SACRAMENTO — California’s much-ballyhooed “wiki bill” has gone to the dogs—and cats and other domesticated animals. Assembly Bill 1520, drafted in something of a crowdsourcing experiment, would allow a court to appoint a guardian ad litem to represent a pet that is the subject of a trust. The bill cruised out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee on April 22 on a bipartisan 10-0 vote.

AB 1520 is the result of Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s decision in December to throw the bill-writing process open to the public via an online wiki. The only catch? The Silver Lake Democrat said participants had to focus on a probate issue. And whatever they wrote would still have to be vetted, and be subject to amendments, in the legislative process.

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