Saturday, August 29, 2009

SB 250 Update

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The votes were posted for yesterday’s Assembly Appropriations Committee hearing of SB 250. Contrary to what the Chair indicated, the final tally was not a simple party line vote.

Assemblymember Charles Calderon (D-Montebello) voted NO.
Assemblymembers Isadore Hall (D-Compton) and Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles) are listed as abstained, not voting, or absent.

Had nothing else changed, SB 250 would have died yesterday because it would have lacked the necessary number of YES votes. But a last minute addition of Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) to the Appropriations Committee gave SB 250 the final YES vote it needed to pass.

The Chair indicated that amendments would be made to SB 250 to exempt rescue dogs (presumably means SAR dogs), herding dogs, guide dogs, and hunting dogs.

SB 250 now goes to the full Assembly for a vote. Since it is being amended, if SB 250 passes the Assembly it will have to go back to the Senate for a concurrence vote. Both of these steps must be complete by September 11. Since we have two more opportunities to defeat SB 250, each of us needs to contact our own senator and assemblymember and ask them to vote NO. Our
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1 comment:

Geraldine Clarke said...

This assumes that Florez will actually make the amendments. He promised Senator Pavely and others that he would amend it to address some of their concerns to get their votes to get it out of the Senate but he never did so (because that would mean it would have to go back to the Senate for another vote.) He may not make those changes so we may have only one more chance to stop it. Florez has repeatedly ignored the normal rules throughout this whole process.