Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 at 4:56 pm in Uncategorized.
Got something to say about AB 1634, the proposed law that would require you to get your dog or cat fixed? Judging from the volume of calls and email he’s received about the bill, state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, thinks you might.
Simitian sits on the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, which is expected to hear the bill sometime in the next few weeks. According to his staff, he’s gotten more than 100 emails and dozens of phone calls and letters on the matter. Some 15 to 20 constituents also brought it up during his recent “sidewalk office hours.”
To give his constituents of the human type (unlike the ones shown below) a chance to voice their perspective on the bill – and give his inbox a reprieve – Simitian will hold a public forum in Palo Alto on June 23.
“A lot of folks in my district have reached out to my office about AB 1634,” Simitian said in a statement. “I want to give my constituents a forum where they can share their perspectives with me.”
The California Healthy Pets Act, sponsored by state Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, would prohibit anyone from owning a cat or dog over the age of four months that has not been spayed or neutered, unless that person has a permit to keep their pet intact. Registered purebreds, certain classes of guide and service dogs, law enforcement dogs, and animals too old or sick to undergo the procedure would be exempted. Fines would be used to fund low-cost spay and neuter programs.
The bill was passed by the Assembly a week ago.
The forum will start with invited speakers delivering prepared remarks in support of and opposition to the bill. The floor will then be opened to public comments, where each speaker will have up to two minutes to present.
The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Palo Alto City Hall Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue. To RSVP or for further information, call Simitian’s district office at (650) 688-6384 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with “RSVP to AB1634 Forum” in the subject line. Include your name, address and phone number.
Per the policy of the City of Palo Alto, only service animals are allowed inside City Hall. Woof!