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SB-202 Animal blood donors.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Section 9204.5 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:

9204.5.
 “Captive closed-colony” means that an animal is kept, housed, or maintained in any way for the purpose of collecting its blood.

SEC. 2.

 Section 9205 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

9205.
 “Commercial blood bank for animals” means an establishment that produces animal blood or blood component products from captive closed-colony or community-sourced animals  to market and sell for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of injury or disease in animals.

SEC. 3.

 Section 9205.5 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:

9205.5.
 “Community-sourced” means that an animal is both of the following:
(a) Kept, housed, and maintained at the residence of its owner.
(b) Brought by its owner to a commercial blood bank for animals to have its blood collected.

SEC. 4.

 Section 9205.7 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:

9205.7.
 “Indirect supervision” has the same meaning as in Section 2034 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.

SEC. 5.

 Section 9212 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

9212.
 The secretary shall license establishments as commercial blood banks for animals that meet all of the following:
(a) Operate under conditions, and use methods of production, that are consistent with current standards of care and practice for the field of veterinary transfusion medicine  to ensure that the animal blood and blood component products will not be contaminated, dangerous, or harmful.
(b) Produce animal blood and blood component products under the direct indirect  supervision of a person qualified in the field. either of the following: 
(1) A California-licensed veterinarian.
(2) A qualified person in the field for a commercial animal blood bank licensed before January 1, 2018.
(c) Maintain onsite records containing information documenting how the animal was acquired and any history of blood draws or use of anesthesia on the animal.

SEC. 6.

 Section 9213 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:

9213.
 For purposes of liability pursuant to this chapter, the production and use of whole blood, plasma, blood products, and blood derivatives for purposes of injecting or transfusing the same, or any of them, into an animal shall be construed to be, and is declared to be, the rendition of a service by each and every person, firm, or corporation participating therein, and shall not be construed to be, and is declared not to be, a sale of that whole blood, plasma, blood products, or blood derivatives.

SEC. 7.

 Section 9221 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

9221.
 An application for a license for any establishment that produces, or proposes to produce, animal blood and blood component products shall be made on forms issued by the secretary. The application shall contain all of the following:
(a) The name and address of the person who owns the place, property,  establishment, or institution in which it is proposed to produce animal blood and blood component products.
(b) The name and address of the person who shall be in charge of  oversee  the production of animal blood and blood component products.
(c) The type of animal blood and blood component products that shall be produced.
(d) A full description of the building, including its location, address,  facilities, equipment, and apparatus to be used in the production of animal blood and blood component products.
(e) A written protocol consistent with current standards of care and practice for the field of veterinary transfusion medicine  that addresses all of the following:
(1) Maximum length of time for donation by animal donors, or captive closed-colony animal donors and  minimum health parameters for animal donors.
(2) Frequency and volume of blood collected from animal blood  donors.
(3) Socialization and exercise programs for captive closed-colony  animal blood  donors.
(4) Method of identification of each animal, including microchip or tattoo.
(5) Ongoing veterinary care, including an annual physical exam and vaccination schedule for animals held in blood donor facilities. a captive closed-colony. 
(6) Husbandry  For captive closed-colony animal donors, husbandry  standards for feeding, watering, sanitation, housing, handling, and care in transit, with minimums based on the standards set forth pursuant to the federal Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. Sec. 2131 et seq.)  in Part 3 (commencing with Section 3.1) of Subchapter A of Chapter 1 of Title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(7) Implementation of a permissive adoption program.
(8) Bloodborne pathogen testing for all canine and feline blood donors in accordance with the most recent Consensus Statement on blood donor infectious disease screening by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
(f) An “oversight letter” oversight letter  identifying the oversight veterinarian who will be responsible for the  oversight of the facility. The letter shall be from the oversight veterinarian, and shall be maintained on file by the secretary. Oversight veterinarians shall be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in California. In the event of a change of the oversight veterinarian, it is the oversight veterinarian’s responsibility to give notice to the secretary of the termination of the oversight veterinarian within 30 days of the termination date of the oversight veterinarian. An oversight letter from the incoming oversight veterinarian shall be submitted to the secretary within 30 days of the termination date of the prior oversight veterinarian.
(g) Additional information that the secretary finds is necessary for the proper administration and enforcement of this chapter.

SEC. 8.

 Section 9253 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:

9253.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “payment” means the transfer by a commercial blood bank for animals licensed under this chapter to a person of money or other valuable consideration that can be converted to money by the recipient. For purposes of this section, “payment” does not include fees for veterinary tests, screenings, or services that benefit the health of the community-sourced animal from which the blood or blood component products were taken.
(b) A commercial blood bank for animals licensed under this chapter shall not provide payment to a person who brings a community-sourced animal to the commercial blood bank for the purpose of donating that animal’s blood or blood component products.
(c) A commercial blood bank for animals licensed under this chapter that accepts a donation from a community-sourced animal shall do all of the following:
(1) Obtain the informed written consent of the owner of the community-sourced animal and keep a record of that consent.
(2) Ensure that the licensed veterinarian providing indirect supervision determines that production of blood and blood component products is safe and not injurious to the community-sourced animal’s health, including ensuring that the community-sourced animal is all of the following:
(A) An appropriate age to donate.
(B) A healthy weight to donate.
(C) Has no history of bloodborne illness.
(D) Is current on vaccinations.
(d) A commercial blood bank for animals licensed under this chapter shall maintain a record of the donations collected, the units supplied, any adverse events, and any complaints from owners regarding community-sourced animals that donate blood or blood component products.
(e) A commercial blood bank for animals licensed under this chapter shall annually report to the department all of the following:
(1) The number of donations collected and units supplied from captive closed-colonies during that year.
(2) The number of donations collected and units supplied from community-sourced animals during that year.
(3) The number of animals experiencing adverse events, the number of total adverse events, and the nature of adverse events experienced by animals that donate blood or blood component products from captive closed-colonies during that year.
(4) The number of animals experiencing adverse events and the number of total adverse events experienced by community-sourced animals that donate blood or blood component products, as well as the number and nature of complaints from owners regarding community-sourced animal donors, during that year.
(5) The number of community-sourced animal donors that have donated blood or blood products more than once.
(6) The number of community-sourced animal donors, and the number of closed-colony animal donors, whose blood tested positive for known pathogens, in accordance with the most recent Consensus Statement on blood donor infectious disease screening by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
(f) A violation of this section shall constitute a cause for corrective action, suspension, restriction, or the nonrenewal or revocation of a license by the department. The proceedings for the suspension or revocation of a license or permit shall be conducted pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. The secretary shall have all the powers granted in that chapter.

SEC. 9.

 Section 9254 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:

9254.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2025, the department shall submit a report to the Legislature describing all of the following:
(1) Information collected pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 9253.
(2) The number of licensed commercial blood banks for animals in the state.
(3) The number of licensed commercial blood banks for animals collecting from community-sourced animals in the state, the number of licensed commercial blood banks for animals collecting from captive closed-colonies in the state, and the number of licensed commercial blood banks for animals collecting from both community-sourced animals and captive closed-colonies in the state.
(4) The number of violations of this chapter of any rule or regulation adopted by the secretary pursuant to this chapter, determined by routine inspection or investigation of a complaint.
(5) The number of violations of submitted protocols determined by routine inspection or investigation of a complaint.
(b) (1) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2029.

SEC. 10.

 Section 9269 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

9269.
 (a) (1) For purposes of this section, “identifying personal information” means the following information pertaining to the owner of an animal donor that is collected for purposes of coordinating, conducting, or documenting a donation from the animal owned by that person and is maintained by the department in relation to this chapter:
(A) Social security number.
(B) Date of birth.
(C) Physical description.
(D) Home address.
(E) Home telephone number.
(F) Statements of personal worth or personal financial data.
(G) Personal medical history.
(H) Employment history.
(I) Electronic mail address.
(J) Information that reveals any electronic network location or identity.
(2) For purposes of this subdivision, a person who owns, operates, maintains, or oversees a commercial blood bank for animals shall not be considered the owner of an animal donor.
(a) (b)  Except as provided in subdivision (b),  (c), the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code) shall apply to  all records held by the department relating to this chapter, including, but not limited to, records relating to applications, fees, or inspections required by this chapter, shall be confidential and not subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act contained in Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code. chapter. 
(c) (1) Except as provided in subdivision (d) and notwithstanding subdivision (b), identifying personal information that is contained in records described in subdivision (b) shall be confidential and not subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code).
(2) Nothing in this section shall prevent the disclosure by the department of data regarding age, race, ethnicity, national origin, or gender of individuals whose personal information is protected pursuant to this section, so long as the data contain no individually identifiable information.
(b) (d)  Notwithstanding subdivision (a), records  Records  held by the department relating to this chapter shall be accessible to law enforcement officers with jurisdiction over any matter covered by this chapter.
SEC. 11.
 The Legislature finds and declares that Section 10 of this act, which amends Section 9269 of the Food and Agricultural Code, imposes a limitation on the public’s right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies within the meaning of Section 3 of Article I of the California Constitution. Pursuant to that constitutional provision, the Legislature makes the following findings to demonstrate the interest protected by this limitation and the need for protecting that interest:
In order to protect the privacy of owners of community-sourced animal donors and encourage their participation in animal blood donation programs, it is necessary to limit the public’s right of access to their personal information.
SEC. 12.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.