10 Mar 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)
How would this legislation impact me as a veterinarian?
If passed, this bill has little direct impact on veterinarians; the larger impact is on animal welfare. It would grant express authority to Bureau of Animal Protection Agents to investigate animal cruelty and neglect cases, whereas currently there is some uncertainty about an agent’s ability to “investigate” these cases.
What is CVMA’s position on this bill?
CVMA is currently monitoring SB20-104 – Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents.
How is CVMA working at the state capitol regarding this bill?
CVMA plans to attend hearings at the state capitol on this bill.
Where can I go to get status updates on where the bill is currently in the legislative process?
Visit the CVMA bill tracker to see more details on this bill, including the full text, current status, and associated documents.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out how you can help.