities, such as animal control vehicles, to transport dogs and cats in a manner that does not endanger the health or well-being of the animal due to conditions such as extreme heat or cold, or lack of food and water.

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AB 558

TWO CALLS TO ACTION!

#1 Make your voice heard for AB 558, the Child Nutrition Act of 2022, by Tuesday at 5PM! #2 Please Ask Governor Newsom to Sign AB 1781, the Safe Transportation of Dogs and Cats Act!

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CALL TO ACTION! Make your voice heard for AB 558, the Child Nutrition Act of 2022, by Wednesday at 5PM!

AB 558, the Child Nutrition Act of 2022, will create a voluntary grant program to help schools serve more plant-based meals and milks, will be voted on in the Senate Education Committee this Thursday! Sadly, the dairy and beef industries are opposing the bill this year, despite their previous public announcement that they were not in opposition to this type of legislation.

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State Assembly District 72 Candidate Judie Mancuso Wins Primary

Laguna Beach, CA – Nonprofit founder and CEO, and businesswoman Judie Mancuso, Democrat for the 72nd State Assembly District (AD) advances to the November General election after coming out on top in Tuesday’s primary. Mancuso, the California Democratic Party’s (CDP) endorsed candidate, will face perennial candidate Republican Diane Dixon in the November 8th General Election, who was rejected by Orange County voters in 2020.

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AB 1781 Passes Senate Business & Professions Committee!

We are happy to announce that AB 1781, the Safe Transportation of Dogs and Cats Act, passed the Senate Business and Professions Committee with an unanimous vote of 12-0. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) requires mobile or traveling housing facilities, such as animal control vehicles, to transport dogs and cats in such a manner that conditions do not endanger the health or well-being of the animal due to extreme temperatures or lack of food or water.

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AB 1648, the Animal Evacuation Act, Passes the Full Assembly!

We are thrilled to announce that today AB 1648, the Animal Evacuation Act, passed the full Assembly by vote of 68-0. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) and sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, specifies a city or county that requires a kennel license or permit, to require, as a condition for obtaining the kennel license or permit, that the kennel owner create and submit to the city or county an animal natural disaster evacuation plan for any kennel covered by the license or permit.

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AB 1881

AB 1881, the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights, Passes the Full Assembly!

We are thrilled to announce that today AB 1881, the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights, passed the full Assembly by vote of 47-12.
The bill, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, specifies that public or humane society shelters and rescue organizations must make a notice accessible to the public which reads the following…

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California won’t ban offshore drilling after legislation stalls

I was invited to appear on the Tucker Carlson Show this past Friday night to discuss our sponsored bill, AB 1881 (Santiago) Dog & Cat Bill of Rights. Because Tucker Carlson is a divisive personality, I want to give some context for my appearance on the show.

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Updates on AB 1781 & AB 1979 and Need Your Emails On Animal Abuse Case

We are thrilled to announce that AB 1781, the Safe Transportation of Dogs and Cats Act, passed the Assembly with a 70-0 vote. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) requires mobile or traveling housing facilities, such as animal control vehicles, to transport dogs and cats in such a manner that conditions do not endanger the health or well-being of the animal due to extreme temperatures or lack of food or water.

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Two Bills Sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation Both Pass Unanimously in the Assembly Business & Professions Committee!

Today, we are thrilled to share the news that two of our sponsored bills passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. Both bills, AB 1781 and AB 1881, will protect the well-being of dogs and cats in our state, but in two unique ways. AB 1781 was on the consent file, meaning all members voting yes, while AB 1881 passed the committee with a vote of 14 – 0 (All members voted yes, except: Vice Chair Flora, Fong, & Dahle all abstained, and Cunningham was absent).

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The Planet Needs Your Calls! AB 1979 Will Be Voted On Wednesday, 4/27!

AB 1979 is a new bill which responds to Governor Newsom’s veto message to 2021’s AB 416. The Governor committed to working with Assemblymember Kalra and the sponsors on this crucial legislation, and we are pleased to report that we are in active discussion with the administration on the bill.

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Happy National Pet Day! & L.A. Mayoral Candidate Forum Video!

AB 1881 promotes the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of dogs and cats by informing potential adopters of the animal’s needs before they adopt. This bill would require a public animal control agency or shelter to post a copy of the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights accessible to public view.

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mayoral candidates

Register for the first ever Los Angeles Mayoral Animal Protection Forum

The Los Angeles Democrats for the Protection of Animals, in partnership with Michelson Found Animals, the Michelson Center for Public Policy, Social Compassion in Legislation, and the Greater Los Angeles Spay & Neuter Collaborative, is hosting the first everforum on animal welfare, where Los Angeles Mayoral candidates will answer questions from our superstar moderator, Mark Thompson, regarding animal protection in LA. Please register to be a part of the audience as animal issues take center stage in the mayoral race!

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AB 1979 to Encourage Sustainable Government Purchasing

Assemblymember Kalra Introduces AB 1979 to Encourage Sustainable Government Purchasing

Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) and bill co-sponsors, Friends of the Earth, and Social Compassion in Legislation, announced the reintroduction of the Deforestation Free Procurement Act to answer last year’s veto of AB 416. The coalition thanks Governor Newsom for committing to working with them to address his concerns on implementation. The new bill, AB 1979, will primarily mimic AB 416 along with modifications to the rollout for the operational procedures of the state’s procurement process.

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AB 1908 F.I.R.E. Act of 2022

The F.I.R.E Act of 2022 Introduced to Increase Number of Credentialed Firefighters

What is at the intersection of saving California’s wildlife and habitats, reducing recidivism rates of formerly incarcerated individuals, and protecting our communities from the ravages of wildfire? AB 1908, the Formerly Incarcerated Recruits finding Employment (F.I.R.E) Act of 2022, and formerly incarcerated individuals who are trained as effective firefighters.

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SB 953 The Save Our Shoreline Act

Senator Dave Min Introduces Legislation to Ban Offshore Drilling and Cease Oil Production in California Waters

Senator Min (D-Irvine) introduced new legislation to ban offshore drilling in the State of California, including oil production under current lease agreements. Min’s Senate Bill 953 fulfills his pledge for action in the wake of last year’s Orange County Oil Spill, which leaked nearly 25,000 gallons of crude oil just off the coast of Huntington Beach, shutting down beaches from Orange County to San Diego. This was the largest spill in California waters since the 2015 Refugio Beach oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara.

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AB 1881

The Dog and Cat Bill of Rights Introduced by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and Sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation

Today, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 1881, the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights. The bill, sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, describes the rights of dogs and cats in seven broad clauses ranging from the right to be free from cruelty and neglect to the right to daily mental stimulation and appropriate exercise. The entire bill can be found here.

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The Safe Transportation of Dogs and Cats Act Introduced by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio and Sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation

Today, Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) introduced AB 1781, the Safe Transportation of Dogs and Cats Act. The bill, sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, requires mobile or traveling housing facilities, such as animal control vehicles, to transport dogs and cats in such a manner that conditions do not endanger the health or well-being of the animal due to extreme temperatures or lack of food or water.

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AB 558 (Nazarian)

AB 558 (Nazarian), the Child Nutrition Act of 2022 Passes the Full Assembly 47-7!

After working on this legislation for 3 years, we are thrilled to announce that AB 558, the Child Nutrition Act of 2022, authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and cosponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, and Friends of the Earth, which incentivizes K-12 public schools across the state to offer healthier, climate-friendly plant-based meals and beverages passed the full Assembly with an initial vote of 47-7.

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Christian Science Monitor Release Profile on SCIL Founder, Judie Mancuso & AB 558 Passes Assembly Appropriations Committee!

Today, AB 558, the Child Nutrition Act of 2022, authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and cosponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and Friends of the Earth, which incentivizes K-12 public schools across the state to offer healthier, climate-friendly plant-based meals and beverages passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee by a 9-0 vote.

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AB 558 Passes

Call to Action for Plant-Based Meals Served in CA Schools!

Today, AB 558, the Child Nutrition Act of 2022, authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and cosponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and Friends of the Earth, which incentivizes K-12 public schools across the state to offer healthier, climate-friendly plant-based meals and beverages passed the Assembly Education Committee by a vote of 5-0. Under the grant program set up by the bill, schools could apply to receive additional state funding for serving a plant-based entrée and plant-based milk.

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Call to Action for Plant-Based Meals Served in CA Schools!

Call to Action for Plant-Based Meals Served in CA Schools!

PLEASE MAKE YOUR CALLS BY TUESDAY, JANUARY 11th! AB 558 (Nazarian) the Child Nutrition Act of 2022, which will incentivize California schools to serve plant-based meals and beverages, will be voted on in the Assembly Education Committee next week!

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Happy Holidays from SCIL

Happy Holidays and Thank You!

Dear Friends, Many of you on our email list have been with us since our founding 15 years ago in 2007. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to you for supporting us all these years. And for those of you newer to us, welcome and thank you for caring about animals. We need you all!

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Giving Tuesday

Please Help Us Continue our Lifesaving Work for Animals

Please consider Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), our 501(c)(4), or Social Compassion, our 501(c)(3), when deciding where to invest your end of year donations. Our two groups exist by charitable dollars given by you, our supporters.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Press Conference in support of a ban on all offshore oil drilling, including for existing leases. Social Compassion in Legislation and Laguna Beach welcomes Jane Fonda to help shine a spotlight on the detrimental effects of the oil industry on our coastal towns, environment, marine and wildlife, as well as our local economy.

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Still Need Your Help, Running Out of Time!

AB 416 CA Deforestation-free Procurement Act & AB 1282 CA Blood Bank Modernization Act. Both being scrutinized by the Governor’s staff on whether they recommend a signature or veto! Last call for your support. No time to lose!

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Laguna Beach Magazine

Still Need Your Help & Latest News!

September Issue of the Laguna Beach Magazine features our work! Still Need Your Help! AB 416 CA Deforestation-free Procurement Act & AB 1282 CA Blood Bank Modernization Act Both officially on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature!

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AB 1282 (Bloom/Wilk) Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act

Today, AB 1282 the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act, passed the full Senate with a unanimous vote. The bill, which was introduced earlier this year by authors Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D- Santa Monica) and Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) and led by Social Compassion in Legislation, aims to bring transparency and oversight to animal blood banks in California by allowing community blood banks and phasing out captive-closed colonies.

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CA Pet Blood Bank

Need Your Calls This Week!

AB 1282 (Bloom/Wilk), the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act, will have its fate determined by the Senate Appropriations Committee next Thursday, August 26th.

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Need Your Calls This Week!

AB 416(Kalra), the California Deforestation-free Procurement Act, will be voted on in the Senate Appropriations Committee this week.

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Please Make Two Calls and Save Dogs!

Need Your Help (Again)! AB 1282 (Bloom/Wilk), the Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act, will be voted on in the Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee next week.

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AB 416

Need Your Calls, Please Tune In Tomorrow, and AB 1282 Update

Need Your Calls!

AB 416 (Kalra) Deforestation-Free Procurement Act will be voted on in the Senate Governmental Organization Committee on Tuesday, July 6th at 9 a.m.

Please make two important calls to the
Chair and Vice Chair asking them to vote “YES” on AB 416!

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CANADA GOOSE COMMITS TO GO FUR FREE BY END OF 2022!

Social Compassion in Legislation and the entire animal rights community is thrilled with the announcement from Canada Goose that the company will cease buying fur by the end of this year and end the manufacturing of all products with fur by the end of 2022.

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Deforestation Act Passes

Breaking News! AB 416 Deforestation-Free Procurement Act and AB 1282 Blood Bank Modernization Act Pass the California State Assembly!

Today, AB 416 the Deforestation-Free Procurement Act passed the full Assembly with a preliminary vote of 47-18. Earlier this year, this bill was introduced by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) along with co-sponsors, Social Compassion in Legislation, Friends of the Earth, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Peace 4 Animals. The bill now moves to the Senate.

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Important Poll Results and Call to Action: Californians Overwhelmingly Support the Provisions of AB 416 (Kalra) the CA Deforestation-Free Procurement Act

Because of your generous support, this month, Social Compassion in Legislation was able to contract with Data Orbital, an A-rated national polling firm according to FiveThirtyEight, the polling aggregation website, to poll California registered voters on their level of concern with tropical and boreal deforestation and the State’s purchases that might contribute to deforestation. The poll showed that Democrat, Republican, and Independent/Decline to State voters are overwhelmingly concerned about our planet’s most important forests, showing broad bipartisan support!

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thank you for your support

Update on Bills: AB 416 (Kalra) Deforestation-Free Procurement Act & AB 1282 (Bloom/Wilk) Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act PASS APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE!

Sacramento, May 20, 2021 – Today, AB 416 and AB 1282 both passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 416, the California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act and AB 1282, the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act, will help save our planet’s most important forests and the lives of our beloved companion animals, respectively.

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AB 558

AB 558 (Nazarian) California School Plant-Based Food and Beverage Program

We are excited to announce that Assemblymember Nazarian has made a formal budget request to fund incentivizing schools to serve plant-based lunches and beverages.
Earlier this year, it was decided to make AB 558 into a two-year bill, meaning that the bill would not be heard in committee in 2021, but would be ready to move at the beginning of 2022.

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AB 1282

AB1282 Cleared It’s Second Committee Hearing Today

Today, AB 1282, the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act, passed the Assembly Agriculture Committee with a vote of 9-1. The bill, introduced earlier this year by authors California State Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D- Santa Monica) and Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) and led by Social Compassion in Legislation, aims to bring transparency and oversight to animal blood banks in California by allowing community blood banks and phasing out captive-closed colonies. It unanimously passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on April 20th.

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SCIL bill update

Latest News and Call to Action!

We appreciate the over three hundred of you signing up to send support letters and calling legislators to make your voices heard for the animals! Please continue to encourage your friends and family to sign up on our website to stay informed and lend their support. We are still at the beginning of a two year legislative session and have lots of work to do, and will need your continued support.

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AB 534 to Protect Endangered Sea Life

THE OPPOSITION IS NOISY, WE MUST MAKE NOISE TOO!

The opposition to our “breeder” and “whale” bills are super noisy and organized. This is why it is imperative that your voices are heard, and that legislators know that the vast majority of Californians want to protect animals.

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2021 SCIL Sponsored Bills

Good morning animal lovers! As you may have seen from our previous emails, Social Compassion in Legislation is sponsoring bills… more

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#GivingTuesday!

We invite you to consider Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), our 501(c)(4), or Social Compassion, our 501(c)(3), when deciding where… more

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Big News for SCIL!

We are thrilled to announce that our long-time friend, supporter, and attorney extraordinaire, Steven J. Bernheim, nominated and advocated for… more

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Updates and Action Alert!

Fish & Game Commission Vote to List Mountain Lions on California Endangered Species Act Coming Up! Information on Netflix docuseries… more

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