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March 25 Update on Minnesota Breeder Oversight Bills

(Wednesday, March 25, 2009)

The American Kennel Club Government Relations Department reports the following developments regarding the breeder oversight bills currently under consideration by the Minnesota Legislature. Minnesota’s concerned responsible dog breeders and owners are strongly encouraged to take action today!

SF 7

On March 24, the Minnesota Senate Agriculture Committee voted not to take Senate File 7 "off the table." This means that, until further notice, the committee will not take any formal action on SF 7.

HF 253

House File 253 is now under the cognizance of the Minnesota House Agriculture, Rural Economies, and Veterans Affairs Committee, and will be heard this Friday, March 27, at 8:30AM, in the Basement of the State Office Building. As currently written, HF 253:

  • Allows the use of private contributions to fund the development and administration of the licensing program. This allows private organizations to become arms of the government—not only will they write, propose, and fund their legislative agendas, but this language will also permit them to enforce "their" law.
  • Is unnecessary. Not only does it duplicate provisions of the federal Animal Welfare Act and the licensing provisions of the United States Department of Agriculture , but current Minnesota law also already addresses animal cruelty, care, and housing in animal facilities.

It is imperative that all responsible dog breeders and owners in Minnesota concerned with HF 253’s unreasonable provisions write or call the members of the House Agriculture, Rural Economies, and Veterans Affairs Committee (listed below). Respectfully let them know that you vehemently oppose the provisions of HF 253.

Representative Mary Ellen Otremba, Chair
445 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3201
E-mail: rep.maryellen.otremba@house.mn

Representative Al Doty, Vice-Chair
433 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4247
E-mail: rep.al.doty@house.mn

Representative Rod Hamilton
209 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5373
E-mail: rep.rod.hamilton@house.mn

Representative Steve Drazkowski
247 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-2273
E-mail: rep.steve.drazkowski@house.mn

Representative Kent Eken
575 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9918
E-mail: rep.kent.eken@house.mn

Representative Tim Faust
567 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0518
E-mail: rep.tim.faust@house.mn

Representative Kory Kath
357 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5368
E-mail: rep.kory.kath@house.mn

Representative Terry Morrow
415 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-8634
E-mail: rep.terry.morrow@house.mn

Representative Dave Olin
593 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9635
E-mail: rep.dave.olin@house.mn

Representative Ron Shimanski
227 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-1534
E-mail: rep.ron.shimanski@house.mn

Representative Dean Urdahl
237 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4344
E-mail: rep.dean.urdahl@house.mn

Please return to www.akc.org for the latest developments regarding HF 253 and SF 7.

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720; or e-mail doglaw@akc.org.