Ala House to Consider Bill on Vet Clinics

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama House is set to consider a bill that would make it easier for nonprofit animal clinics to perform low-cost spay and neuter procedures.

Reports say the legislation would provide more protections for four nonprofit clinics operating in the state.

Alabama veterinarians can't currently work for nonprofits, and only vets can own animal medical clinics.

The bill before the House would let veterinarians work for nonprofits, similar to physicians and attorneys.

The legislation is sponsored by state Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham, a Democrat who tried to pass similar legislation last year but failed. Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard is a co-sponsor of the bill this year, and an aide says it should move quickly.

Todd says some compromises helped bring more support to the bill.