Saturday, May 9, 2009



UPDATE: The latest set of amendments have been published, and will likely be considered at the hearing on Monday, May 11th. Click here to read the most updated version of SB 250, which we still oppose. CLICK HERE to read the NAIA letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee outlining our reasons for opposing mandatory spay neuter in California, backed up by carefully gathered statistical evidence. We are asking you to help stop SB 250, the legislative cousin of AB 1634 which attempted to mandate spay/neuter last session. You can weigh in before the hearing by phoning or faxing the Committee (contact information listed below) with your concerns. Last week, SB 250 passed the Senate Local Government Committee on a vote of 3-1 with amendments that did not address our core concerns about the bill. It is now due for a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, May 11th. Originally, it was on the agenda for May 4th, but the author requested it be moved to the later date. Click here to view the latest version of SB 250, as amended by the Senate Local Government Committee. SB 250 still mandates spay/neuter for dogs and cats if they are at-large, if they are not licensed or if they violate local animal ordinances - even for the first offense. Please use the talking points below to send a friendly, informative email to your State Senator, warning them of the unintended consequences that SB 250 carries with it. During a time of budget crisis and the need to focus on more immediate priorities, urge them not to waste precious time -- and taxpayer money -- on misguided concepts that have been rejected in past sessions. Constituent contact is by far the most valuable, so your email has the power to speak for thousands of other NAIA members who do not have a Senator on the committee. If you are not the constituent of a Senator on the Committee, you can still fax or call the committee with your opinion using the contact information below. PLEASE ALSO PLAN TO ATTEND THE HEARING on May 11th in Sacramento. We need the voices of responsible animal owners to be well represented!! Click here to find out who your Senator is. Please CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION on behalf of California pets and pet owners! Senate Appropriations Committee Members Senator Christine Keho, Chair, D-39 State Capitol, Room 5050 Phone: (916) 651-4039 Fax: (916) 327-2188 Senator David Cox, Vice-Chair, R-1 State Capitol, Room 2068 Phone: (916) 651-4001 Fax: (916) 324-2680 Senator Ellen Corbett, D-10 State Capitol, Room 5108 Phone:(916) 651-4010 Fax: (916) 327-2433 Senator Jeff Denham, R-12 State Capitol, Room 3076 Phone: (916) 651-4012 Fax: (916) 445-0773 Senator Mark DeSaulnier, D-7 State Capitol, Room 2054 Phone: (916) 651-4007 Fax: (916) 445-2527 Senator Loni Hancock, D-9 State Capitol, Room 3092 Phone: (916) 651-4009 Fax: (916) 327-1997 Senator Mark Leno, D-3 State Capitol, Room 4061 Phone: (916) 651-4003 Fax: 916 445-4722 Senator Jenny Oropeza, D-28 State Capitol, Room 5114 Phone: (916) 651-4028 Fax: (916) 323-6056 Senator George Runner, R-17 State Capitol, Room 4090 Phone: (916) 651-4017 Fax: (916) 445-4662 Senator Mimi Walters, R-33 State Capitol, Room 3082 Phone: (916) 651-4033 Fax: (916) 445-9754 Senator Lois Wolk, D-5 State Capitol, Room 4032 Phone: (916) 651-4005 Fax: (916) 323-2304 Senator Mark Wyland, R-38 State Capitol, Room 4048 Phone: (916) 651-4038 Fax: (916) 446-7382 Senator Leland Yee, D-8 State Capitol, Room 4074 Phone: (916) 651-4008 Fax: (916) 377-2186

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