The OVMA testified today in support of newly proposed Ohio Department of Agriculture rules that would regulate high-volume commercial dog breeders in Ohio. [Download a PDF of the complete testimony] The proposed rules implement the provisions of Senate Bill 130 and were put together through a variety of open meetings among interested parties. A subsequent review and approval by the Commercial Dog Breeders Advisory Board, which has three DVMs in its composition, followed.
Today’s administrative hearing will be followed in the near future with a hearing before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).
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COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 6, 2013 – In response to the new state budget bill, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) Executive Director Jack Advent will testify today against the addition of a sales tax to veterinary services. Previously exempt, veterinarians, along with many other service providers, now face charging sales tax to their clients if the bill passes.
The Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 310, the dangerous and wild animal bill, Tuesday afternoon by an 87-9 vote. The Senate subsequently concurred in House amendments in its session yesterday, sending the bill to Gov. Kasich for signature. The law will go into effect 90 days after being signed, and 60 days after that, owners of species of wild and dangerous animals and dangerous snakes will be required to register with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
After incorporating several amendments, SB 310 passed out of House Agriculture Committee last night by a 17-4 vote (Boose, Buchy, Damschroder, and Hagan).
- Lower registration fees
- Creating an wild animal emergency response commission
- Allowing for municipal ordinances to adopt stricter regulations than the state
- Prohibiting the ODA Director from adding additional animals to the list in the future without the approval of the Ohio General Assembly
- Stipulating that owners of pygmy, white-tufted-ear, silvery and black penciled marmosets; squirrel monkeys; brown, white-faced, weeping and white-fronted capuchins; and lemurs must register their animal and abide by care guidelines. They would not be subject to fees or any other prohibitions or provisions of the bill including new ownership of the same.
The full House is expected to act on the bill next week, after which it will be sent to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.
VICIOUS DOG (Sears, B.) To remove pit bulls from the definition of “vicious dog” in state law, to establish a process by which owners, keepers, or harborers of dogs that have been designated as nuisance, dangerous, or vicious may appeal that designation, to define a “nuisance dog,” to change the definitions of a “dangerous dog” and a “vicious dog,” to require the owner of a dangerous dog to obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate, to prohibit certain felons from owning dogs under certain conditions, and to change the penalties involving ownership of nuisance, dangerous, and vicious dogs.
Signed: February 21, 2012; Effective: in 90 days
Federal legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives which would significantly impact prescribing practices of veterinarians. H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, was introduced by Rep. Jim Matheson (UT-2) and Rep. Lee Terry (NE-2) on April 6th and referred to the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee.
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After multiple hearings and re-writes, Senate Bill 95 is expected to be voted on by the Ohio Senate next week. OVMA Legislative Chair and Second Vice President Dr. Patricia Haines testified on the commercial breeding regulation bill Wednesday morning. The latest version of the bill contains a number of the previous recommendations made by OVMA and other groups.
While generally supportive of the bill, OVMA has raised concerns with the nature of some of the housing and care standards outlined in the bill. Efforts to address these remaining issues continue.
Click to read the full amended text of SB 95.
Legislation defining the operational aspects of the new Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board has passed the Ohio General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Strickland on March 31. The proposal, House Bill 414, outlines in more detail the provisions approved last November by Ohio voters in establishing a Livestock Care Standards Board.