James Quigg / Victor Valley Daily Press file, 2012

Cats in animal shelters (not "pounds") might be "humanely euthanized" (not "destroyed") if AB 1045 passes.

The Buzz: Bill to soften language on animal control; funding expected for business filing backlog

Published: Monday, Mar. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Bill would soften language on humane animal control

No more "killing" of stray animals. No more "destroying" them, either.

New legislation would strike those words from California state law, requiring instead that animals be "humanely euthanized" if they are sick, stray or abandoned and an owner can't be found.

Assembly Bill 1045, by Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield of Woodland Hills, would not alter the animals' fate but would change how the state describes it.

Though the measure revises only a few words, it's 23 pages long because the words appear in multiple laws.

The purpose of the bill, said Blumenfield spokesman Anthony Matthews, is to "establish a more enlightened and humane law to guide animal control."

Among other things, the measure would replace the notion of "unwanted" animals with "surrendered" ones, housed in public facilities.

But don't call them "pounds." AB 1045 would replace that word, too.

With the term "animal shelters."

AT THE CAPITOL

Look for the Assembly today to vote to send $2 million ASAP to Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office for extra help to work down a six-week back- log of business filings. Then look for Assembly Democrats to stand with statewide business representatives to praise the quick action and discuss the possibility of more money to keep the backlog in check.

WORTH REPEATING

"He may be a very thoughtful, analytical and totally unbiased individual. I don't think that you can presume, just because he was a supporter of Obama's and the attorney general's, that he's going to be otherwise."

ANN RAVEL, Fair Political Practices Commission chairwoman, calling criticisms of new member Eric Casher "unfair and uncalled for."

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