OK Update: House Approves Changes to Breeder Laws and Regulations
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed Senate Bill 637, which seeks to amend the Oklahoma Commercial Pet Breeders Act, by a vote of 90-5. The measure now goes to the Governor’s desk.
Senate Bill 637 makes numerous changes to the Commercial Pet Breeders Act, including:
Establishing a toll-free hotline for reporting animal abuse – Callers will be required to include their name and phone number. Anonymous reports will not be accepted.
Prohibiting the Board from hiring “humane society groups” or members of humane society groups to perform inspections.
Adding further acts that would result in revocation of a license – Currently a license may be revoked for anyone who fails to meet the standards of care outlined in the regulations. SB 637 states that a license may also be revoked for anyone who fails to meet the application requirements or is convicted of a serious felony (such as murder, kidnapping, child abuse, etc.) or convicted under the Oklahoma Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Clarifying that USDA licensees must comply with the Act. A House committee adopted an amendment that would have exempted USDA licensees; however, this amendment was removed on the House floor. USDA licensees are required to comply with the Commercial Pet Breeders Act, but it is being reported that they be given a credit to apply towards inspection costs.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives also unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 1045, which “disallows” the regulations approved by the Board of Commercial Pet Breeders in December 2010. This resolution now goes to the Senate.
For more information on SB 637 and the Oklahoma Commercial Pet Breeders Act, contact the Oklahoma Animal Interest Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org or the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or email@example.com.