Chairman Young, Vice Chairman DeVitis, Ranking Member Lepore-Hagan, and members of the House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee, thank you for the opportunity to provide sponsor testimony on House Bill 433 . This bill, brought to Representative Brinkman and I by a constituent in Hamilton County, is a common sense approach to help the veterinarians in our state earn continuing education credit while helping to responsibly curb the issue of pet overpopulation.
The Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board currently require all veterinarians in the state to report thirty hours of continuing education biennially . These hours may be obtained by numerous ways including online courses, office policy development, journal articles or conferences so long as 20 hours are scientifically related to the practice of veterinary medicine and no more than 10 are non – scientific.
Our legislation would simply allow Ohio veterinarians to receive up to two hours of continuing education per renewal if the licensed veterinarian performs free spaying and neutering services. For every one hour of free spaying and neutering services that the licensed veterinarian performs, they shall receive one – half hour of continuing education credit so long as the services are provided at a practice or facility that is appropriately staffed and equipped for such services and is done in conjunction with either a county humane society, dog pound or non-profit.
A companion bill has already been introduced in the Senate due to rising interest amongst the veterinary and animal rights community to provide veterinarian’s incentives to volunteer their services. Although many believe veterinarians stand to gain substantial knowledge through their involvement in spay/neuter work, veterinarians would still be required to complete core continuing education requirements by the state.
While estimates on number of unwanted animals in the state are unavailable, the exponential reproductive rates of cats and dogs continues to outpace adoption rates. Many shelters in the state are continuously forced to use euthanasia as the only means to make room for new take ins. The Humane Society of the United States successfully lobbied for the passage of a similar bill in the state of New York in 2016 in hopes that these laws might ease this problem.
Representative Brinkman and I believe that House Bill 433 is an easy step to decreasing the unwanted pet population and the number of animals euthanized at Ohio shelters. I appreciate the chance to offer testimony on House Bill 433 and would be happy to answer any questions.
Thank you, Representatives Kelly and Brinkman, for sponsoring, and DanaMarie Pannella for writing, this important, common sense bill that aims to recognize, with continuing education units, the compassionate work veterinarians do to stem the explosive, population growth of cats and dogs!
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Follow SB 232, “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill on its path to victory for Ohio cats, dogs, & the people that love them!
1. SB 232 started with the idea of reducing the number of healthy and adoptable, shelter pets.
2. Senator Cecil Thomas (D), humane legislator, agreed to sponsor this bill.
3. DanaMarie Pannella, Esq., experienced, compassionate attorney, wrote SB 232.
4. Senator Thomas asked the other senators if they would like to co-sponsor his bill. Senators Schiavoni (D), Yuko (D), and Tavares (D) are now co-sponsors.
5. On November 14, 2017 the “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill was assigned a number, SB 232.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-232 (Read the bill here.)
6. On November 15, 2017, the bill was assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
7. This is where YOU come in. YOUR CALLS PUSH SB 232 forward in the process.
It’s always best to change the script a bit so that your message sounds fresh. You might comment with an original phrase about your feelings.You might say, “Good morning, Senator Hoagland, this is (your name), calling from (your city), an Ohio voter. — I’m very excited about SB 232, the “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill. I don’t see how anyone could oppose it because the bill gives veterinarians the option, not a mandate, to perform free spay-neuter in exchange for continuing education units.
It’s a win-win bill! I strongly urge you to call SB 232 to a sponsor hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee. – Thank you.”
Please PM me, Beth Sheehan, with your e-mail address to be placed on the “Animal Action Alerts!” list. I provide a sample script and contact information. Your call should take about 5 minutes.
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1. HB 226 – “Fireworks” aims to make higher grade fireworks more accessible
sponsors – Rep Bill Seitz (R), Rep Martin Sweeney (D)
cosponsors – Rep Bill Dean (R), Rep John Becker (R), Rep Andy Thompson (R), Rep Wesley Goodman (R), Rep Dick Stein (R), Rep Bill Reineke (R), Rep Louis Blessing (R), Rep Kyle Koehler (R)
Fireworks terrify many dogs. They panic and run away to get away from the explosions. Shelters fill up with lost dogs after July 4 each year.
Woodland animals flee and abandon their nests.
Ohio has 800,000 veterans. Veterans with PTSD, sadly, relive the trauma of war when they hear the thunder of fireworks.
Individuals with dementia and autism are frightened by the sounds.
120 Ohioans go to ER each year with injuries. They lose limbs and are blinded. Their homes are set on fire.
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-226 (Read the bill here)
status – PASSED OHIO HOUSE, 84-13 on 10/13/17
- http://www.dispatch.com/opinion/20170919/editorial-new-bill-is-bad-medicine (Dispatch – “Dangerous Fireworks Bill Should Fizzle”)
- http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171011/those-fireworks-youve-been-setting-off-may-finally-be-legal-in-ohio (Dispatch article)
2. HB 263 – “Pups on the Patio”, aims to allow dogs on outdoor patios of restaurants
sponsor – Rep Laura Lanese (R)
- Restaurant owner must agree. Patio must have its separate entrance. Dogs are not permitted on the chairs or tables. Dog clean-up bags will be available.
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-263 (Read the bill here)
3. HB 319 – “Shelter Dog as State Pet”
sponsor – Rep Laura Lanese (R)
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-3194 (Read the bill here)
4. HB 349 – “Increase Crime of Assaulting a Police or Search & Rescue – Dog or Horse “
sponsor – Rep Sarah LaTourette (R)
- Applies same penalities for assaulting or harassing search and rescue dogs and horses as police dogs and horses have
- Increases the penalty for assaulting a police dog or horse from a second degree misdemeanor to a fourth degree felony, a third degree felony if the animal suffers serious physical harm, and a second degree felony if the animal dies.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation? 2&pageSize=10&start=1&sort=LegislationNumber&dir=asc&statusCode&legislationNumber=349&legislationTypes=HB&generalAssemblies=132 (Read the bill here)
5. HB 433 – “Veterinary Spay-Neuter”
sponsors – Reps Tom Brinkman (R) and Brigid Kelly (D)
author – DanaMarie Pannella, Esq.
This House bill and its companion bill, SB 232 in the Senate, give Ohio veterinarians the OPTION (not mandate) of using 2 CEU’s for FOUR HOURS of FREE SPAY-NEUTER.
Status – sponsor testimony – Jan 23, 2018
Read Rep Brigid Kelly’s sponsor testimony at the link below for a clear understanding of the bill.
http://pawsandthelawblog.com (Read Rep Brigid Kelly’s sponsor testimony here)
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legis…/legislation-summary… (Read the bill here)
6. SB 195 – “Nuisance, Dangerous, and Vicious Dogs”
sponsor – Sen Bill Beagle
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA132-SB-195 (Read the bill here)
7. SB 232 – “Veterinary Spay-Neuter”
sponsor – Sen Cecil Thomas
cosponsors – Sens Charleta Tavares, Joe Schiavoni, Kenny Yuko
author – DanaMarie Pannella, Esq.
status – sponsor testimony – Jan 30, 2018
This Senate bill and its companion bill, HB 433, in the House, give Ohio veterinarians the OPTION (not mandate) of using 2 CEU’s for FOUR HOURS of FREE SPAY-NEUTER.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-232 (Read the bill here)
PUPPY MILL BALLOT INITIATIVE
- HSUS initiative
aims to increase the standard of care in the kennels of large-scale breeders
applies to breeders with eight or more unspayed females and annual sales of more than 15 dogs