Legislative

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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Bill regulating non-compete agreements passed by WA legislature, awaits Governor’s signature

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  A bill passed the Washington Legislature last week that will impose significant new restrictions on non-compete agreements between employers and employees. Governor Inslee is expected to sign the bill in the coming weeks. Non-competition covenants against employees will potentially be void in the state of Washington unless certain standards are met. The following restrictions are included in the legislation: Employers must disclose terms of non-compete agreements in writing no later than the employment offer’s acceptance, and if enforceable later due to...

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Veterinary Services at humane societies bill signed into law

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Governor Jay Inslee signed into law today Senate Bill (SB) 5004, legislation that grants humane societies and animal control agencies the ability to provide full veterinary services to low-income pet owners. Passage of the bill followed a year-long process of meetings between WSVMA and bill proponents from Southwest Humane Society in Vancouver and the Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies. WSVMA supported the legislation. In addition to granting shelter organizations the ability to provide full veterinary services, the legislation...

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Frequently asked questions about the humane society legislation

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The Humane Society legislation from 2018 has been amended and is back before the legislature for consideration. Senate Bill (SB) 5004, if passed, will allow humane societies to provide full veterinary services to low income pet owners. During the 2018 legislative session, the WSVMA asked the Senate Healthcare Committee to not act on the bill so that the WSVMA could hear from our members and have the opportunity to meet with the bill proponents. The Committee agreed as long as we...

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