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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-15-2016, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Dr Dodd's Update

Current State of SB898
As of right now, California Assembly may or may not consider the amended version of Senate Bill 898 (SB898) this coming week. We'll keep you posted.

The history of this bill is that the California Senate passed this version of SB898:
1. Exempt the sale of animal blood and related products from sales tax
2. Directed the BOE to cancel its current assessment

Then, a dramatic turn of events occurred. The Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation passed the bill with amendments that will allow the state to collect approximately $81,000 of prior sales taxes from Hemopet.

Hemopet would like the original version restored.

What Dodds Is Doing Behind the Scenes
After our first efforts to restore the bill to its original language, some compromise changes were offered, which could be acceptable.

However, as of Friday, August 12th, things seemed to slip backwards with indications that the Governor may not even sign any bill.

During a conference call with the governor's office and other officials, we emphasized that if Hemopet closes, dogs will die as a result of the loss of 40 percent of North America’s canine blood supply. There is no substitute for replacing this lifeline, which saves sick and injured dogs every day, but also wounded police dogs, dogs used in security at airports, government patrols...the list is endless.

Both the California Veterinary Medical Association and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association have publicly sided with Hemopet, joining us in discussions with lawmakers in Sacramento to prevent a tragic health crisis among dogs. The public has responded as well, with more than 800 letters and emails sent on Hemopet’s behalf.

But the voices of Californians, concerned dog owners and veterinary professionals are falling on deaf ears.

Against all reason, officials of the state of California made clear that they are prepared to put the lives of these animals at risk.

It is an irresponsible, incomprehensible action, but with only 3 weeks left to get a bill out of the legislature, it now seems almost inevitable.

CALLING
If you would like to call the governor, assemblymembers and senators on our behalf, Hemopet needs you to state the following language specifically:
I support Senate Bill 898 and want it restored to the original that passed the state senate.

LETTERS
Since we are now in crisis mode, Hemopet would love it if you e-mailed Governor Brown directly and copied a few people on it.

We have the letter phrased exactly as we need it and have the email addresses in it. All we need you to do is download, add the date, your name and email it just once. (Don't want to make Gov. Brown too angry.)

If you have had a dog or cat saved by blood or if a blood transfusion was a part of the treatment protocol, please do not hesitate to include their story and photo if you'd like.

Please click here for the letter.

Most importantly, thank you thank you THANK YOU for supporting Hemopet! We have been completely bowled over by your generosity! Our greyhounds and the lives they have saved with their blood donations give you virtual hugs and doggy kisses!

Thank you! – Jean, The Lifesaving Greyhounds & Team Hemopet
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thanks for that Dee Dee ,

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another update ...

ASSEMBLY VOTE 70-5
Fantastic news! Senate Bill 898 passed the Assembly! The current language of the bill still does not cancel prior tax assessments on non-profits for prior sales taxes of animal blood products. SB898 does exempt Hemopet from charging future sales taxes. It’s not the preferred language, but this is still excellent news. We are still working hard with all parties on the issue.

This marathon is not over. The next step is that the bill goes back to the state Senate for concurrence. Then it goes to the Governor.

Your letters and emails are making a difference with the California legislators. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement! Honestly, you and your commitment to Hemopet give us the strength to keep up the good fight!
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Hemopet Updates
The Hemopet sales and use taxation bill has now reached the Governor of California’s desk. Here is our update:

When we put this bill into the bigger perspective, we realize how lucky we are to have all of you as caring supporters. Because of your voices, Dr. Jean Dodds and Charles Berman were able to secure a meeting with the Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary in the Office of the Governor. Granted, it was not the Governor himself, but he does oversee the world’s 6th largest economy and has over 800 bills on his desk at the moment, to review before the end of September.

While SB898 does not deal with any prior taxes levied, Hemopet still supports it going forward, and wants the Governor to sign it into law.

The meeting was thorough and helped Charles and Jean more fully understand the state’s perspective. While they discussed many points, Hemopet’s primary concern would be if the Governor vetoes the bill altogether for fiscal reasons, as it sets a precedent that could affect all non-profit programs across the nation.

At the present moment, we are unsure what the Governor will do, and are still hopeful for his support of SB898.
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thanks Dee Dee , you beat me to it lol. Here's hoping.

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LOL sorry Dave! Yes here's hoping!!!!! It's just not right she is having to jump through all these stupid hoops.
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not what we were hoping for...

FINAL ON SENATE BILL 898
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed seven bills and one of them was ours, Senate Bill 898, which would exempt non-profit animal blood banks from charging sales tax on blood products.

We genuinely appreciate your efforts. They were not in vain and were valiant. To give you a sense of perspective on the major battle we had, Governor Brown vetoed six other bills along with ours, two of which would have repealed state sales tax on diapers and feminine products. Plus, this is a major election year. The decision was based on fiscal reasons – not policy reasons. From our perspective, the decision hardly makes sense. How could the $20-$30K per year impact of our bill have made any real difference to the multi-billion dollar California economy? Reviewing the link below seems to indicate that we were collateral damage in the bigger picture.

The good news is we gained invaluable experience and plan to have another bill submitted next year when things calm down.

So, we may have lost this battle, but we plan to refresh and try again!

Thank you again for your support. Jean Dodds

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Just ridiculous!
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