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Legislative Synopsis for 2016

Alexander & Cleaver (A&C) was proud to represent the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) for the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session. Our first session working together, we introduced and passed SB 614/HB 1462, legislation that will make it easier for veterinarians to customize and dispense appropriate medications to quickly treat their patients. This legislation makes Maryland the tenth state in the nation that permits licensed veterinarians to administer and dispense compounded products. Together, we monitored and engaged on more than 20 pieces of legislation, and below is a summary of our work this session.

SB 614/HB 1462 - Veterinarians, Pharmacies, and Pharmacists - Dispensing Compounded Preparations for Use by Nonfarm Animals

Before the start of session, the A&C team secured Senator Joan Carter Conway, the Chair of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs committee to sponsor the bill in the Senate and Delegate Eric Bromwell to introduce the bill in the House. Our strategy was to partner with influential committee members to ensure our bill would pass out of their respective committees in a favorable posture, leading to full passage.

We had a great bill hearing in the Senate, with Doctors Reed and Streett, and Moira Moynihan presenting on behalf of MVMA. Our bill sponsor and Chair of the committee explained to the committee the purpose of the bill and stressed that she expected it to pass. After the Senate hearing, an organization opposed to our bill, Animal Health International (AHI), hired a lobbying firm to try and defeat our bill. Dr. Reed and Hannah Garagiola had several meetings with AHI and their representatives, and their tough negotiations ensured MVMA was able to get a win and pass a strong bill.

The legislation that passed permits licensed veterinarians to dispense compounded nonsterile preparations or compounded sterile preparations to domestic pets, or “nonfarm animals.” A pharmacy, and a licensed pharmacist, may provide compounded nonsterile preparations or compounded sterile preparations without a patient-specific prescription to a licensed veterinarian who intends to use the preparations for treatment of patients. The bill also requires veterinarians to dispense compounded medications in a maximum of a 7-day supply, in bottles that do not belong to the original manufacturer and are clearly labeled with type of animal, drug, dosage, manufacturer information and the owner’s last name.

Over the interim, we look forward to developing a legislative agenda with MVMA for next session, and to attending their annual conference in Ocean City, MD to provide an update on our work to the Board of Directors. It has been a pleasure to work with MVMA and we look forward to continued partnership in the future.

Bills Monitored by A&C and MVMA

Please see the next page for legislation monitored by A&C and MVMA and information on positions and engagement on various bills.

HB 6 Status: In the House - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
Criminal Law - Improper Prescription of Controlled Dangerous Substance Resulting in Death
House: Judiciary
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: OPPOSE – bill failed to pass

HB 46 Status: In the House - Returned Passed
Animal Control Units - Impounded Animals - Identification
House: Environment and Transportation Senate: Judicial Proceedings
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: MONITOR – bill passed

HB 111 Status: In the House - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
Business Regulation - Sales of Dogs and Cats - Required Health Certificate
House: Economic Matters
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: MONITOR – bill failed to pass

HB 211 Status: In the House - Passed Enrolled
Neonicotinoid Pesticides - Restrictions on Sales and Use (Pollinator Protection Act of 2016)
House: Environment and Transportation Senate: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: AMEND (to exempt all veterinary products) – bill passed

HB 289 Status: In the House - Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.
Medical Schools - Use of Animals in Medical Training - Prohibited
House: Health and Government Operations
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: MONITOR (MVMA sought advice from AVMA on bill) – bill failed to pass

HB 438 Status: In the Senate - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
Public Safety - Law Enforcement - Veterinary Care of Retired Law Enforcement K-9s Act
House: Judiciary Senate: Judicial Proceedings
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: MONITOR – bill failed to pass

HB 494 Status: In the House - Returned Passed
Agriculture - Animal Shelters - Uniform Standards of Operation and Care (Animal Shelters Standards Act of 2016)
House: Environment and Transportation Senate: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: MONITOR – bill passed

HB 583 Status: In the Senate - First Reading Judicial Proceedings
Criminal Law - Cruelty to Animals - Implement of Dogfighting
House: Judiciary Senate: Judicial Proceedings
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: MONITOR – bill failed to pass

HB 980 Status: In the House - Referred to interim study by Environment and Transportation
State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners - Disciplinary Action Report - Publication on Web Site

House: Environment and Transportation
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: MONITOR/SUPPORT – bill failed to pass, will be an interim study of the issue – A&C will monitor and attend any work sessions on study

HB 1113 Status: In the House - Returned Passed
Commercial Sale of Dogs and Cats - Prohibited Acts (Companion Animal Welfare Act)
House: Economic Matters Senate: Finance
Effective Date: June 1, 2016

HB 1216 Status: In the House - Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.
General Provisions - Commemorative Days - K9 Veterans Day
House: Health and Government Operations
Effective Date: October 1, 2016

HB 1322 Status: In the House - Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.
Income Tax Credit - Veterinary Services for Adopted Police Dogs
House: Ways and Means
Effective Date: July 1, 2016

HB 1335 Status: In the House - Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.
Income Tax Credit - Cat and Dog Adoption
House: Ways and Means
Effective Date: July 1, 2016

HB 1462 Status: In the House - Returned Passed
Veterinarians, Pharmacies, and Pharmacists - Dispensing Compounded Preparations for Use by Nonfarm Animals
House: Health and Government Operations Senate: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: SUPPORT – bill passed

HB 1586 Status: In the House - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
Crimes Related to Animals - Penalties - Mandatory Reporting
House: Rules and Executive Nominations
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: MONITOR/OPPOSE – bill failed to pass

SB 36 Status: In the Senate - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
Vehicle Laws - Cats and Dogs Left Unattended - Authorized Removal
Senate: Judicial Proceedings
Effective Date: October 1, 2016

SB 198 Status: In the Senate - Passed Enrolled
Neonicotinoid Pesticides - Restrictions on Sales and Use (Pollinator Protection Act of 2016)
Senate: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs House: Environment and Transportation
Effective Date: October 1, 2016

SB 283 Status: In the Senate - Returned Passed
Criminal Law - Cruelty to Animals - Implement of Dogfighting
Senate: Judicial Proceedings House: Judiciary
Effective Date: October 1, 2016

SB 614 Status: In the Senate - Passed Enrolled
Veterinarians, Pharmacies, and Pharmacists - Dispensing Compounded Preparations for Use by Nonfarm Animals
Senate: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs House: Health and Government Operations
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: SUPPORT – bill passed

SB 663 Status: In the Senate - Returned Passed
Commercial Sale of Dogs and Cats - Prohibited Acts (Companion Animal Welfare Act)
Senate: Finance House: Economic Matters
Effective Date: June 1, 2016

SB 722 Status: In the Senate - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
Crimes Related to Animals - Penalties - Mandatory Reporting
Senate: Judicial Proceedings
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: MONITOR/OPPOSE – bill failed to pass

SB 917 Status: In the Senate - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
Public Safety - Law Enforcement - Veterinary Care of Retired Law Enforcement K-9s Act
Senate: Judicial Proceedings
Effective Date: October 1, 2016

SB 990 Status: In the Senate - First Reading Senate Rules
Medical Schools - Use of Animals in Medical Training - Prohibited
Senate: Rules
Effective Date: October 1, 2016
MVMA position: MONITOR (MVMA sought advice from AVMA on bill) – bill failed to pass

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