- THIS IMPORTANT BILL WILL PROHIBIT CALIFORNIA LANDLORDS FROM REQUIRING TENANTS TO DECLAW THEIR CATS OR DEBARK THEIR DOGS
For a sample letter and more information on the bill, you can visit the Paw Project website at: http://www.pawproject.com/html/what.asp
Please write before Senate floor vote which could be as early as June 21. This bill is needed, not only in California, but also to set precedence in other states where it is a VERY Common requirement to rent an apartment to require new tenants to have their cats declawed on 2 or all 4 paws or debark their dogs. We are lucky in California that this bill is supported by the Apartment Association. If you are a landlord , please specify that in your letter. Everyone's letters and efforts will really help.
This bill was doing really well. It passed in the California Assembly with a 63-7 vote but last week the California Veterinary Medical Association raised their efforts to block the passing of this bill by using $$$$$ and lobbyists, The measure narrowly passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 3-2 vote, and could be voted on by the full Senate as early as the week of June 21. This Monday.
The full text of AB 2743 is available at this link: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/asm/ab_2701-2750/ab_2743_bill_20100607_amended_sen_v95.pdf
PLEASE write letters to state senators (find your senator at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html)
YOUR SUPPORT will be helpful because the California Veterinary Medical Association is lobbying very hard to kill the bill. CVMA is making the rounds of legislators¹ offices and making its views known to the Governor. It has also sent out an alert to its members stating that it is "strongly opposed" to the bill and urging its members to send letters of opposition to their state senators and to the Governor.
The CVMA is powerful because many legislators automatically support the position held by a trade or business association. Therefore, letters coming in from across the state strongly in support of the law will be necessary. Please inform as many people and rescue groups as possible.