Virginia Tethering Bills voted out of Senate and House Committees and on to full Chambers for vote – Call Today!
Bills regulating leaving dogs outdoors and allowing localities to arbitrarily pass laws regulating the care of dogs continue to move in Virginia.  Virginia residents are strongly encouraged to contact their State Delegate and Senator TODAY and express concerns on these bills (Scroll down for contact information). Summary: The Virginia Senate ACNR Committee recently passed Senate […] | February 6, 2020
MA Update: Deadline to Vote on Massachusetts Animals Bills Delayed Until March 2
Yesterday, several committees of the Massachusetts General Court took procedural action on dog-related bills.  Some bills were ordered to study, which means that they will likely not be considered for the remainder of the legislative session, while others had their deadlines for further consideration extended. BILLS SENT TO STUDY: The Joint Judiciary Committee ordered multiple […] | February 6, 2020
Hawaii Senate Bill to Further Restrict Humane Tethering
The Hawaii Senate is considering a bill that would prohibit the humane tethering of dogs if dog under the age of six months and without supervision by its owner or an agent of its owner. The bill, Senate Bill 677, would also prohibit tethering a dog restrained by means of a choke collar, pinch collar, […] | February 6, 2020
UPDATE (2/4): Hearing Postponed – Hawaii House Bill Seeks to Limit Docking and Cropping
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 This bill has been removed from the February 5 agenda and AKC Government Relations will update when developments warrant. Monday, February 3, 2020 The American Kennel Club is concerned with Hawaii House Bill 2163.  The bill, introduced by Representative Roy Mitsuo Takumi, seeks to limit the practices of surgical births, debarking, […] | February 3, 2020
SOUTH DAKOTA: Bill Seeks to Include Psychiatric Disability and Mental Disability in Service Animal Definition
South Dakota Senate Bill 84 seeks to provide additional categories in its Service Animal Definition.  The bill will be considered by the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:45 AM in Room 412. South Dakota law already allows individuals who are totally or partially physically disabled, totally or partially blind, or totally […] | February 3, 2020
Iowa: Support Bill Protecting Dog Ownership Rights in Subcommittee on Wednesday (2/5)
An Iowa House Subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill on Wednesday, February 5, that contains several provisions updating current laws to protect dog ownership. Those who reside or participate in dog events in Iowa are encouraged to contact the subcommittee members prior to Wednesday’s hearing and express your support for the provisions of House […] | February 3, 2020
Urge IL Committee to Support Bill Prohibiting Breed Discrimination in Insurance Policies
A bill assigned to the Illinois Senate Insurance Committee would protect the rights of dog owners in the state by preventing insurance companies from canceling, refusing, or imposing an increased premium on policies based on a specific breed of dog. Illinois dog owners are encouraged to contact the Illinois Senate Insurance Committee and ask them […] | February 3, 2020
Virginia Senate Committee to Consider Tethering bill and Others Tomorrow (2/4) – Call Today!
The Virginia full Senate ACNR Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 272 TOMORROW (Tuesday, February 4).  This is the Senate version of House Bill 1552.  Both bills seek to modify or include provisions that were not included in the tethering legislation that was just passed and became law last session.  Unlike House Bill 1552, […] | February 3, 2020
Florida – Bills of Concern to Breeders, Dog Owners, and Veterinarians in Committees Next Week (Feb. 3 and 4)
New and advancing bills of concern to breeders, dog owners, and veterinarians are scheduled for hearings at the Florida state legislature on Monday, Feb.  3 and Tuesday, Feb. 4. SB 1698 is on the agenda of the Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology on Monday, February 3.  Among other provisions, this bill would require […] | January 31, 2020
New York: Bills Regulating Dogs Outdoors, Limiting Pet Choice To Be Considered Monday (2/3)
The New York Senate Domestic Animal Welfare Committee is scheduled to consider several bills on Monday impacting New York dog owners and future dog owners.  New York residents are urged to contact the committee to express your comments prior to the hearing (scroll down for contact information). Bills on the agenda for the Monday, February […] | January 31, 2020

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