Government Relations

The Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee will consider a bill on Monday, February 8, that seeks to protect the rights of responsible dog owners in Missouri by prohibiting municipalities from enacting breed-specific policies. It would also void any current local breed-specific policies or regulations in the state. The AKC supports Senate Bill 1811, which protects the rights of dog owners while still allowing communities to enact laws that hold all owners accountable.

The New York Assembly Agriculture Committee is considering a bill on Tuesday, February 9, that would clarify current law regarding minimum standards for dogs kept in outdoor shelters. Assembly Bill 7033 contains reasonable clarifications to these requirements that would protect dogs kept outdoors and ensure they are kept in humane conditions and protected from the elements.

Tennessee committees will vote on Monday and Tuesday on two bills of grave concern to dog owners. Senate Bill 2175 and House Bill 2303 would require regulation, inspection, and potentially high registration fees for dog breeders. Exemptions in the bill for exhibitors, hunters, and fanciers are essentially meaningless. These bills would also authorize warrantless searches of dog owners’ properties.

Utah House Bill 132 will define a commercial breeder as “a person who for a fee or other consideration; maintains in a kennel at any time six or more dogs for breeding or six or more cats for breeding and sells, leases, trades, barters, auctions, or provides to another person the offspring of those dogs or cats or; buys, sells, leases, trades or provides to another person a dog or cat wholesale for resale to another.”

On Monday, February 8, 2016, the New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee will consider Senate Bill 63. The bill repeals consumer protection laws for pet purchasers, prohibits the sale of dogs unless the transactions are conducted face-to-face, and requires pet shops to sell dogs sourced only from shelters and pounds. Because SB 63 will ultimately harm consumers and all dog breeders, the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs strongly oppose Senate Bill 63. It is crucial that all concerned dog owners and breeders contact the members of the Senate Economic Growth Committee and urge strong opposition to the radical legislation prior to Monday’s committee hearing. Interested parties are also strongly encouraged to attend Monday’s hearing and express respectful but strong opposition to SB 63.

The Kansas House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources is considering a bill this Wednesday, February 3, that will expand who must be regulated under the state’s breeder laws. The bill will also create new requirements for those who are involved in rescue and those who keep at least 4 dogs during any week for training or boarding in return for compensation. This is very similar to bills introduced in 2014 and 2015. Those who wish to comment on this bill are encouraged to contact the committee prior to Wednesday’s hearing

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