|Passed by the Senate April 23, 2013|
President of the Senate
Passed by the House April 9, 2013
Speaker of the House of Representatives
I, Hunter G. Goodman, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SENATE BILL 5102 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||63rd Legislature||2013 Regular Session|
Read first time 01/18/13. Referred to Committee on Law & Justice .
AN ACT Relating to veterinarian immunity from liability when reporting suspected animal cruelty; and adding a new section to chapter 16.52 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
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.