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Exclamation PENNSYLVANIA Dog Owners--SB 1454

PENNSYLVANIA Action Alert-- Rabies Medical Exemption SB 1454 http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2009&sessInd=0&bill Body=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=1454&pn=2164 just introduced by Senator Stewart Greenleaf has been referred to the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. Please contact the Committee members below and ask them to vote "Ought to Pass." At the bottom of the page is my letter to the Pennsyvlania State Veterinarian.


Senator Mike Brubaker, Chair (717) 787-4420 [email protected]
Senator Michael Waugh, Vice-Chair (717) 787-3817 [email protected]
Senator Michael O'Pake, Minority Chair (717) 787-8925 [email protected]
Senator Joseph Scarnati (717) 787-7084 [email protected]
Senator John Eichelberger (717) 787-5490 [email protected]
Senator Robert Robbins (717) 787-1322
Senator Elder Vogel (717) 787-3076 [email protected]
Senator Gene Yaw (717) 787-3280 [email protected]
Senator Andrew Dinniman (717) 787-5709 [email protected]
Senator Shirley Kitchen (717) 787-6735 [email protected]
Senator John Wozniak (717) 787-5400 [email protected]


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June 29, 2010


Dr. Craig E. Shultz
State Veterinarian
Department of Agriculture
2301 N. Cameron Street, Room 410
Harrisburg, PA 17110


RE: Medical Exemption Clause for Pennsylvania’s Rabies Prevention and Control Code


Greetings Dr. Shultz:


On behalf of The Rabies Challenge Fund and the Pennsylvania pet owners who have contacted us requesting assistance, we respectfully request that you, in your capacity as State Veterinarian, initiate medical exemption legislation waiving the rabies immunization requirement in Chapter 16, Subchapter C., §16.43 of the Pennsylvania Code for the small number of animals whose veterinarians have determined their medical conditions preclude vaccination.


The states of Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin all have medical exemption clauses for sick animals in their rabies immunization laws, and a bill is currently pending in the California legislature to include a waiver in their statutes.


The labels on rabies vaccines state that they are for “the vaccination of healthy cats, dogs…,” and there are medical conditions for which vaccination can jeopardize the life or well-being of an animal. A medical exemption clause would allow Pennsylvania veterinarians to write waivers for animals whose medical conditions (such as those with cancer, kidney/liver failure, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, grand mal seizures, and chronic autoimmune disorders) would be exacerbated by rabies vaccination. The State of Maine inserted such an exemption into their 3 year rabies protocol, 7 M.R.S.A., Sec. 3922(3), which became effective in April 2005 -- not one rabid dog has been reported in the more than 5 years since that date. Colorado’s data reflect the same -- there have been no rabid dogs reported in the state since passage of their medical exemption clause in July 2008.


Maine’s exemption language is as follows:


A. A letter of exemption from vaccination may be submitted for licensure, if a medical reason exists that precludes the vaccination of the dog. Qualifying letters must be in the form of a written statement, signed by a licensed veterinarian, that includes a description of the dog, and the medical reason that precludes vaccination. If the medical reason is temporary, the letter shall indicate a time of expiration of the exemption.


B. A dog exempted under the provisions of paragraph 5 A, above, shall be considered unvaccinated, for the purposes of 10-144 C.M.R. Ch.251, Section 7(B)(1), (Rules Governing Rabies Management) in the case of said dog’s exposure to a confirmed or suspect rabid animal.


The Rabies Challenge Fund strongly urges you to request legislation be submitted on behalf of the Department of Agriculture amending Chapter 16, Subchapter C., §16.43 of the Pennsylvania Code to include medical exemption language for unhealthy animals for which rabies vaccination would compromise their well-being.


Sincerely,


Kris L. Christine
Founder, Co-Trustee
THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
www.RabiesChallengeFund.org
[email protected]


cc: Dr. W. Jean Dodds
Dr. Ronald Schultz
Pennsylvania General Assembly
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PENNSYLVANIA: Rabies Medical Exemption Action Alert -- Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf will reintroduce SB 1454 http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2009&sessInd=0&bill Body=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=1454&pn=2164 in an effort to get a rabies medical exemption clause inserted into the Pennsylvania Rabies Code in the January session.

What You Can Do to Help

Contact your legislators immediately and ask them to co-sponsor and support this rabies medical exemption bill. You can find your legislators' contact information at this link http://www.legis.state.pa.us/ , and please ask every pet owner you know who may concerned about this to do the same. If no other legislator is willing to Co-Sponsor this bill, it will fail.

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PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 (January 2013)
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/...r=0155&pn=0107 has been introduced for a 3rd time by Senator Greenleaf & has been referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee (link to Senator Greenleaf's memo reintroducing this bill http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...&cosponId=9832).

What You Can Do to Help

Please contact members below asking them to vote to pass this bill, SB 155, for dogs and cats determined by a veterinarian to be too ill to be vaccinated.

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Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Agriculture Committee


Senator Elder Vogel, Chair (717) 787-3076 [email protected]
Senator Michael Waugh, Vice-Chair (717) 787-3817 [email protected]
Senator Judith L. Schwank, Minority Chair (717) 787-8925 [email protected]
Senator David G. Argall (717) 787-2637 [email protected]
Senator Joseph Scarnati (717) 787-7084 [email protected]
Senator Mike Brubaker (717) 787-4420 [email protected]
Senator Robert Robbins (717) 787-1322 [email protected]
Senator Gene Yaw (717) 787-3280 [email protected]
Senator Andrew Dinniman (717) 787-5709 [email protected]
Senator Shirley Kitchen (717) 787-6735 [email protected]
Senator Timothy Solobay (717) 787-1463 [email protected]

The Rabies Challenge Fund Letter to Pennsylvania State Veterinarian

June 29, 2010

Dr. Craig E. Shultz
State Veterinarian
Department of Agriculture
2301 N. Cameron Street, Room 410
Harrisburg, PA 17110

RE: Medical Exemption Clause for Pennsylvania’s Rabies Prevention and Control Code

Greetings Dr. Shultz:

On behalf of The Rabies Challenge Fund and the Pennsylvania pet owners who have contacted us requesting assistance, we respectfully request that you, in your capacity as State Veterinarian, initiate medical exemption legislation waiving the rabies immunization requirement in Chapter 16, Subchapter C., §16.43 of the Pennsylvania Code for the small number of animals whose veterinarians have determined their medical conditions preclude vaccination.

The states of Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin all have medical exemption clauses for sick animals in their rabies immunization laws, and a bill is currently pending in the California legislature to include a waiver in their statutes.

The labels on rabies vaccines state that they are for “the vaccination of healthy cats, dogs…,” and there are medical conditions for which vaccination can jeopardize the life or well-being of an animal. A medical exemption clause would allow Pennsylvania veterinarians to write waivers for animals whose medical conditions (such as those with cancer, kidney/liver failure, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, grand mal seizures, and chronic autoimmune disorders) would be exacerbated by rabies vaccination. The State of Maine inserted such an exemption into their 3 year rabies protocol, 7 M.R.S.A., Sec. 3922(3), which became effective in April 2005 -- not one rabid dog has been reported in the more than 5 years since that date. Colorado’s data reflect the same -- there have been no rabid dogs reported in the state since passage of their medical exemption clause in July 2008.

Maine’s exemption language is as follows:

A. A letter of exemption from vaccination may be submitted for licensure, if a medical reason exists that precludes the vaccination of the dog. Qualifying letters must be in the form of a written statement, signed by a licensed veterinarian, that includes a description of the dog, and the medical reason that precludes vaccination. If the medical reason is temporary, the letter shall indicate a time of expiration of the exemption.

B. A dog exempted under the provisions of paragraph 5 A, above, shall be considered unvaccinated, for the purposes of 10-144 C.M.R. Ch.251, Section 7(B)(1), (Rules Governing Rabies Management) in the case of said dog’s exposure to a confirmed or suspect rabid animal.

The Rabies Challenge Fund strongly urges you to request legislation be submitted on behalf of the Department of Agriculture amending Chapter 16, Subchapter C., §16.43 of the Pennsylvania Code to include medical exemption language for unhealthy animals for which rabies vaccination would compromise their well-being.

Sincerely,

Kris L. Christine
Founder, Co-Trustee
THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
http://www.RabiesChallengeFund.org
[email protected]

cc: Dr. W. Jean Dodds
Dr. Ronald Schultz
Pennsylvania General Assembly
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Exclamation SB 155 PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Waiver Bill

PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 before the full Senate Monday 2/11/13.

The bill received unanimous support from the Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...6/2013&rNbr=35 with an amendment (see amended exemption text Section 2 Subsection F http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/...r=0155&pn=0368 ) and will be considered by the full Senate on Monday February 11, 2013.

What You Can Do to Help

Please contact your Senators http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...act.cfm?body=S & ask them to support SB 155. Share this action alert & ask any of your pet-owning friends in Pennsylvania to contact their Senators to support the bill.

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PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...type=B&BN=0155 has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Please contact Committee Chair, Senator Jake Corman [email protected] (717) 787-1377 & committee members listed below & ask them to SUPPORT this bill so that it will go to the full Senate for a 3rd & final consideration: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...e=3&CteeBody=S


Senate Appropriations Committee Members


Sen. Jake Corman, Chair [email protected] (717) 787-1377
Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, Minority Chair [email protected] (717) 787-7112
Sen. Robert M. Tomlinson, Vice Chair [email protected] (717) 787-5072
Sen. Dominic Pileggi [email protected] (717) 787-4712
Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati [email protected] (717) 787-7084
Sen. David G. Argall [email protected] (717) 787-2637
Sen. Lisa [email protected] (717) 787-7428
Sen. Mike Brubaker [email protected] (717) 787-4420
Sen. John R. Gordner [email protected] (717) 787-8928
Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf [email protected] (717) 787-6599
Sen. Bob Mensch [email protected] (717) 787-3110
Sen. John C. Rafferty, [email protected] (717) 787-1398
Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker [email protected] (717) 787-6535
Sen. Patricia H. Vance [email protected] (717) 787-8524
Sen. Elder A. Vogel, Jr. [email protected] (717) 787-3076
Sen. Randy Vulakovich [email protected] (717) 787-6538
Sen. Michael L. Waugh [email protected] (717) 787-3817
Sen. Jim Ferlo, Minority Vice Chair [email protected] (717) 787-6123
Sen. Jay Costa [email protected] (717) 787-7683
Sen. John Blake [email protected] (717) 787-6481
Sen. Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr. [email protected] (717) 787-5662
Sen. Judith L. Schwank [email protected] (717) 787-8925
Sen. Timothy J. Solobay [email protected] (717) 787-1463
Sen. LeAnna M. Washington [email protected] (717) 787-1427
Sen. John N. Wozniak [email protected] (717) 787-5400
Sen. John T. Yudichak [email protected] (717) 787-7105


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Exclamation Monday Vote 3/18/13

PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...type=B&BN=0155 will be voted on by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, March 18th. Please contact Committee Chair, Senator Jake Corman [email protected] (717) 787-1377 & committee members listed below & ask them to SUPPORT this bill so that it will go to the full Senate for a 3rd & final consideration: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...e=3&CteeBody=S


Senate Appropriations Committee Members


Sen. Jake Corman, Chair [email protected] (717) 787-1377
Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, Minority Chair [email protected] (717) 787-7112
Sen. Robert M. Tomlinson, Vice Chair [email protected] (717) 787-5072
Sen. Dominic Pileggi [email protected] (717) 787-4712
Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati [email protected] (717) 787-7084
Sen. David G. Argall [email protected] (717) 787-2637
Sen. Lisa Baker [email protected] (717) 787-7428
Sen. Mike Brubaker [email protected] (717) 787-4420
Sen. John R. Gordner [email protected] (717) 787-8928
Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf [email protected] (717) 787-6599
Sen. Bob Mensch [email protected] (717) 787-3110
Sen. John C. Rafferty, [email protected] (717) 787-1398
Sen. Lloyd K. Smucker [email protected] (717) 787-6535
Sen. Patricia H. Vance [email protected] (717) 787-8524
Sen. Elder A. Vogel, Jr. [email protected] (717) 787-3076
Sen. Randy Vulakovich [email protected] (717) 787-6538
Sen. Michael L. Waugh [email protected] (717) 787-3817
Sen. Jim Ferlo, Minority Vice Chair [email protected] (717) 787-6123
Sen. Jay Costa [email protected] (717) 787-7683
Sen. John Blake [email protected] (717) 787-6481
Sen. Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr. [email protected] (717) 787-5662
Sen. Judith L. Schwank [email protected] (717) 787-8925
Sen. Timothy J. Solobay [email protected] (717) 787-1463
Sen. LeAnna M. Washington [email protected] (717) 787-1427
Sen. John N. Wozniak [email protected] (717) 787-5400
Sen. John T. Yudichak [email protected] (717) 787-7105


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Pennsylvania Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 UNANIMOUSLY passed the full Senate today (4/8/13) & will go to the House for consideration next http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/bill_history.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=S&type=B&b n=155 .
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PENNSYLVANIA Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...type=B&BN=0155 after passing the full Senate. Please contact Chairs JohnMaher, (717) 783-1522 [email protected], Joseph A. Petrarca (717) 787-5142 [email protected] , and members below and ask the Committee to SUPPORT SB 155.


Pennsylvania House Agriculture Committee Members


JohnMaher, Chair (717) 783-1522 [email protected]
Joseph A. Petrarca Co-Chair (717) 787-5142 [email protected]
Mindy Fee (717) 772-5290 [email protected]
Mike Reese (717) 783-9311 [email protected]
Stephen Bloom (717) 772-2280 [email protected]
Michele Brooks (717) 783-5008 [email protected]
Gordon Denlinger (717) 787-3531 [email protected]
Joe Emrick (717) 260-6159 [email protected]
Mikie Fleck (717) 787-3335 [email protected]
Marcia Hahn (717) 783-8573 [email protected]
David Hickernell (717) 783-2076 [email protected]
Rob Kauffman (717) 705-2004 [email protected]
Mark Keller (717) 783-1593 [email protected]
David Millard (717) 783-1102 [email protected]
Dan Moul (717) 783-5217 [email protected]
Mike Tobash (717) 260-6148 [email protected]
Deberah Kula (717) 772-1858 [email protected]
Brandon Neuman (717) 783-4834 [email protected]
Scott Conklin (717) 787-9473 [email protected]
Pamela DeLissio (717) 783-4945 [email protected]
Sid Michaels Kavulich (717) 783-4874 [email protected]
Rick Mirabito (717) 772-1314 [email protected]
Mark Painter (717) 783-4073 [email protected]
Mark Rozzi (717) 783-3290 [email protected]
Jake Wheatley, Jr. (717) 783-3783 [email protected]
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Exclamation PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Waiver Bill SB 155

PENNSYLVANIA Rabies Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 will be heard in the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday, JUNE 4th at 9:30 a.m. http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/Index.cfm?Code=2&CteeBody=H. Please contact Chairs John Maher (717) 783-1522 [email protected] Joseph A. Petrarca (717) 787-5142 [email protected] & committee members below to ask them to SUPPORT SB 155.


Pennsylvania House Agriculture Committee Members


John Maher, Chair (717) 783-1522 [email protected]
Joseph A. Petrarca Co-Chair (717) 787-5142 [email protected]
Mindy Fee (717) 772-5290 [email protected]
Mike Reese (717) 783-9311 [email protected]
Stephen Bloom (717) 772-2280 [email protected]
Michele Brooks (717) 783-5008 [email protected]
Gordon Denlinger (717) 787-3531 [email protected]
Joe Emrick (717) 260-6159 [email protected]
Mikie Fleck (717) 787-3335 [email protected]
Marcia Hahn (717) 783-8573 [email protected]
David Hickernell (717) 783-2076 [email protected]
Rob Kauffman (717) 705-2004 [email protected]
Mark Keller (717) 783-1593 [email protected]
David Millard (717) 783-1102 [email protected]
Dan Moul (717) 783-5217 [email protected]
Mike Tobash (717) 260-6148 [email protected]
Deberah Kula (717) 772-1858 [email protected]
Brandon Neuman (717) 783-4834 [email protected]
Scott Conklin (717) 787-9473 [email protected]
Pamela DeLissio (717) 783-4945 [email protected]
Sid Michaels Kavulich (717) 783-4874 [email protected]
Rick Mirabito (717) 772-1314 [email protected]
Mark Painter (717) 783-4073 [email protected]
Mark Rozzi (717) 783-3290 [email protected]
Jake Wheatley, Jr. (717) 783-3783 [email protected]
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PENNSYLVANIA Medical Exemption Bill SB 155 was amended & reported out of House Agriculture Committee & had 1st floor consideration 6/4/13. 3rd & final consideration by Monday according to Co-chair Petrarca's staff .http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/bill_history.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=S&type=B&b n=155

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The Pennsylvania General Assembly unanimously passed SB 155 putting a medical exemption clause into their rabies law today (July 3) & will become the 18th state with an exemption as soon as the bill is signed by the Governor http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/bill_history.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=S&type=B&b n=155 . Thanks to all who contacted legislators to help get this bill passed!



SB 155 Text: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&bill Body=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0155&pn=1211
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PENNSYLVANIA Medical Exemption SB 155 was signed into law by Governor Corbett July 9th & will become effective in 60 days (September 7th). Thank you again to everyone who contacted legislators & shared action alerts to make this possible!
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