Illinois: Multiple Bills with Significant Impact on Dog Owners Continue to Advance, Contact Lawmakers Today
The Illinois Legislature returned from Spring Break and immediately continued work on bills impacting dog owners and breeders in the state.  AKC and the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs are working hard to advocate for responsible purebred dog owners. We urge dog owners, Illinois dog clubs and breeders to join us in working to protect […] | April 16, 2021
NH Update: Hearing on Three Helpful Bills Before Committee on Monday, April 19, 2021
Starting at 1pm on Monday, April 19, 2021, three animal bills that have favorably passed the New Hampshire House of Representatives will be considered by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) strongly encourages those who reside in New Hampshire to contact the committee right away to express support. […] | April 15, 2021
Alabama: AKC Supports Bill that Reduces a Barrier to Use of Detection Dogs
Senate Bill 353, which seeks to exempt gross proceeds from the sale or lease of detection dogs from rental, sales, and use taxes in Alabama, has been reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Finance and Tax Education. SB 353 defines a detection dog as a dog trained to use its senses to detect substances […] | April 15, 2021
West Virginia: 2021 Legislative Session Review
Recently, the West Virginia General Assembly adjourned its 2021 session.  While very few bills relating to dogs and dog owners got much traction, AKC Government Relations did monitor a few bills of note. Those bills monitored by AKC Government Relations included: House Bill 2095 was comprehensive legislation seeking to enhance West Virginia’s animal welfare laws […] | April 14, 2021
CT Update: Service Animals Clarifications Bill Sent to Second Committee
Yesterday, the Connecticut House of Representatives sent an amended version of HB 6318 to the Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees.  The bill, which has already been favorably released by the Joint Human Services Committee, would: Provide public employees with paid leave for up to 20 days to train with a newly-acquired service animal, […] | April 14, 2021
Alabama—Urge Amendments to Problematic Sections of Tethering Bill, Scheduled for Committee Hearing Tomorrow Morning, 4/15/21
House Bill 551 seeks to establish requirements and restrictions for tethering a dog. As introduced, HB 551 includes certain problematic provisions. The bill’s sponsor has indicated willingness to amend the bill to address concerns while maintaining sections that provide protections for dogs. HB 551 is on the agenda of the House Committee on Agriculture and […] | April 14, 2021
Five Things You and Your Club Can Do Today to Fight CA AB 702 – Regulation of all Breeders
On April 27, the California Assembly Business and Professions Committee will consider Assembly Bill 702 – a bill that would mandate licensing for all breeders as commercial enterprises and create many new vague, unnecessary, and arbitrary regulations that could be difficult for hobby breeders – especially those who live in residential areas – to meet. […] | April 14, 2021
Texas Info: Dangerous Dogs, Tethering & Sales Bills Set for Committee Consideration this Week
Four dog-related bills will be considered by Texas legislative committees this week.  Information on each bill and legislator contact information is available, below.  Texas residents are encouraged to share their thoughts on these bills with committee members. On Tuesday, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee is set to consider SB 474, which would amend the state’s […] | April 12, 2021
Chicago URGENT ALERT: City Council Committee to Consider Hobby Dog Breeder Restrictions on April 12 – Call Now!
A proposal to ban dog breeding without extensive permits and requirements and to limit consumer protection has been resurrected in the Chicago City Council.  The proposal is set for consideration by the council’s Health and Human Services Committee on April 12. Those who reside, have registered a litter, or participate in breed rescue activities in […] | April 7, 2021
California: Breeder Permits Bill AB 702 Set for April 27 Hearing – Contact the Committee Today!
On Tuesday, April 27, the California Assembly Business and Professions Committee will consider Assembly Bill 702. It is crucial that all dog owners, breeders, and club members in the state contact the committee TODAY and ask them to OPPOSE Assembly Bill 702.  Let them know how this would impact you as a California resident (scroll […] | April 7, 2021

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