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AB-1824 Guide, signal, or service dogs: injury or death.(2015-2016)

Bill Status
Chang (A)
Baker (A) , Cannella (S) , Fuller (S) , Lackey (A) , Maienschein (A)
Guide, signal, or service dogs: injury or death.
An act to amend Sections 600.2 and 600.5 of the Penal Code, relating to guide, signal, or service dogs, and making an appropriation therefor.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Two Thirds Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/24/16 Vetoed by Governor.
08/30/16 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
08/23/16 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 80. Noes 0. Page 6163.).
08/19/16 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 21 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/18/16 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 36. Noes 0. Page 5131.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1824 without my signature.

This bill expands the definition of "guide, signal or service dog" and lowers the standard for convicting an individual who causes injury or death to such a dog. The bill also adds an owner's medical bills and lost wages to the existing list of recoverable restitution costs.

Lowering the mens rea standard for one of the misdemeanors covered by this measure expands the scope of the current penal code which already is convoluted and unnecessarily complex. I believe that existing law provides an adequate deterrent and sufficient punishment.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.