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CA Senate Bill 250 Fails Initial Vote - Thank Your Legislators!

(Wednesday, September 09, 2009)

California Senate Bill 250 failed on the Assembly Floor 28-42. Forty-one votes were needed for passage, meaning Senator Florez needs 13 additional votes to pass SB 250. The bill was noticed for Reconsideration today which requires 41 votes to pass. Then the bill could be taken up for another vote prior to the close of session this Friday. If your Assemblymember voted No or Abstained, please thank him or her for their support and ask for their continued opposition to SB 250.

The "No" votes were as follows: Democrats –Block, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles Calderon, Chesbro, Davis, Evans, Furutani, Huber, John A. Perez, V. Manuel Perez, Salas, Silva, Skinner, Swanson, Torres and Yamada. Republicans – Anderson, Tom Berryhill, Blakeslee, Conway, DeVore, Duvall, Emmerson, Fletcher, Fuller, Gaines, Garrick, Gilmore, Hagman, Harkey, Jeffries, Knight, Logue, Miller, Nestande, Niello, Nielsen, Smyth, Audra Strickland, Tran and Villines.

The "Absent/Abstentions" were as follows: Democrats- Galgiani, Hall, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Monning and Saldana. Republicans –Adams, Bill Berryhill and Cook.

The "Yes" votes were as follows: Democrats- Ammiano, Arambula, Bass, Beall, Blumenfield, Brownley, Carter, Coto. De La Torre, De Leon, Eng, Feuer, Fong, Fuentes, Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill, Huffman, Jones, Krekorian, Lieu, Mendoza, Nava, Portantino, Ruskin, Solorio, Torlakson and Torrico.

AKC extends a sincere thanks and congratulations to all the fanciers, concerned dog owners, breeders, federations and clubs who worked to defeat this legislation. While the battle is not yet over, it is clear that the educational efforts have paid off and that legislators have seen that SB 250 will negatively impact responsible owners and will not improve animal control in California.