2008 California SB 1584 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-20), former Los Angeles City Council member, was one of the few animal bills to squeak through in the chaotic 2008 legislative session after gaining support of both the Veterinary Medical Board and the California Veterinary Medical Association and despite partisan opposition based on fiscal concerns.  The billl required(among other things) the VMB to create a Multidisciplinary Committee which is just now getting started and will hold its first meeting on August 25-26 to consider inspection, enforcement and other issues of requirements imposed by SB 1584.  The committee members are 3 vets – Dr. William Grant, II, Dr. Richard Johnson and Dr. Jon Klingborg (small animal practitioner from Merced, son of Dr. Don Klingborg of UC Davis), one Registered Veterinary Technician, Jennifer Boyle, RVT, one Public Member, Diana Woodward Hagle and VMB Board President, Linda Starr as Liason to the VMB. 

Business and Professions Code Section 4809.8 (added by SB 1584): 
   4809.8.  (a) The board shall appoint a voluntary, advisory multidisciplinary committee to assist, advise, and make recommendations for the implementation of rules and regulations necessary to ensure proper administration and enforcement of this chapter. Members of the committee shall be appointed from lists of nominees solicited by the board. The committee shall consist of no more than nine members.
   (b) The committee shall be subject to the requirements of Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
   (c) Committee members shall receive a per diem as provided in Section 103 and shall be compensated for their actual travel expenses in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Personnel Administration.
   (d) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2011, and as of January 1, 2012, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2012, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed. The repeal of this section renders the committee subject to the review required by Division 1.2 (commencing with Section 473).

For SB 1584 details, see our 2008 California Bill Tracking page at



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