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 […] | 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 […] | 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 […] | 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 […] | 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 […] | 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 […] | 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 […] | 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 […] | February 23, 2021
Missouri: Senate Committee to Consider Banning Breed-Specific Laws Tomorrow (2/24)
The Missouri Senate Local Government Committee is scheduled to consider a bill on Wednesday, February 24, that would prohibit any county or municipality (including those under home rule) from controlling or regulating specific breeds of dogs.  Senate Bill 107 would also make any existing breed-specific law in the state null and void. Counties and municipalities […] | February 23, 2021
Nevada: Ask Committee to Support Ban on Insurance Breed Discrimination on Wednesday (2/24)
The Nevada Senate Commerce and Labor Committee is considering a bill on Wednesday, February 24, that would prohibit homeowner’s insurance providers from refusing or cancelling coverage or increasing premiums based solely on the breed of dog owned by the policy holder. All responsible dog owners and breeders in Nevada are encouraged to contact the committee […] | February 23, 2021

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