A state senator who represents parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties has introduced a bill which protects the pets of potential renters.
Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills is proposing a law which would ban landlords from establishing rental policies which require animals to be declawed, or devocalized.
Violators could face a civil penalty of $1000 for each violation which leads to declawing, or devocalization.
Pavley says landlords have other means available to protect their properties from pet damage, such as larger security deposits, or special language in lease agreements.
Eight California cities, including Los Angeles and Burbank, have recently made cat declawing illegal.