Memphis, TN—Ask City Council to Vote No on Ordinance that Would Restrict Pet Choice
On Tuesday, March 2, the Memphis City Council will hold a third and final vote on an ordinance that makes false claims about breeders and would restrict consumer choice when acquiring a pet. Memphis residents are urged to contact city council members and urge a no vote on the pet store ordinance.  Scroll down for […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/memphis-tn-ask-city-council-vote-no-ordinance-restrict-pet-choice/ | February 26, 2021
Iowa: Subcommittee to Consider Bill Protecting Animal Husbandry on Monday (3/1)
On Monday, an Iowa Senate subcommittee will consider a positive bill that clarifies that certain animal husbandry practices are not included in the definition of animal abuse. Senate File 435 is a very short bill that addresses the current law, which defines animal abuse as any time “A…person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly acts to inflict […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/iowa-subcommittee-consider-bill-protecting-animal-husbandry-monday-3-1/ | February 26, 2021
Pennsylvania: Bill Introduced to Protect Dog Shows from Arbitrary Shut Downs Due to COVID-19 Emergency Orders
This past week, State Representative David Millard introduced House Bill 594 which would restrict the governor’s disaster emergency power to shut down lawful recreational activities. As written and subject to the capacity limitation of the facility, neither the Commonwealth nor any municipality may restrict or impose a limitation through an executive order, proclamation, regulation, resolution […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/pennsylvania-bill-introduced-protect-dog-shows-arbitrary-shut-downs-due-covid-19-emergency-orders/ | February 26, 2021
Minnesota Info: Bill Seeks to Modify the Membership of Board of Animal Health
Minnesota House File 1137, which is scheduled to be considered by the House Agriculture Finance and Policy Committee on Monday, March 1, seeks to modify the membership of the state’s Board of Animal Health. The Board of Animal Health is empowered to quarantine domestic animals with contagious or infectious diseases, to regulate or prohibit the […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/minnesota-info-bill-seeks-modify-membership-board-animal-health/ | February 26, 2021
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/ | February 26, 2021
New Hampshire Alert: Two Bills Impacting Dogs with Hearings on March 1, 2021
The following bills have been scheduled for public hearing on Monday, March 1, 2021.  AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) encourages New Hampshire residents to take action on these bills as follows: RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER 9:00 am - HB 431 would require elected animal control officers take an oath to faithfully discharge their […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-hampshire-alert-two-bills-impacting-dogs-hearings-march-1-2021/ | February 25, 2021
Iowa: Ask Committee to Support Bill Protecting Animal Events and Working Animals TOMORROW (2/25)
Yesterday, a Senate subcommittee passed SSB 1195, and it will be considered by the Senate Agriculture Committee TOMORROW (Thursday, February 25). As stated in a previous alert, this important bill would prevent local governments from passing any law that places significant restrictions – including financial hardships – on the use of working animals or “animal […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/iowa-ask-committee-support-bill-protecting-animal-events-working-animals-tomorrow-2-25/ | February 24, 2021
Oklahoma Committee to Consider Unclear Tethering Restrictions on Thursday (2/25)
On Thursday, February 25, an Oklahoma House committee is considering a bill that would restrict tethering in the state. While some provisions are reasonable, some are very unclear and could have unintended consequences that will impact responsible dog owners and outdoor dog events. Those who reside or participate in performance and other outdoor dog events […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/oklahoma-committee-consider-unclear-tethering-restrictions-thursday-2-25/ | February 23, 2021
Tennessee Bill that Would Authorize Animal Control to Enter Certain Properties Without a Warrant in Committee Tomorrow, Feb. 24
House Bill 361 seeks to authorize any officer of a governmental animal control agency to enter any property or dwelling that the officer reasonably believes is abandoned to rescue any non-livestock animal contained therein. This would expand powers to enter certain private property and confiscate companion animals without first obtaining a warrant.  The bill is […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tennessee-bill-authorize-animal-control-enter-certain-properties-without-warrant-committee-tomorrow-feb-24/ | February 23, 2021
New Hampshire Bill Updates – Week of February 22, 2021
AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) thanks both the New Hampshire residents who contacted lawmakers this month regarding bills impacting dogs and the New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee for the consideration of their comments and the thoughtful review of legislation before them. Two of three helpful bills supported by AKC GR and considered by […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-hampshire-bill-updates-week-february-22-2021/ | February 23, 2021

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