Assemblywoman Gaines Bill to Reduce Humane Officer Backlog Takes Effect

Sacramento, CA…Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, today announced that her measure to help reduce backlog with Humane Officers background checks has been signed by the Governor and will take effect immediately.

Assembly Bill 2194 amends state law so that already-required background checks can be performed on humane society officers.

“With the passage of this measure, government backlog for Humane Officer applicants will be cleared so these well-trained people can do their jobs,” Gaines said. “Humane Officers play a key role in the health and safety of animals and the general public. This will ensure that the many pets that need help are treated with care and are not at risk of abuse.”

Legislation by Senator Dave Cox in 2010 made various changes to the appointments process for humane officers, including criminal background checks, which involves verifying FBI criminal histories that are obtained by the California Department of Justice.

Specific language required by the FBI was not included in the final version of the bill, creating a temporary backlog of criminal background checks for humane officers. Gaines’ bill includes the necessary information to fix current law.

Assembly Bill 2194 will take effect immediately due to an urgency clause in the measure.

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines represents the 4th Assembly District, which includes portions of Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Alpine Counties.