STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1031-20
RE: S.B. No. 2985
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred S.B. No. 2985, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO VETERINARIANS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Providing civil immunity, absent gross negligence, to veterinarians who render emergency care or treatment to an animal, whether there is a veterinarian-client-patient relationship or not; and
(2) Requiring veterinarians to report certain suspected injuries, killing, or abuse of an animal to law enforcement.
Your Committee finds that veterinarians should be permitted to use their skills and expertise to render emergency aid to animals without the fear of civil liability, provided that the aid is rendered in good faith and absent gross negligence. This measure provides appropriate civil immunity to veterinarians while ensuring the protection of animal health and welfare.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Agriculture that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2985, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2985, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Agriculture,
RICHARD P. CREAGAN, Chair