FAQs: SB20-104 – Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents

FAQs: SB20-104 – Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents

Here at CVMA, we’re dedicated to working on behalf of veterinary professionals in Colorado to protect and advance the practice of veterinary medicine. Part of that important mission is  translating current bills in the Colorado State Legislature to help veterinarians understand how legislation might impact veterinary medicine or animal welfare in Colorado. Check out our FAQs below on CO SB20-104 – Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents.

FAQs: CO SB20-104 – Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents

What is the background on this bill?

This bill was introduced in the Colorado State Legislature on January 14, 2020. At a high level, the intent of the bill is to clarify the authority of Bureau of Animal Protection agents in circumstances of suspected animal cruelty.

Sponsors: Sen. Cooke (R-Weld); Rep. Roberts (D-Eagle, Routt)

What is the status of this bill?

This bill was passed on June 9, 2020 after the legislature resumed following a recess due to COVID-19. It is awaiting signature by the governor before it is enacted into law.

How does this legislation impact me as a veterinarian?

This bill has little direct impact on veterinarians; the larger impact is on animal welfare. It will grant express authority to Bureau of Animal Protection Agents to investigate animal cruelty and neglect cases, whereas previously there was some uncertainty about an agent’s ability to investigate these cases.

What was CVMA’s position on this bill?

CVMA actively tracked and monitored SB20-104 – Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents.

Where can I get more information about this new legislation?

You can read more about this legislation on the Colorado General Assembly website.

How can I get involved with CVMA’s legislative and advocacy efforts?

CVMA is always looking for members who want to get involved with helping craft CVMA’s position on bills and testify on behalf of CVMA at the legislature. Email CVMA CEO Diane Matt (dianematt@colovma.org) to find out how you can help.



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