05 May Colorado Veterinary Practice Act passes out of legislature, goes to Governor for signature
On to the Governor! On Thursday, May 5, the Veterinary Practice Act (HB 22-1235) Sunset Continue Regulation of Veterinary Practice, passed the third reading in the Colorado Senate, and began the last leg of its journey by moving to the Governor for signature.
Three highly respected, thoughtful, and dedicated legislators have been working with CVMA to guide HB22-1235 through the 2022 legislative session. We invite Colorado veterinarians to extend warm thanks to these elected leaders.
CVMA is very appreciative for the House of Representatives leadership of our prime sponsors Rep. Karen McCormick, DVM, who represents District 11 in Boulder County, and Rep. Marc Catlin, who represents District 58, including Dolores, Montezuma, Montrose, and San Miguel counties.
In the Senate, CVMA appreciates working with prime sponsor Sen. Joann Ginal, who represents District 14 in Larimer County.
CVMA is quite pleased that HB22-1235 was approved this week, before the extremely busy last few days of the legislative session that ends on Wednesday, May 11. This week, the bill passed three final hearings (out of some fourteen total hearings) — the Senate Appropriations Committee, and on the floor of the Senate for 2nd and 3rd readings. Listen to clips of the April 8, 2022 House Second Reading, and the May 4, 2022 Senate Second Reading.
The bill now goes to Governor Polis for signature. After the bill is signed, we will update with next steps and when it will take effect.