Legislative

2020 Legislative session ends on time

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The Washington State Legislature adjourned as scheduled on March 12 after a 60-day session.  In the final days prior to adjournment the legislature was able to pass supplemental operating, transportation and capital budgets.  They appropriated $200 million in resources from the state rainy day account for response to the Covid-19 impacts. They also addressed the Boeing WTO issue, by increasing the B&O tax on Boeing to respond to issues presented in the WTO challenge. The Washington State Research Council notes that...

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Legislation amends last year’s complex B&O tax increase to fund higher education

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In 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a complex plan to tax businesses in order to make higher education more affordable. The legislation that passed increased the Business and Occupation (B&O) tax from 1.5% to 1.8%. But after discovering it might not cover the cost from lowering tuition, and because it would be more difficult to collect, the Legislature last week passed a new bill designed to streamline the three-tier system and set a uniform tax rate for most...

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State-by-State – Legislative agendas focus on prohibiting procedures, unlicensed activity

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Several states are considering prohibitions on declawing, devocalization, ear cropping and tail docking. Arizona's HB 2537, Maryland's HB 445, and West Virginia's HB 2119 would prohibit declawing. New Hampshire's HB 1683 would prohibit declawing, along with ear cropping, tail docking, declaw removal and devocalization. New Jersey's A 1087 and S 920 and Rhode Island's HB 7342 would prohibit declawing while NJ A 1211 would end ear cropping and tail docking. Hawaii's HB 2163 and Washington's HB 2317 and SB 6300...

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Washington Legislature convenes and includes mandatory suicide prevention training

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The Washington State Legislature convened on Monday, January 13 for a 60-day legislative session. By the end of the first week, almost 1,000 bills have been introduced for consideration. The focus of the first three weeks will be consideration of these bills in the policy committees. Included in the introduced bills are: HB 2411 - Suicide prevention training Last month, the WSVMA was contacted by Rep. Tina Orwall (D-33rd) who expressed her concern about the mental wellbeing of veterinarians and voiced her...

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State by state legislative activities

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The State Legislative Update for November 2019 includes select summaries tracked by the AVMA Division of State Advocacy between mid-October and mid-November. For more information on bills and regulations, please see our full listing or contact AVMA. Oregon proposes veterinary telemedicine (VTM) regulations Oregon proposes two regulations that define an exception to a veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) for the provision of veterinary telemedicine (VTM) and establish minimum standards for the practice of veterinary telemedicine. One of the proposed VTM regulations specifies that VTM...

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A proliferation of legislation focused on professional certification and licensure across the states

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To help protect veterinary medicine from harmful legislation, the AVMA is actively engaged with national coalitions focused on professional certification and licensure legislation at both the federal and state levels. As needed, the AVMA acts on Capitol Hill and weighs in when requested by our partners in the states. While veterinary medicine is just one of the 60 occupations licensed in every state, and veterinary technologists and technicians are licensed in at least 30 states, there are 1,100 occupations licensed by...

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Modernizing the Livestock Inspection Program – New law for WSDA’s brand program goes into effect this summer

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In April, Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation intended to restore financial solvency to our Livestock Inspection Program (LID). The program, which has roots dating back to the 1860s, is entirely funded by fees paid by the livestock industry and receives no state general fund dollars. But in recent years, the program has been in financial crisis. The inspection fees it relies on are set in statute and had not been adjusted since 2006. Over time, rising costs outpaced fee revenue. The livestock industry...

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New opioid bill signed into law

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A sweeping new opioid bill passed the Legislature and was signed by the Governor on May 8. The legislation outlines a comprehensive, statewide approach to treating and preventing opioid use disorder by addressing prevention, education, treatment and swift responses to overdoses. SSB 5380 modifies the protocols for using medications to treat opioid use disorder and requires prescribers to counsel patients on the risks of opioids. The legislation also establishes new reporting requirements for the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and extends...

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2019 Washington State Legislature adjourns Sine Die – B&O tax increased

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The Washington State Legislature adjourned, on time, at midnight Sunday April 28, after passing a number of policy and tax bills in the final hours. This was the first on-time adjournment of a budget session in years. State spending will increase by nearly $8 billion from the previous two-year budget. The 17.5% increase in state spending is one of the largest increases in the last 25 years and comes on the heels of double-digit growth in the previous two budgets. The overall...

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Success! WSVMA’s HEAL-WA legislation signed by the Governor: Members to have access to extensive online resource library

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Veterinarians in private practice generally don’t have access to large collections of journals similar to human physicians and as a result, they rely on textbooks, conferences and online discussion forums like VIN for new information. Well, all that’s about to change. Today at 11 am, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 5000, WSVMA’s legislation to add veterinarians and veterinary technicians to the HEAL-WA online resource library for Washington’s health professionals. HEAL-WA is the affordable online database of current,...

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