State Reopenings and Status of Pet Care Services 
The following chart provides information on COVID-19 shelter in place/closure orders with respect to rules impacting access to pet care, supplies, and services.  This document will be updated to reflect changing circumstances as new information becomes available. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many states are shutting down all but what they deem to be essential […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/status-animal-services-state-closures/ | September 30, 2020
North Carolina: Burke County Hearing Tomorrow (September 30) on Breeder Permits
The Burke County Animal Advisory Board has scheduled another a public hearing for Wednesday, September 30, 2020, to further discuss proposed county breeder permits, tethering regulations and, according to the notice, “possibly an unaltered impounded animal fine”. Local breeders, sportsmen, and dog owners are strongly encouraged to attend the hearing and continue to express your […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/north-carolina-burke-county-hearing-tomorrow-september-30-breeder-permits/ | September 29, 2020
Status Of Legislatures Impacted by COVID-19
As you may have already seen, the COVID-19 outbreak and preventative public health measures are having a significant impact on legislative schedules and hearings around the country. Schedules are evolving rapidly.  As of (11:00 AM on 9/28/20), here are the latest schedule updates impacting legislation at the state and federal level. Please continue to check […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/status-legislatures-impacted-covid-19/ | September 29, 2020
TX Update: Sunset Commission Still Accepting Comments on Elimination of Ineffective and Costly Licensed Breeders Program
The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is still accepting comments on its June staff report recommendation that the state’s Licensed Breeder Program should be eliminated due to fundamental flaws with the law that created it, the program’s ineffectiveness, and significant operational costs. The Commission was originally scheduled to consider the recommendation at an August hearing, but […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tx-update-sunset-commission-still-accepting-comments-elimination-ineffective-costly-licensed-breeders-program/ | September 24, 2020
Minnesota Regulatory Info: Board of Animal Health Creates New Dog Import Regulations to Help Prevent African Swine Fever
Last week, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced a new 10-day quarantine requirement for dogs imported into Minnesota from countries that have had a recent outbreak of, or are endemic for, African Swine Fever (ASF).  According to the World Organisation for Animal Health’s World Animal Health Information System, those countries are located in Africa, […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/minnesota-regulatory-info-board-animal-health-creates-new-dog-import-regulations-help-prevent-african-swine-fever/ | September 24, 2020
Michigan: Ask the House to Support Ban on Breed-Specific Legislation
A bill continues to advance in Michigan that would prevent local governments from passing laws banning or restricting specific breeds. Municipalities would still be permitted to enact other dangerous and potentially dangerous dog laws, so long as these laws do not target specific breeds. The AKC supports House Bill 4035, which protects the rights of […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/michigan-ask-house-support-ban-breed-specific-legislation/ | September 24, 2020
California Governor Signs Multiple Animal-Related Bills
California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed several bills impacting dog owners, exhibitors, and sellers in the state: Assembly Bill 2257 – This bill addresses concerns raised by a law passed in 2019 that requires certain independent contractors to be treated as employees. The concern was raised that this could require clubs to provide benefits, workers […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/california-governor-signs-multiple-animal-related-bills/ | September 23, 2020
Your 2020 Election Guide
Election Day 2020 is Tuesday, November 3. This year, the U.S. President, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate, 13 governorships, and countless other state and local elections will be contested. To preserve the future of purebred dogs, it’s important to identify dog-friendly candidates and use your […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/2020-election-guide/ | September 16, 2020
Kittery, Maine Update: Proposed Animal Ordinance Proceeding, Beach Access Working Group to be Formed
After cancelling a September 9th special meeting to receive public input on proposed restrictions on dogs at public beaches, the Kittery, Maine, Town Council voted on Monday, September 14, 2020, to schedule a vote on proposed changes that clarify language dealing with feral cats, barking (disturbing the peace), definition improvements, and dog waste removal requirements.  […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/kittery-maine-update-proposed-animal-ordinance-proceeding-beach-access-working-group-formed/ | September 15, 2020
Ask Michigan Committee to Support Ban on Breed-Specific Dog Laws Tomorrow (9/15)
The Michigan House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to consider a bill tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15, 2020, that seeks to protect the rights of responsible dog owners in the state by prohibiting municipalities from enacting breed-specific policies.  This would be a significant step forward for Michigan dog owners, as there are several localities that […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ask-michigan-committee-support-ban-breed-specific-dog-laws-tomorrow-9-15/ | September 14, 2020

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