ME Update: Bill Increasing ME Veterinary Workforce Needs Your Help!
On February 15, the Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business unanimously voted in support of LD 1885, as amended, which seeks to increase Maine’s veterinary workforce through updates to the state’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Program.  The program provides competitive, need-based, forgivable loan for Maine students pursuing a career as a veterinarian. While, the […] | April 5, 2022
Montgomery AL: Vote Is TUE (4/5) on Animal Breeder/Trainer/Seller Permits, Expanded Cruelty Offenses
The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) just learned that a proposed animal ordinance is scheduled for a vote by the Montgomery City Council on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. At the time of this alert, AKC has received information about certain provisions of the proposed ordinance.  An official copy of the proposed ordinance […] | April 1, 2022
CT Update: Kennel and Dog License Changes to be Discussed Further
Addressing concerns raised by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and other stakeholders, the Connecticut Joint Environment Committee has proposed a substitute bill to SB 234.  Among other provisions, the new substitute text in HB 5295, would require the Agriculture Commissioner to convene a working group to help develop a plan to create a state-wide online […] | April 1, 2022
California: Update on Bills Impacting Dog Owners
Over the past couple weeks, AKC Government Relations has sent out several alerts regarding bills impacting dog owners in the state. With bill hearing deadlines looming at the end of the month, a number of hearings will be scheduled over the next few weeks. Below are updates on the latest status on each one and […] | April 1, 2022
Arizona: Ask Your State Senator to Support Insurance and Microchipping Bills
Two bills with a positive benefit to Arizona dog owners have passed Senate committees and will likely soon be considered by the full Senate. Arizona residents are encouraged to reach out to their State Senator and ask them to support House Bill 2323 and House Bill 2626.  Visit AKC’s Legislative Action Center and type your […] | March 30, 2022
CT Info: Bills Designating Shelter Pets as State Pet and for Tethering and Sheltering Dogs Advance
DESIGNATING THE SHELTER PET AS CT’S STATE PET: The Connecticut Joint Government Administration and Elections Committee voted yesterday to place HB 5498 on the House consent calendar, despite hearing testimony objecting to the designation of the shelter pet as Connecticut’s state pet. The bill also seeks to designate a variety of days, weeks, and months, […] | March 30, 2022
California: Bill Regulating All Dog Trainers As Boarding Facilities Scheduled for Hearing – Call Today!
A bill placing numerous new overreaching requirements on all dog trainers in California is scheduled for a committee hearing on April 19. It is important that all dog trainers and responsible dog owners in the state use the information below to contact the author’s office and committee members TODAY.  Respectfully let them know you oppose […] | March 29, 2022
Tennessee Alerts Updates: Take Action on Bills that Could INCREASE Risk of Harm to Dogs
So far in 2022, responsible Tennessee dog owners have successfully opposed several problematic bills. Next week, more overreaching bills are scheduled for hearings. These bills could actually increase the risk of harm to dogs. Senate Bill 2243 and House Bill 2860 both seek to make it an offense for a person to restrain a dog […] | March 25, 2022
Arizona: Two Bills Benefitting Dog Owners Continue to Advance – Express Your Support!
Two bills with a positive impact on Arizona dog owners are moving in the state legislature.  Arizona residents are encouraged to reach out to the legislature and express support for the following bills: House Bill 2626 – Requiring Shelters to Scan for Microchips Status: Passed committee, waiting consideration by full Senate Summary: House Bill 2626, […] | March 25, 2022
VT Update: Bill Establishing Public Safety Agency with Domestic Animal Protections Voted Favorably by Senate
Yesterday, amended Vermont Senate Bill 155, which would provide administrative support to the state’s Animal Cruelty Investigative Advisory Board (ACIAB), was voted favorably by the Vermont Senate.  The amended bill, which is supported by both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs (VT Federation), will now advance to the Vermont […] | March 25, 2022

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