5102 AMH JUDI H2129.1

SB 5102  - H COMM AMD
     By Committee on Judiciary

ADOPTED 04/09/2013

     Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

"NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1   A new section is added to chapter 16.52 RCW to read as follows:
     A veterinarian lawfully licensed in this state to practice veterinary medicine, surgery, and dentistry who reports, in good faith and in the normal course of business, a suspected incident of animal cruelty that is punishable under this chapter to the proper authorities is immune from liability in any civil or criminal action brought against such veterinarian for reporting the suspected incident. The immunity provided in this section applies only if the veterinarian receives no financial benefit from the suspected incident of animal cruelty beyond charges for services rendered prior to the veterinarian making the initial report."

     Correct the title.

EFFECT:  Provides that the immunity does not apply if the veterinarian benefits financially from the suspected animal cruelty, aside from payment for services provided prior to reporting.

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