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MICHIGAN Rabies Bill SB 118 ACTION ALERT

Postby Kris L. Christine » Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:49 am

MICHIGAN Rabies Bill SB 118 ACTION ALERT: Senator Rick Jones has introduced legislation which would lower to 3 months the age at which puppies in large-scale breeding facilities must have rabies vaccinations http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents ... B-0118.htm. The Rabies Challenge Fund is concerned about the health impact this would have on those puppies if this bill passes with this change in it and that it will lead to a law change requiring all Michigan puppies to be vaccinated against rabies at the age of 3 months instead of at 4 months as the dog laws currently require. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee for consideration.

What You Can Do to Help:

Contact the bill sponsors and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee and request that they delete the language in this bill which lowers the age at which puppies in large-scale breeding facilities to 3 months.

Bill Sponsors Contact Information:

Senator Rick Jones SenRJones@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-3447 fax: (517) 373-5849
Sen. Steve Bieda SenSBieda@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-8360 fax: (517) 373-9230
Sen. Tory Rocca SenTRocca@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-7315 fax: (517) 373-3126
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker SenTSchuitmaker@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-0793 fax: (517) 373-5607
Sen. Glenn S. Anderson SenGAnderson@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-1707 fax: (517) 373-3935
Sen. John Proos SenJProos@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-63960 fax: (517) 373-0897
Sen. Mike Kowall SenJKowall@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-1758 fax: (517) 373-0938
Sen. JohnPappageorge SenJPappageorge@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-2523 fax: (517) 373-5669
Sen. Jim Marleau jimmarleau@senate.michigan.gov (248) 724-2442 fax: (517) 373-2694

Senate Agriculture Committee Members Contact Information:

Senator Joe Hune, Chair SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-2420 fax: (517) 373-2764
Sen. Darwin L. Booher SenDBooher@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-1725 fax: (517) 373-0741
Sen. Judy K. Emmons SenJEmmons@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-3760 fax: (517) 373-8661
Sen. Goeff Hansen SenGHansen@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-1635 fax: (517) 373-3300
Sen. Virgil Smith senvsmith@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-7918 fax: (517) 373-5227
Committee clerk: mhart@senate.michigan.gov

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Below is my letter to Senators Jones and Hune on behalf of The Rabies Challenge Fund:

February 15, 2013

Senator Rick Jones Senator Joe Hune, Chair Agriculture Committee
State Capitol State Capitol
Fax: (517) 373-5849 Fax: (517) 373-2764
SenRJones@senate.michigan.gov SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov

RE: SB 118 to Amend dog Law 1919 PA 339 MCL 287.261-287.290

Greetings Senators Jones and Hune:

Senate Bill SB 118, which would lower the age at which puppies in large-scale breeding facilities must be vaccinated against rabies from 4 months to 3 months, will result in an increase the number of puppies who will fail to elicit a proper immune response to rabies as well as increase the likelihood of adverse reactions to the vaccine. This portion of the bill appears to address a non-existent problem in the canine community, as the data reported in the government summary maps of all rabies positive cases in Michigan illustrate: bats and skunks pose the major public health threat, not puppies under the age of 4 months.

Michigan’s summary maps indicate that over the 34 years from 1978 through 2012 there were 14 rabid dogs (no mention of puppies under 4 months of age), 16 rabid horses, 27 rabid cats, 128 rabid skunks, and 1,279 rabid bats. These data evidence the fact that this segment of current law requiring puppies to be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age is effectively controlling rabies in Michigan’s canine community amongst large-scale and small-scale breeders and does not need to be changed.

Lowering the age at which puppies, whether in litters of large-scale or small-scale breeders, are required to have their first rabies shot from 4 months to 3 months would be counterproductive. At the age of 3 months (12 weeks), puppies are finishing up their initial series of other vaccinations (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus). Mandating that these young animals be vaccinated against rabies at the same time will not only increase the likelihood of adverse reactions (some of which can be lethal), but also the probability that the vaccine components will interfere with each other and neutralize or negate the appropriate immunological response sought.

Augmenting the probability that rabies vaccination at 3 months may not be effective is the continued presence of maternal antibodies. According to the 2006 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines, the most common reason for vaccination failure is "the puppy has a sufficient amount of passively acquired maternal antibody (PAMA) to block the vaccine......" [1] They elaborate by reporting that at the ages of 14 to 16 weeks of age, "PAMA should be at a level that will not block active immunization in most puppies (>95%) when a reliable product is used." After the age of 16 weeks (4 months), the maternal antibodies are reduced to a level at which they should not reduce the rabies vaccine's effectiveness.

Vaccinating puppies at too young an age can be ineffective. Keeping in mind that rabies vaccines are “killed” vaccines, the 2003 American Animal Hospital Association's (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Guidelines reports on Page 17 that: "… when puppies are first vaccinated at 16 weeks (or more) of age (an age when passively acquired antibodies generally don't cause interference), … two doses of a killed vaccine, are adequate to stimulate an immune response." [2]

As it currently stands, the law requiring all puppies to be vaccinated at 4 months of age is and has been effective at controlling rabies in Michigan’s canine population. There is no epidemiological or scientific rationale for changing this portion of 1919 PA 339 MCL 287.261-287.290 and needlessly exposing any puppies to the potentially harmful, sometimes fatal, adverse side affects of the rabies vaccine prior to the age of 4 months.

On behalf of The Rabies Challenge Fund and the concerned Michigan dog owners who have requested our assistance, I strongly urge you to remove the section of this bill which would lower the required age of rabies vaccination for puppies in large-scale breeding facilities to 3 months.

Respectfully submitted,


Kris L. Christine

Founder, Co-Trustee
THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
www.RabiesChallengeFund.org
ledgespring@lincoln.midcoast.com

cc: Dr. W. Jean Dodds
Dr. Ronald Schultz
Michigan Legislature

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[1] American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force. 2006 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature, 28pp.

[2] American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force. 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature, 28pp.
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PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Waiver Bill SB 155

Postby Kris L. Christine » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:15 am

PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/bil ... =B&BN=0155 has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Please contact Committee Chair, Senator Jake Corman jcorman@pasen.gov (717) 787-1377 & committee members listed below & ask them to SUPPORT this bill so that it will go to the full Senate for a 3rd & final consideration: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cte ... CteeBody=S

Senate Appropriations Committee Members

Sen. Jake Corman, Chair jcorman@pasen.gov (717) 787-1377
Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, Minority Chair huges@pasenate.gov (717) 787-7112
Sen. Robert M. Tomlinson, Vice Chair rtomlinson@pasen.gov (717) 787-5072
Sen. Dominic Pileggi dpileggi@pasen.gov (717) 787-4712
Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati jscarnati@pasen.gov (717) 787-7084
Sen. David G. Argall dargall@pasen.gov (717) 787-2637
Sen. Lisa Baker@pasen.gov (717) 787-7428
Sen. Mike Brubaker mbrubaker@pasen.gov (717) 787-4420
Sen. John R. Gordner jgordner@pasen.gov (717) 787-8928
Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf sgreenleaf@pasen.gov (717) 787-6599
Sen. Bob Mensch bmensch@pasen.gov (717) 787-3110
Sen. John C. Rafferty, Jr.jrafferty@pasen.gov (717) 787-1398
Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker lsmucker@pasen.gov (717) 787-6535
Sen. Patricia H. Vance vance@pasen.gov (717) 787-8524
Sen. Elder A. Vogel, Jr. evogel@pasen.gov (717) 787-3076
Sen. Randy Vulakovich rvulakovich@pasen.gov (717) 787-6538
Sen. Michael L. Waugh mwaugh@pasen.gov (717) 787-3817
Sen. Jim Ferlo, Minority Vice Chair ferlo@pasen.gov (717) 787-6123
Sen. Jay Costa costa@pasenate.gov (717) 787-7683
Sen. John Blake senatorblake@pasenate.gov (717) 787-6481
Sen. Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr. lfarnese@pasen.gov (717) 787-5662
Sen. Judith L. Schwank SenatorSchwank@pasenate.gov (717) 787-8925
Sen. Timothy J. Solobay tsolobay@pasenate.gov (717) 787-1463
Sen. LeAnna M. Washington washington@pasenate.gov (717) 787-1427
Sen. John N. Wozniak wozniak@pasenate.gov (717) 787-5400
Sen. John T. Yudichak yudichak@pasenate.gov (717) 787-7105

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Re: RABIES Vaccine & Rabies Laws

Postby Kris L. Christine » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:15 am

CALIFORNIA RABIES BILL AB 272 seeking to lower the required age of vaccination for dogs from 16 weeks to 12 weeks will have a hearing 3/13/13 before the Assembly Agriculture Comittee http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... duced.html.

What You Can Do to Help:

Contact Committee Chair Susan Eggman assemblymember.eggman@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2013 & committee members below and ask them TO REJECT this bill.

California Agriculture Committee Members

Susan T. Eggman, Chair assemblymember.eggman@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2013
Kristen Olsen, Vice Chair assemblymember.olsen@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2012
Toni Atkins assemblymember.atkins@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2078
Brian Dahle assemblymember.dahle@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2001
Richard Pan assemblymember.pan@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2009
Bill Quirk assemblymember.quirk@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2020
Marioko Yamada assemblymember.yamada@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2020

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Re: RABIES Vaccine & Rabies Laws

Postby Kris L. Christine » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:15 am

CALIFORNIA RABIES BILL AB 272 seeking to lower the required age of vaccination for dogs from 16 weeks to 12 weeks will have a hearing 3/13/13 before the Assembly Agriculture Comittee http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... duced.html.

What You Can Do to Help:

Contact Committee Chair Susan Eggman assemblymember.eggman@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2013 & committee members below and ask them TO REJECT this bill.

California Agriculture Committee Members

Susan T. Eggman, Chair assemblymember.eggman@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2013
Kristen Olsen, Vice Chair assemblymember.olsen@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2012
Toni Atkins assemblymember.atkins@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2078
Brian Dahle assemblymember.dahle@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2001
Richard Pan assemblymember.pan@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2009
Bill Quirk assemblymember.quirk@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2020
Marioko Yamada assemblymember.yamada@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2020

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UPDATE California Rabies Bill AB 272

Postby Kris L. Christine » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:30 am

CALIFORNIA RABIES BILL AB 272 seeking to lower the required age of vaccination for dogs from 16 weeks to 12 weeks will have a hearing 3/13/13 before the Assembly Agriculture Comittee http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... duced.html.

What You Can Do to Help:

Contact Committee Chair Susan Eggman assemblymember.eggman@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2013 & committee members below and ask them TO REJECT this bill.

California Agriculture Committee Members

Susan T. Eggman, Chair assemblymember.eggman@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2013
Kristen Olsen, Vice Chair assemblymember.olsen@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2012
Toni Atkins assemblymember.atkins@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2078
Brian Dahle assemblymember.dahle@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2001
Richard Pan assemblymember.pan@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2009
Bill Quirk assemblymember.quirk@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2020
Marioko Yamada assemblymember.yamada@assembly.ca.gov (916) 319-2020

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NEW ORLEANS Passes 3 Year Rabies Ordinance

Postby Kris L. Christine » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:16 pm

NEW ORLEANS 3/7/13 City Council Passes Ordinance to Reduce Rabies Vaccinations from Annually to Once Every 3 Years http://nolacitycouncil.com/content/disp ... D34FDFE%7D
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URGENT CALIFORNIA AB 272 Alert

Postby Kris L. Christine » Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:42 pm

URGENT ACTION ALERT: CALIFORNIA AB 272, which would lower the age at which puppies must be vaccinated from four months to three months just passed the Assembly Agriculture Committee and has been assigned to the Assembly Appropriations Committee http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... _comm.html .

What You Can Do to Help:

Contact Appropriations Committee members Mike Gatto (Chair) (916) 319-2043 assemblymember.gatto@asm.ca.gov or staffer Kevin Liao Kevin.Liao@asm.ca.gov & Asm. Susan T. Eggman assemblymember.eggman@asm.ca.gov (916) 319-2013 or staffer Erin Flanner Erin.Flannery@asm.ca.gov & ask them to OPPOSE AB 272.

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Letter from The Rabies Challenge Fund to Assembly Members Gatto & Eggman is below. If you would like a copy of the e-mail correspondence between Dr. Karen Ehnert, Dr. Dodds and me, please send me a request at ledgespring@lincoln.midcoast.com & I will e-mail it to you.


(link to committee comments on AB 272 http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... _comm.html)

March 14, 2013

Assemblymember Mike Gatto, Chair Assemblymember Susan T. Eggman, Chair

RE: AB 272 An Act to Amend Section 121690 of the Health and Safety Code Relating to Rabies

Greetings Assemblymembers Gatto and Eggman :

There are some misrepresentations and inaccuracies relating to AB 272 which should be clarified before another vote is taken on this measure. On February 14, Dr. W. Jean Dodds, a California veterinarian, and Co-Trustee of the Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust, corrected and clarified this misinformation regarding AB 272 in an e-mail to the Acting Director of Veterinary Public Health, Dr. Karen Ehnert, but apparently this information was not conveyed to the bill sponsor or members of the Agriculture or Appropriations Committees (see attached e-mail), or it was disregarded.

The Agriculture Committee comments on AB 272 report that “California is the only state that sets a minimum age of four months for dogs rabies vaccination.” This statement is false. Only twelve (12) out of fifty (50) states require that dogs be vaccinated by 3 months (Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania) . Thirteen (13) states require that dogs be vaccinated by the age of 4 months (Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia); one (1) state (Wisconsin) requires vaccination by 5 months; and six (6) require vaccination by the age of 6 months (Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Tennessee, West Virginia), and twelve (12) refer to the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians’ Rabies Compendium which recommends that rabies vaccines should be administered according to the manufacturers’ labeled instructions. Rabies vaccine labels indicate that they may be given at 3 months, not that they must be. It is implied in the comments that the Compendium advises that puppies should or must be vaccinated at 3 months of age, which is not the case.

Merial’s IMRAB rabies vaccine labels indicate that they "can be administered to puppies as early as 3 months of age" and Pfizer’s Defensor rabies vaccine labels advise that they are for dogs and cats “3 months of age or older.” These instructions denote the minimum age at which it is safe to administer rabies vaccines (i.e., do not administer before 3 months of age) and not a minimum age at which they must be administered to be effective. Scientific data reflect that the later a puppy can be vaccinated, the more likely the vaccine will have the desired immunological response due to reduced interference of maternal antibodies, which are still present in 3 month old puppies. The 2011 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines reports that: "Because dogs older than 14-16 wk of age are not likely to have interfering levels of MDA [maternally derived antibodies], administration of a single initial dose of an infectious vaccine to an adult dog can be expected to induce a protective immune response. ..... MDA is the most common reason early vaccination fails to immunize." [1]

Contributing to the likelihood of failure to achieve a proper immune response to rabies vaccination at 3 months is that puppies are finishing up their initial vaccination series of distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus at 12 weeks (3 months) of age. Addition of a rabies vaccine into the mix will not only increase the possibility of adverse reactions, but also the probability that the vaccine components will interfere with each other and neutralize or negate an appropriate immunological response. [2] [3]

In her e-mailed message concerning AB 272 to Dr. Dodds and me, Dr. Ehnert wrote that: “to clarify, the one word change allows for dogs to be vaccinated at 3 months of age, but does not mandate it.This is a misrepresentation of the bill as worded and the committee summary declaring that “this bill changes, from four months to three months, the age at which a dog is required to be vaccinated against rabies." Addition of a clause such as "or previously vaccinated at the age of three months in another state or country with a rabies vaccine licensed by the USDA" to the current law requiring vaccination at four months would accomplish that goal without changing the mandated age of vaccination to three months.

Dr. Ehnert also explained that one of the reasons she has “pushed” for this change is she and the Health Officers Association “… want to give owners the opportunity to vaccinate puppies earlier when there is increased risk. The past two years we have seen a 4 -5 fold increase in bat rabies in LA County, with some areas being hot spots.” There has been no escalation in canine rabies corresponding to the increase in bat rabies, which according to the Department of Health’s Reported Animal Rabies, for Los Angeles County there were no cases of rabid dogs from 2010 through 2012, while there were 114 rabid bats (22 in 2010, 38 in 2011, and 54 in 2012—representing an increase of nearly 2.5 times instead of a 4-5 fold increase). Statewide, there have only been three cases of rabies in dogs since 2007, as opposed to 981 rabid bats and 147 rabid skunks for the same period, which evidences the fact that the current law requiring puppies to be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age is effective at controlling rabies in California’s canine community and does not need to be changed.

To address the concern over a rising increase in rabies in the bat population spilling over into the domestic pet population, Dr. Ehnert and other members of the Health Officers Association of California should request introduction of a bill requiring that all cats in California be vaccinated against rabies, as cats are reported to be 4 times as likely to be infected with rabies as dogs.[4] The Chair of the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control Committee, Dr. Catherine M. Brown, stated that “because more rabies cases are reported annually involving cats…than dogs, vaccination of cats should be required.”

As it currently stands, the law requiring puppies to be vaccinated at 4 months of age is and has been effective at controlling rabies in California’s canine population. There is no epidemiological or scientific rationale for changing this law and prematurely exposing puppies to the potentially harmful, sometimes fatal, adverse side affects of the rabies vaccine prior to the age of 4 months.

On behalf of The Rabies Challenge Fund, a registered California Charitable Trust, and the many concerned California pet owners who have requested our assistance, I strongly urge you to oppose passage of AB 272 as it is currently written.

Respectfully submitted,

Kris L. Christine
Founder, Co-Trustee
THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
http://www.RabiesChallengeFund.org
ledgespring@lincoln.midcoast.com

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Attachment: 1

cc: Dr. W. Jean Dodds
Dr. Ronald Schultz
Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
California Assembly
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[1] American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force. 2011 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature, p.12
[2] American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force. 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature, p.16
[3] Moore, et als., Adverse Events Diagnosed Within Three Days of Vaccine Administration in Dogs; Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association., Vol. 227, No. 7, October 1, 2005
[4] Blanton JD, et al. Rabies Surveillance in the United States During 2008. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2009; 235: 676-690.
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PENNSYLVANIA Waiver Bill SB 155 Vote on Monday 3/18/13

Postby Kris L. Christine » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:51 pm

PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=S&type=B&BN=0155 will be voted on by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, March 18th. Please contact Committee Chair, Senator Jake Corman jcorman@pasen.gov (717) 787-1377 & committee members listed below & ask them to SUPPORT this bill so that it will go to the full Senate for a 3rd & final consideration: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cte ... CteeBody=S

Senate Appropriations Committee Members

Sen. Jake Corman, Chair jcorman@pasen.gov (717) 787-1377
Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, Minority Chair hughes@pasenate.gov (717) 787-7112
Sen. Robert M. Tomlinson, Vice Chair rtomlinson@pasen.gov (717) 787-5072
Sen. Dominic Pileggi dpileggi@pasen.gov (717) 787-4712
Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati jscarnati@pasen.gov (717) 787-7084
Sen. David G. Argall dargall@pasen.gov (717) 787-2637
Sen. Lisa Baker baker@pasen.gov (717) 787-7428
Sen. Mike Brubaker mbrubaker@pasen.gov (717) 787-4420
Sen. John R. Gordner jgordner@pasen.gov (717) 787-8928

Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf sgreenleaf@pasen.gov (717) 787-6599
Sen. Bob Mensch bmensch@pasen.gov (717) 787-3110
Sen. John C. Rafferty, jrafferty@pasen.gov (717) 787-1398

Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker lsmucker@pasen.gov (717) 787-6535
Sen. Patricia H. Vance vance@pasen.gov (717) 787-8524
Sen. Elder A. Vogel, Jr. evogel@pasen.gov (717) 787-3076
Sen. Randy Vulakovich rvulakovich@pasen.gov (717) 787-6538
Sen. Michael L. Waugh mwaugh@pasen.gov (717) 787-3817
Sen. Jim Ferlo, Minority Vice Chair ferlo@pasen.gov (717) 787-6123
Sen. Jay Costa costa@pasenate.gov (717) 787-7683
Sen. John Blake senatorblake@pasenate.gov (717) 787-6481
Sen. Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr. lfarnese@pasen.gov (717) 787-5662
Sen. Judith L. Schwank SenatorSchwank@pasenate.gov (717) 787-8925
Sen. Timothy J. Solobay tsolobay@pasenate.gov (717) 787-1463
Sen. LeAnna M. Washington washington@pasenate.gov (717) 787-1427
Sen. John N. Wozniak wozniak@pasenate.gov (717) 787-5400
Sen. John T. Yudichak yudichak@pasenate.gov (717) 787-7105

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Alert: CALIFORNIA AB 272

Postby Kris L. Christine » Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:15 pm

URGENT ACTION ALERT: CALIFORNIA AB 272, which would lower the age at which puppies must be vaccinated from four months to three months will be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday April 10th http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... tatus.html

Please contact Appropriations Committee Chair Mike Gatto (916) 319-2043 assemblymember.gatto@asm.ca.gov & ask the committee to OPPOSE AB 272.
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Dr. Dodds' Interview on AB 272

Postby Kris L. Christine » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:47 pm

Dr. W. Jean Dodds' Interview with Dr. Karen Becker on California AB 272 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZzmVtfzO08
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Postby Kris L. Christine » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:53 pm

Pennsylvania Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 UNANIMOUSLY passed the full Senate today (4/8/13) & will go to the House for consideration next http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/bill_history.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=S&type=B&bn=155 .
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URGENT California AB 272 TODAY

Postby Kris L. Christine » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:21 am

URGENT CALIFORNIA AB 272, lowering the age at which puppies must be vaccinated against rabies from 4 to 3 months will have 2nd full House consideration TODAY. Contact your legislators & tell them to OPPOSE AB 272 http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.

Unfortunately, Appropriations unanimously passed this yesterday, despite the bill summary http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... _comm.html indicating that, as currently worded, it will not accomplish the authors' stated goals. California Assembly calendar for today ftp://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/dailyfi ... mbly_floor .

Dr. W. Jean Dodds' video interview with Dr. Karen Becker on California AB 272 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZzmVtfzO08 .
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PENNSYLVANIA Waiver Bill SB 155

Postby Kris L. Christine » Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:50 am

PENNSYLVANIA Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/bil ... =B&BN=0155 after passing the full Senate. Please contact Chairs JohnMaher, (717) 783-1522 jmaher@pahousegop.com, Joseph A. Petrarca (717) 787-5142 jpetrarc@pahouse.net , and members below and ask the Committee to SUPPORT SB 155.

Pennsylvania House Agriculture Committee Members

JohnMaher, Chair (717) 783-1522 jmaher@pahousegop.com
Joseph A. Petrarca Co-Chair (717) 787-5142 jpetrarc@pahouse.net
Mindy Fee (717) 772-5290 mfee@pahousegop.com
Mike Reese (717) 783-9311 Mreese@pahousegop.com
Stephen Bloom (717) 772-2280 sbloom@pahousegop.com
Michele Brooks (717) 783-5008 mbrooks@pahousegop.com
Gordon Denlinger (717) 787-3531 gdenling@pahousegop.com
Joe Emrick (717) 260-6159 Jemrick@pahousegop.com
Mikie Fleck (717) 787-3335 mfleck@pahousegop.com
Marcia Hahn (717) 783-8573 mhahn@pahousegop.com
David Hickernell (717) 783-2076 Dhickern@pahousegop.com
Rob Kauffman (717) 705-2004 rkauffma@pahousegop.com
Mark Keller (717) 783-1593 mkeller@pahousegop.com
David Millard (717) 783-1102 dmillard@pahousegop.com
Dan Moul (717) 783-5217 dmoul@pahousegop.com
Mike Tobash (717) 260-6148 mtobash@pahousegop.com
Deberah Kula (717) 772-1858 DKuhla@pahouse.net
Brandon Neuman (717) 783-4834 BNeuman@pahouse.net
Scott Conklin (717) 787-9473 SConklin@pahouse.net
Pamela DeLissio (717) 783-4945 PDelissi@pahouse.net
Sid Michaels Kavulich (717) 783-4874 SKavulic@pahouse.net
Rick Mirabito (717) 772-1314 RMirabit@pahouse.net
Mark Painter (717) 783-4073 MPainter@pahouse.net
Mark Rozzi (717) 783-3290 MRozzi@pahouse.net
Jake Wheatley, Jr. (717) 783-3783 JWheatle@pahouse.net
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CALIFORNIA AB 272 Vote MONDAY

Postby Kris L. Christine » Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:56 am

CALIFORNIA AB 272, lowering the age at which puppies must be vaccinated against rabies from 4 to 3 months will have its 2nd full House vote Monday April 15. Please contact your legislators & tell them to OPPOSE AB 272 http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.

Assembly Calender for Monday April 15th ftp://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/dailyfi ... mbly_floor
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CALIFORNIA AB 272 Contact Your Legislators

Postby Kris L. Christine » Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:07 am

URGENT ALERT: California Rabies Bill AB 272 http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bil ... sm_v97.pdf, which seeks to lower the age at which dogs must be vaccinated from 4 months to 3 months, will soon be scheduled for a final Assembly vote, and if passed, it will move on to the Senate. Prior Assembly votes supporting AB 272 are baffling as all 4 Assembly analyses (three of which contain inaccurate information on state rabies laws) indicate AB 272 will NOT accomplish the stated goals of its sponsors, the Health Officers Association of California.

Lowering the required age of rabies vaccination to 3 months increases the likelihood of adverse vaccine reactions as well as failure to immunize due to residual maternal antibodies and interference from other puppy vaccines given at 3 months. There is significant opposition to AB 272 from The Rabies Challenge Fund, The California Federation of Dog Clubs, dog organizations, veterinarians, and private individuals.

What You Can Do to Help

Contact your Assemblymembers and Senator, by phone or e-mail, (click here to find your Legislators http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislato ... lator.html) and ask them to OPPOSE Rabies Bill AB 272.

Dr. Dodds' Interview on AB 272 with Dr. Karen Becker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZzmVtfzO08 .
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