Utah Update: Bill Amended to No Longer Regulate Breeders, But Would Regulate Rescues
Yesterday, the Utah House of Representatives passed a substitute version of a bill that would have regulated breeders in the state.  The latest version now only regulates rescues and shelters, and no longer impacts breeders at all. As passed by the House of Representatives, House Bill 478 would place regulations on shelters and rescues, including […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/utah-update-bill-amended-no-longer-regulate-breeders-regulate-rescues/ | February 28, 2024
California Update: Legislature Introduces Numerous Bills Regarding Dogs
The California legislative session has begun, and AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) is tracking several bills of interest to dog owners.  We also are closely watching for any amendments or other actions, as animal activists have made public comments indicating their desire to regulate breeders. Be sure to be checking the AKC Legislative Action Center […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/california-update-legislature-introduces-numerous-bills-regarding-dogs/ | February 28, 2024
Washington: Bill Protecting Pets and Owners in Extreme Weather Nears Finish Line
On Monday, February 26, a bill that would protect owners and pets during extreme weather situations cleared another hurdle after being voted out of the state Senate Ways and Means Committee. As the bill has already passed the House of Representatives, the last remaining action in the Legislature is a vote by the whole state […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/washington-bill-protecting-pets-owners-extreme-weather-nears-finish-line/ | February 28, 2024
Utah: Breeder Bill with AKC Amendments Advancing
On Friday, the Utah House Business and Labor Committee passed a bill regulating breeders that contains many amendments requested by the AKC in the 2023 session.  House Bill 478 will soon be considered by the full House of Representatives. Those who wish to comment on HB 478 are encouraged to contact their State Representative.  Visit […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/utah-breeder-bill-akc-amendments-advancing/ | February 26, 2024
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Proposes Amendments to Field Trial Rules
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has proposed new rules applying to field trials on its properties.  If adopted, changes include: Starting January 1, 2025, the costs for permits for pointing, retrieving, and flushing breed field trials would increase, from $70 to $100 per day. Starting January 1, 2025, the costs for permits for […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/illinois-department-natural-resources-proposes-amendments-field-trial-rules/ | February 26, 2024
Update: Hearing Re-Scheduled for Radical New Hampshire Bill That Would Criminalize Breeding Some Dogs
The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the New Hampshire Dogs Owners of the Granite State (NH DOGS) have been notified by the House Environment and Agriculture Committee that the public hearing on House Bill 1102 will take place on March 5, 2024, at 1PM. AKC clubs and NH DOGS are collaborating in strong opposition to […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/update-hearing-re-scheduled-radical-new-hampshire-bill-criminalize-breeding-dogs/ | February 23, 2024
Tennessee: Updates on Bills Impacting Dogs, New Hearing Information
New Bill Information:  HB 1875/SB 1767, as introduced, seek to expand the definition of "racketeering activity" to include committing, conspiring to commit, aiding, attempting to aid, soliciting, coercing, facilitating, or intimidating another person to commit the offense of animal fighting.  SB 1767 is on the calendar of the Senate Judiciary Committee. AKC Government Relations (AKC […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tennessee-updates-bills-impacting-dogs-new-hearing-information/ | February 23, 2024
Kentucky: Support Positive Amendments Filed to Bills that Impact Dogs
Two bills of interest to Kentucky dog owners are advancing in the Kentucky legislature. While the American Kennel Club (AKC) continues to monitor positive developments with House bill 258, we urge Kentucky dog owners to express support of an important amendment to Senate Bill 157. House Bill 258 is an animal cruelty bill that seeks […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/kentucky-support-positive-amendments-filed-bills-impact-dogs/ | February 23, 2024
Maryland Information: Senate Committee to Consider Bill Eliminating Cap on Compensatory Damages
On Thursday, February 29, 2024, the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hold a hearing on a bill seeks to remove the cap on compensatory damages for which a person who tortiously causes an injury to or death of a pet is liable. Those who wish may comment on this bill using the information below. […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/maryland-information-senate-committee-consider-bill-eliminating-cap-compensatory-damages/ | February 23, 2024
CT Alert: Hearing Wednesday – Oppose Change to Grooming Facility License Definition
The Connecticut Joint Environment Committee’s public hearing agenda for Wednesday, February 28, 2024, includes HB 5223; which would, as part of a handful of provisions under the oversight of the Department of Agriculture, amend the legal definition of “grooming facility” to include those doing business in “any vehicle or trailer”.  As a result, professional handlers […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ct-alert-hearing-wednesday-oppose-change-grooming-facility-license-definition/ | February 23, 2024

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