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Post  Snakeman on Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:47 am

California Assembly Bill AB 339, set for an April 2nd hearing, lays out a series of regulations prohibiting the sales of live animals at flea markets and open air markets, that would essentially ban reptile shows and sales in the state.

Introduced by Assembly Member Dickinson the bill would prohibit persons and businesses from selling or giving away live animals at events that meet the state's definition of a "swap meet".

According to Section 21661 of the Business and Professions Code the definition of a swap meet is:


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(a) As used in this article, the term "swap meet" includes a flea market or an open-air market and means an event at which two or more persons offer merchandise for sale or exchange and that meets one of the following conditions:

(1) A fee is charged for the privilege of offering or displaying merchandise for sale or exchange.

(2) A fee is charged to prospective buyers for parking or for admission to the area where merchandise is offered or displayed for sale or exchange.

(3) The event is held more than six times in any 12-month period.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the term "swap meet," as used in this article, includes a flea market or an open-air market and means an event, regardless of the number of persons offering or displaying personal property or the absence of fees, at which used personal property is offered or displayed for sale or exchange if the event is held more than six times in any 12-month period.


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All existing reptile shows in California would appear to fall under this definition.

To read the bill in it's entirety please visit:
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB339.

The hearing is scheduled before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety for Tuesday, April 2nd at 9 a.m. in Room 126 of the State Capitol. Interested parties should attend the hearing to voice their opinion in person or should contact their State Assemblyman.

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