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Legislative Successes

The following list highlights some of the AKC Government Relations’ (AKC GR) legislative successes through January 1, 2024.  These and other victories have been won in cooperation with AKC federations, clubs, and responsible dog owners and breeders around the country who continue to work tirelessly to promote positive canine legislation in their state and community.

To view all Legislative Alerts posted for your state in 2023, as well as the latest information on all bills being tracked by the AKC Government Relations Department, visit the AKC Legislative Action Center at www.akcgr.org.

Arkansas

HB 1591, a bill supported by AKC Government Relations that limits a local government from enacting certain restrictions regarding the acquisition and sales of pets in retail pet stores, was enacted.

California

The City of Los Angeles proposed a moratorium on all breeding permits in an effort to address shelter population concerns. This would impact all who breed in the city, as well as all owners of intact dogs even if they are not currently breeding. The proposal is currently before the Los Angeles City Council.  After significant response from AKC and local clubs, the proposal did not advance in 2023, but does remain pending.  AKC remains in communication with officials from Los Angeles and is working with numerous local club members to address concerns.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors considered a proposal from the Kern County Animal Services Commission that would institute an increased licensing regime in Kern County with severe penalties for a first violation. Current law already requires an unaltered dog permit. Under the proposal, failure to license an unaltered dog could lead to mandatory spay/neuter on one violation of related animal control laws. AKC and local clubs did extensive outreach, and the proposal was held for the remainder of the year.  AKC continues to be in communication with officials from Kern County and is working with numerous local club members to address concerns.

AB 554 could have significantly broadened animal laws to allow for civil action to seize dogs as a “preventative” action prior to the commission of any actual infraction of such laws.  At AKC’s request, the bill was amended to ensure Californians’ rights would be protected from preventative action. Although the bill did not move forward this year, the author will likely attempt to try again next year.

AB-781 requires a county to update its emergency plan to designate emergency shelters able to accommodate persons with pets on or before July 1, 2024.  AKC submitted written and verbal testimony in support of this bill, which passed unanimously out of the Legislature and was signed into law by the governor on October 6, 2023.

Colorado

The City of Lafayette was considering a ban on all sales – including private sales – of dogs in the city.  AKC worked with local clubs and the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs to coordinate verbal and written testimony in opposition.  The proposal was tabled with an agreement that the private sales ban would not be reintroduced.

The City of Colorado Springs proposed a ban on the retail sales of pets in the city.  AKC and the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs joined local businesses and residents in testifying in opposition and encouraging the city to support the humane care of animals and pet choice.  The proposal was defeated by the council.

Connecticut

SB 1069 would have expanded the definition of “animal”, expanded licensed “grooming facility” to include any vehicle or trailer, and removed the definition of “kennel” allowing for personal kennels.  A committee amended SB 1069 preserved the definition of “kennel”; did not expand the definition of “grooming facility”; but used the word “facility” when referring to a hobby breeder. AKC and CFDRDO successfully had an amendment approved removing the “facility” reference and increasing the number of litters requiring a license from two to more than five annually before it became law.

SB 1060 would have expanded the court’s authority to appoint an attorney to represent animals generally. AKC issued an alert and testified in opposition on March 1 with the Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners (CFDRDO). During the Judiciary Committee’s discussion, it became apparent that multiple Connecticut laws define “animal” differently and the bill was passed over.

HB 6714 redefines the crime of sexual contact with an animal.  AKC, CFDRDO and veterinarians expressed concern it could be interpreted as prohibiting routine canine reproduction procedures, such as artificial insemination. It was amended to ensure that bona fide veterinary and animal husbandry purposes would not be inadvertently banned. The bill was signed on June 27 by the Governor.

Delaware

HB 124 and HB 84 would have prohibited owners from allowing dogs to bark continuously for more than 15 minutes, or intermittently for more than 30 minutes per day.  After discussions with the sponsor, HB 124 was amended to exempt dogs engaged in lawful activities including training, hunting, and dog events, and such actions as barking at animals in the yard.  AKC continued to express concerns about the likelihood of neighbor disputes, and the inability of animal control to be able to consider cases on an individual basis.  Further, AKC GR has pointed out that this bill seeks a statewide solution to a local nuisance issue.  HB 84 was stricken by the sponsor and HB 124 was held in the House Appropriations Committee.

Florida

House Bill 941/Senate Bill 942, supported by AKC Government Relations, authorize public housing authorities to adopt policies related to dogs provided such requirements are not specific to the breed, weight or size, and set aside remaining local breed-specific ordinances in the state. SB 942 was signed by the Governor as Chapter No. 2023-253 and takes effect October 1, 2023.

HB 157/SB 518 would have exempted information about persons who have adopted an animal from a local animal shelter or animal control agency from public records requirements. AKC GR expressed concern that this could negatively impact tracking a pet with a disease process and would hide pet trafficking under the guise of rescue from public oversight. Both bills ultimately were held in the Senate.

HB 849/SB 800 sought to prohibit pet stores from selling dogs and cats and would have allowed the enactment and enforcement of more stringent municipal and county ordinances regarding any animal sale. AKC Government Relations conferred with stakeholders and closely monitored this legislation for amendments that would impact breeders. The bills did not receive committee hearings and failed upon adjournment.

HB 989/SB 1006 would have authorized a separate advocate be appointed in the interests of justice for certain civil and criminal proceedings regarding an animal’s welfare or custody. AKC GR released alerts and testimony in opposition to HB 989. Both bills were ultimately held in committee.

SB 932 sought to criminalize allowing a dog to have its nose out of a vehicle; certain accepted and safe transport methods for dogs; and unattended tethering of dogs. It also sought to establish an animal abuser registry that would have included restrictions on both the abuser and others not charged with or complicit in an offense. SB 932 received negative media attention and constituent opposition. AKC GR strongly opposed this bill, which was held in committee.

HB 1047/SB 1300, supported by AKC GR, increase protections for police, fire, and search and rescue canines.  These protections were signed by the Governor and took effect October 1, 2023.

HB 7063, among numerous other provisions, establishes sales tax holidays in 2023 for purchases of certain supplies necessary for the evacuation of household pets, including pet foods, portable kennels/carriers, pet beds, and other items. AKC GR contacted legislative staff in support of specified sections of the bill that provided benefits to pet owners. The section that abates sales tax on certain pet supplies took effect May 27 through June 9 and August 26 through September 8 in 2023.

House Bill 719/Senate Bill 722 allow certain out-of-state veterinarians to provide specified services under the supervision of a veterinarian licensed in the state. AKC GR met with the House sponsor on this legislation which was signed by the Governor and took effect July 1, 2023.

Georgia

HB 217 is an animal fighting bill that contains prohibitions on possessing, purchasing, or selling “fighting related objects.” AKC GR and the Georgia Canine Coalition sought clarifying language so that the use of treadmills and other common dog training, conditioning, and physical therapy “objects” cannot be misinterpreted. The bill did not advance and carries over to the 2024 session.

HB 423/SB 155 are positive measures that increase protections for public safe animals, which include law enforcement and search and rescue animals. AKC GR conferred with legislative staff in support of this legislation. SB 155 was enacted and took effect July 1, 2023.

SB 142 seeks to expand the definition of “dangerous dog” to include]: (i) Unprovoked barking, when people are present; (ii) Aggressively running along fence lines when people are present; or (iii) Escaping confinement or restraint to chase people.” The owner of a “dangerous dog” would be required to obtain $500,000 in liability insurance. Despite opposition expressed by AKC regarding certain provisions of the bill, it has 36 co-sponsors and carried over to the next session. AKC GR will continue to monitor this legislation in 2024.

Hawaii

AKC opposed House Bill 849, which seeks to limit consumer choice by requiring pet stores to sell dogs obtained only from animal control or a shelter/rescue.  AKC issued a grassroots advocacy alert and submitted testimony in opposition to HB 849.  The House Committee on Agriculture and Food Systems considered the bill February 13, and deferred the measure.

Illinois

HB 1049 would prohibit homeowners’ and renters’ insurers from canceling, refusing, or raising premiums for coverage based solely on the breed of dog owned by the insured.  AKC sent letters in support of this bill and issued alerts encouraging our local clubs to do the same.  This law is a good first step in protecting resident Illinois dog owners.  It was signed into law on June 9.

SB 1499 as introduced would have allowed forfeiture of animals for virtually any violation of state law regarding the care of animals.  AKC and the state federation expressed concerns that this could include minor, correctable infractions.  After meeting with the sponsor and county and state attorneys, it was amended to only apply to true acts of cruelty.  A further amendment allows for a person to be under supervision rather than convicted of certain cruelty charges.  The bill was signed on August 4.

HB 3200 would require genetic testing for all dogs owned by dog breeders.  If any “genetic defect or mutation that causes early death or physical impairments” is found, the dog must be immediately sterilized.  AKC and IFDCO provided extensive information to the sponsor about genetic testing and responsible breeding practices in response to this problematic measure.   As a result, the sponsor agreed to hold the bill for the year and it did not receive a hearing.

HB 1169 would provide a legal advocate (lawyer) for dogs or cats in court cases involving its health, safety, or an injury.  At the request of AKC, an amendment was added clarifying that the bill does not change the legal status of animals as property, but concerns still remained. The bill was held, and AKC and the state federation continue to communicate with the sponsor, as the bill could be reconsidered in 2024.

SB 1372 seeks to license all dog trainers, including handling, agility, CGC, performance events, and other training classes.  AKC GR, the Illinois federation, and multiple national dog training organizations are expressing strong concerns with this bill, which would only allow for one training philosophy and could severely limit training options in the state.  After meetings with the sponsor and key lawmakers, the bill was held and did not receive a hearing in 2023.  The sponsor has committed to continuing to work with us, as the bill could be reconsidered in 2024.

HB 3695 would expand the laws prohibiting exotic animals from being used for exhibition in the state.  However, it defines “exotic animal” as any animal that does not originate in the United States.  AKC GR and the state federation reached out to the sponsor asking for an amendment to clarify that this definition does not apply to domesticated animals, including dogs.  The sponsor committed to holding the bill for the 2023 session.  It could be reconsidered in 2024.

Kansas

HB 2437 would have required cost of care payments for seized animals even for minor violations of the Kansas Pet Animal Act and would have led to loss of ownership of dogs for anyone that could not pay for monthly cost of care within 10 days of receiving a bill even if they were ultimately found not guilty. AKC submitted opposition to the House Agriculture Committee, where the bill ultimately died without a vote.

Kentucky

House Bill 103 sought to expand Kentucky’s animal cruelty provisions. Although HB 103 contained certain protective provisions, AKC GR joined sportsmen’s groups in expressing concerns about the bill as originally filed. As introduced, HB 103 would have provided that a dog with a parasite, such as a tick or flea, was suffering from “physical infirmity” that could result in a felony charge of “torture” against the owner. The definition of physical infirmity in the bill was amended to read in part, “mange or other skin disease or parasitic infestation that has been refused medical care.” HB 103, as amended, passed in the House, but did not advance in Senate committees.

House Bill 115 includes electronics detection dogs in the state’s definition of “service animal” and thereby extends protections under existing law that make assault on a service animal a felony. The bill also includes a definition of and protections for a “police dog.”  AKC monitored and supported this bill through its final form, which was signed by the Governor on April 4.

House Bill 212 addressed dangerous dog law and sought to expand certain penalties, including prohibitions on owning dogs for five years. AKC GR discussed with legislative staff concerns that the bill would eliminate judicial discretion in determining appropriate penalties, particularly for lower-level offenses. The bill did not advance during the 2023 session.

House Bill 321 attempted to problematically amend vicious dog law. It included a prohibition on the possession of dogs for certain offenses; an expansion of animal confiscation provisions; establishing cost of care requirements for confiscated animals and forfeiture of the dogs if not paid by the owner; and granting immunity for releasing a dog from a vehicle without consideration of consequences of such action. AKC GR conferred with legislators and their staff members in both chambers who had opposed a bill with similar provisions in a prior session. The bill failed in the House Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 56 sought to prohibit pet stores from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits, but did not restrict pet stores from showcasing pets from animal shelters and nonprofit organizations that “adopt” animals. Showcasing of pets would have been prohibited for any entity affiliated with a breeder, thereby excluding many club-related volunteer dog-rehoming groups. AKC GR reached out directly to committee member and staff to express concerns with this bill, which failed in the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Senate Bill 92, as amended, would have included provisions regarding the definitions of assistant dog and emotional support animal; provided that a therapeutic relationship with a healthcare provider does not include transactions for documentation of disability in exchange for fee unless there has been a face-to-face in-office consultation with the health care provider; and made it a violation to misrepresent a dog as an assistance dog to gain accommodation. AKC GR supported the bill in principle, but expressed concerns to legislative staff that, as introduced, it contained certain provisions potentially in violation of federal law. A corrected committee substitute bill passed in the Senate but did not advance in the House.

Senate Bill 230 sought to create procedures for seizing agencies to petition a court to order payment of animal care costs by the owner. AKC expressed concerns to the Senate Agriculture Committee Chair and forwarded talking points from a similar bill that was defeated in 2022. The 2023 version of the bill failed in the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Minnesota

SF 2744, an omnibus Department of Commerce bill, in part prohibits homeowner’s insurance companies from refusing to issue or renew, or canceling an insurance policy or contract basely solely on a specific breed or mixture of breeds.  AKC encouraged grassroots support by issuing an action alert and submitted testimony.  The bill was signed into law on May 24, 2023.

HF 1276 and SF 1317, sought to only allow pet stores to sell dogs obtained from animal control or a shelter/rescue.  In opposing these bills, AKC issued action alerts and submitted testimony.  Both bills were ultimately held in committee.

Mississippi

HB 530 was an overreaching dangerous dog bill that sought to authorize confiscation of a dog following certain complaints. It also would have allowed a dog to be declared dangerous under loosely stated provisions. The bill included broad requirements regarding euthanasia of dogs declared dangerous and other problematic provisions. AKC conferred with stakeholders and sportsmen’s groups regarding the bill’s potential negative impacts and provided AKC materials as talking points in support of grassroots opposition against the bill’s receiving a hearing. It died in the House Judiciary B Committee.

New Hampshire

In addition to defining biodiversity and requiring its inclusion in certain land use regulations, SB 164 would have authorized entering into private contracts for “guardianship” appointments to preserve the rights of domestic animals and wild animals.  AKC issued an alert in opposition. AKC was joined by New Hampshire Dog Owners of the Granite State (NH DOGS) and multiple stakeholders testifying in opposition to the guardianship provisions of the bill. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee significantly amended the bill and removed all guardianship text before voting it ought to pass on February 15.

SB 268 allows for pre-hospital treatment and transportation for police canines injured in the line of duty. AKC and many others testified in support of the bill throughout the process. An amended version passed the House on May 4 and the Senate concurred with the amended bill on June 1. Governor Sununu signed it into law July 28 as Chapter 175.

New Jersey

AKC opposed Assembly Bill 1965, which sought to establish a courtroom advocates for animals program.  After passing a committee hearing, the bill failed to receive further consideration.  The bill has been refiled in the new session.

AKC shared deep concerns about Assembly Bill 4920, which sought to regulate “residential kennels” as defined by the bill, and to impose numerous requirements, including municipal licensing and inspection requirements, commercial kennel operation standards, and onerous recordkeeping requirements.  After its introduction, the bill failed to receive consideration.

Senate Bill 1803 sought to prohibit declawing procedures from being performed on cats and other animals unless deemed necessary for a therapeutic purpose by a licensed veterinarian.  AKC opposed the bill because its vague provisions may have prohibited common and accepted animal husbandry practices from being performed on dogs, including injury-preventing dewclaw removal procedures.  The bill passed one committee but failed to receive further consideration in a second policy committee.  The bill has been refiled in the new session.

A late introduction in the previous session, Senate Bill 4079 sought to impose a statewide ban on the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores; and to completely repeal New Jersey’s Pet Purchase Protection Act, which allows for consumer restitution if an animal they purchase becomes seriously ill or dies within 14 days after purchase and a veterinarian certifies that the animal as unfit for purchase.  The bill received a “discussion only” hearing.  The bill has been refiled in the new session.

New Mexico

SB 429 would have prohibited tethering dogs for longer than 3 hours and would have impacted AKC events. AKC secured an amendment to protect dog sports and urged additional amendments. The bill was ultimately held in committee.

New York

Senate Bill 142 would have banned “debarking” – a veterinary practice also known as bark softening.  This bill would have prohibited veterinarians from performing this procedure unless it is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect.  AKC issued statements of opposition to the sponsor and full Senate, and issued alerts encouraging our clubs to do the same.  The bill passed the Senate but was held in the Assembly Agriculture Committee.

Senate Bill 4099/Assembly Bill 2917 make certain hunting competitions illegal.  Prior to passage, amendments were added at the request of AKC and sportsmen to protect training, performance events, and certain other hunting activities.  This measure has been signed by the governor.

Assembly Bill 3714/Senate Bill 5674 would have prohibited ear cropping and tail docking unless necessary to treat an illness or injury.  These bills are introduced every year.  AKC met with leadership of the committees where these bills were assigned to express our concerns with these measure, and the bills once again were not scheduled for a hearing.

Oklahoma

HB 2059 will lessen the reporting burden for state licensed dog breeders. Previous law required a yearly application and a yearly report on the number of dogs possessed but this bill removes the reporting requirement. AKC expressed written support of the bill throughout the legislative process to lessen the burden on licensed breeders and issued alerts to encourage breeders to support the bill as well. The bill was signed by the Governor and immediately went into effect.

HB 1992, also known as the Dog and Cat Bill of Rights, did not create new requirements or law, but if it were codified it could open the door for a radical shift in the legal status of animals by declaring that animals have inherent “rights”.  AKC met with the House Agriculture Committee Chair to urge him not hear this bill and he agreed.

Oregon

AKC worked closely with a broad coalition that succeeded in stopping an animal extremist proposal for the 2024 ballot that would have banned all hunting activities and many recognized, humane training techniques.  It also sought to criminalize standard animal husbandry practices such as artificial insemination. While it is expected that supporters will attempt to gather signatures again for 2026, this was a significant victory for dog owners, breeders, and those who participate in performance events in the state.

Pennsylvania

SB 746 updates the Commonwealth’s Dog Law. AKC participated in a stakeholder meeting ahead of the formal introduction and succeeded in getting language put in to remove the difference in license fees in current law for intact and sterilized animals and ensure that language regarding dangerous dogs was reasonable and clear.  When introduced, both bills contained language not included in the stakeholders’ agreed draft that removed an existing provision providing an exemption from licensing and health certification requirements for dogs entering the Commonwealth temporarily to participate in dog events. Further, the legislation changed the provision of a veterinarian issued health certificate to an interstate certification of veterinarian inspection.  AKC GR worked directly with the sponsor and committee chairs and issued alerts to local clubs urging an amendment to reinstate the protection for dog shows and activities in the state.  As a result, AKC was successful in securing an amendment to reinstate this important exemption.  Governor Josh Shapiro signed Senate Bill 746 into law (Act No. 18 of 2023) on October 23.

Rhode Island

HB 5114 would have permitted the family court to award custody of household pets to the plaintiff in a domestic abuse complaint, including the enforcement remedy of a restraining order or other injunctive relief. AKC expressed concerns at the February 14 hearing about using the legal term “custody”, given the three types of child custody. The bill did not advance this session.

HB 5207 would have established an animal abuser registry and require pet sellers to check the registry before transferring an animal to avoid fines.  AKC testified with other stakeholders that a better use of the State’s resources would be to focus on and utilize enforcement activities that are proven effective. The bill did not advance this session.

South Carolina

HB 3682 and similar SB 456 eliminate necessary protections under current law regarding the award of costs of care for a confiscated animal. AKC GR issued numerous alerts, submitted testimony, and provided analysis of the negative effects of this type of legislation. H 3682 was favorably amended in Senate committee; however, significant concerns remain. H 3682 is pending a second vote in the Senate. These bills, which are strongly opposed by AKC GR, carry over to year two of the 2023-2024 session.

House 3247, a bill supported by AKC Government Relations, seeks to increase penalties for maltreating a police K9. It is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. AKC GR met with a bill sponsor and staff to express support. The bill did not receive a hearing in the House Committee on Judiciary in 2023, after which AKC GR contacted staff and offered to support it in 2024 should sponsors seek advance the bill in year two of the session.

H 3238, among other provisions, seeks to require a person, on a second conviction for animal cruelty offenses, to forfeit all animals and to not own an animal for up to five years, regardless of the nature or severity of the offense. It also contains provisions that would require payment of costs of care by a person convicted of cruelty. AKC expressed concerns with the bill to the sponsor’s staff and recommended amendments to the forfeiture provisions while retaining the section that provided for payment of cost of care following conviction. It was assigned the House Committee on Judiciary but did not receive a hearing this year. H. 3238 carries over to year 2 of the 2023-2024 session.

Tennessee

HB 165/SB 451 positively revise certain provisions for a “guide dog” in training and the penalties for misrepresentation of service or support animal. AKC conferred with staff for the bill’s sponsors regarding consistency of language in this legislation. SB 451 was signed by the Governor as Public Chapter 194 and took effect July 1, 2023. 

House Bill 398/Senate Bill 183 require mental health evaluation and treatment for juveniles who commit aggravated animal cruelty under certain circumstances. Because this legislation enacted additional provisions to existing felony animal cruelty laws, AKC Government Relations closely monitored these bills for potentially problematic amendments throughout the legislative process. SB 183, which was signed by the Governor and took effect July 1, 2023.

House Bill 472/SB 195would have established overreaching requirements and engineering standards for “necessary shelter” for a dog. At the request of committee members, AKC Government Relations submitted recommended amendments. Both bills were favorably amended. SB 195 was signed by the Governor and took effect July 1, 2023.

House Bill 1126/Senate Bill 1320 require a judge to order payment of restitution by an owner who is convicted of allowing their dog to run loose and the dog causes bodily injury or death to another person, or damages another person’s property, including the award of incidental and consequential damages. AKC Government Relations analyzed the scope of “incidental and consequential damages” pursuant to state law and closely monitored this legislation for potentially problematic amendment throughout the legislative process. SB 1320 was signed by the Governor, and took effect July 1, 2023.

House Bill 1320/Senate Bill 835 seek to criminalize restraining a dog with a chain, cord, tether, cable, or similar device under certain weather forecasts and during evacuation orders, and do not consider that forecasted conditions may not occur where the dog is kept, or that tethers can be used to safely restrain a dog prior to or during an evacuation.  AKC GR conferred with Senate Committee Chair staff and submitted a letter of concern to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Both bills remain pending in committee, and neither is expected be considered in 2023. AKC GR continues to monitor this legislation through the two-year session.

Texas

HB 3587 would have required mandatory spay and neuter for any at large dog that was caught by a releasing agency for a second time in the dog’s lifetime. AKC reached out to the sponsor in early 2023 to express our opposition to the bill and it ultimately never received a hearing.

HB 66 would have required anyone that housed 3 or more dogs to install fire sprinklers and retain 24-hour employees. AKC expressed concerns with this bill and ultimately HB 2063 was filed as a substitute to address the issues we raised with the original bill.  HB 2063 requires kennel facility operators (those who are providing boarding for breeding, sheltering, training, hunting, “or similar purposes” for more than three dogs for compensation) to provide written notice to owners if their pet will be left unattended and without a fire sprinkler system.  We thanked the sponsor for considering our concerns with HB 66 and developing a more reasonable solution.  HB 2063 was signed into law.

HB 3756 offered liability protections for individuals who remove a domestic animal from a motor vehicle if the person had a good faith and reasonable belief it was necessary to avoid imminent harm.  AKC GR expressed concerns about negative unintended consequences with individuals being permitted to unilaterally remove animals from vehicles – including concerns about safety to the animal, and liability concerns if the dog was not in fact in danger. The bill ultimately died in the Senate.

HB 4164, supported by AKC, makes it a misdemeanor to misrepresent a service animal.  AKC expressed written support for this bill, which was signed by the governor.

Senate Bill 16 and House Bill 73 were dangerous dog bills introduced during the second Texas Called Session. The bills deemed a dog “dangerous” if it causes bodily injury. This broad definition could have led to unintended consequences such as a playful dog being deemed dangerous and the owner being charged with a misdemeanor. AKC reached out to the sponsors and other lawmakers to express concerns in July. As a result, the bill did not receive consideration during the session. During the 2023 Regular Session an identical bill, HB 4759 was vetoed by the governor.

Utah

House Bill 359 as introduced would have required a permit for anyone who breeds and sells one dog in the state, with regulations to be developed by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.  After discussions with the sponsor and communications with other House members, numerous amendments were added to remove the permit requirements, exempt hobbyists, and ensure that the regulation of pet breeding facilities do not include private homes.  The bill passed the House but did not receive a Senate vote before the end of session.  The sponsor has asked AKC to meet in the interim to discuss alternatives for next session.

Virginia

HB 1984 as introduced sought to amend the definition of “adequate water” by specifying that for dogs, “adequate water” means water that is continuously available, unless restricted by a veterinarian, in a receptacle that is cleaned and sanitized before being used to provide water to a different dog or a different social grouping of dogs.  AKC expressed numerous questions to the sponsor and committee on the impact of this on crating, events, transportation, grooming, and even walking dogs.  The sponsor discussed various amendments, but this bill was left in Committee.  Session ended on February 25, 2023.