Maryland Update: Senate Committee Passes Bill Regulating Dogs Outdoors. Call Your Senator!
Bills regulating dogs being outdoors and unattended in certain weather conditions and temperatures continue to advance in the Maryland Senate. Yesterday, the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted to give a favorable report on Senate Bill 44 as introduced.  The bill now goes to the full Senate where it is up for second consideration tomorrow, […] | March 4, 2022
Kentucky: Express Opposition NOW to Fast-Moving, Problematic Cost of Care Bill
AKC GR has just learned that Kentucky Senate Bill 125, a fast-tracked measure that seeks to create troublesome cost of care laws, has been scheduled for consideration by the full Senate tomorrow, Friday, March 4.  All Kentucky dog owners are strongly encouraged to contact their state senator and urge them to vote against SB 125. […] | March 3, 2022
CT Alert: Hearing March 7th Concerning Kennel and Dog Licenses
The Connecticut Joint Environment Committee has raised SB 234, and scheduled a Monday, March 7, 2022, public hearing on the bill.  In addition to a handful of provisions under the oversight of the Department of Agriculture, the bill includes significant changes to current kennel and dog license rules.  These proposed changes to the current law […] | March 3, 2022
Texas: New Braunfels Animal Advisory Board to Consider Pet Store Regulations
New Braunfels, TX will convene a meeting of the Animal Services Advisory Board tomorrow, March 3 at 6:00pm to discuss options and recommendations for the development of an ordinance to regulate the sales of dogs within commercial animal establishments. This ordinance could limit pet choice and consumer protections for New Braunfels area families seeking a […] | March 2, 2022
Oklahoma: Misdemeanor for Misrepresenting a Service Animal Bill Passes Senate
The Oklahoma Senate recently approved a bill that will penalize those who misrepresent a service animal. Senate Bill 1223 was passed with a vote of 34-9 and the bill will now go to the Oklahoma House for further consideration. AKC supports this bill and condemns the deliberate mischaracterization of service dogs and attempts to benefit from service […] | March 2, 2022
US Congress: Harmful, Arbitrary Breeder Mandates Bill Gaining Support – Contact Your Representatives
A set of arbitrary and harmful federal breeder bills (H.R. 2840 /S. 1385) that would mandate new requirements for certain hobby and professional dog breeders are gaining support in Congress.  We urge all responsible dog owners, breeders and enthusiasts to contact their lawmakers about the harmful consequences of the bills, and ask them not to […] | March 2, 2022
Georgia: Potentially Problematic Tethering Proposal to be Considered by Legislative Committee Tomorrow, March 2
The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) has just learned that Georgia House Bill 1450, entitled the Georgia Safe Outdoor Dog Act, will be considered by the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at 9AM. As currently worded, the measure establishes some good practices to assure the health […] | March 1, 2022
Missouri Update: Bill Prohibiting Breed Discrimination to be considered TOMORROW (3/2)
The 2022 Missouri Legislative Session is in full swing and several bills supported by AKC are currently under consideration. Tomorrow, (Wednesday, March 2), a Senate committee will consider legislation that would prohibit localities from passing breed-specific laws. Senate Bill 697 is the Senate companion bill to legislation mentioned in a previous alert that would prohibit […] | March 1, 2022
Utah: Ask Legislature to Support Working Dogs, Dog Shows – Call Today!
A bill is quickly moving through the Utah Legislature that could protect dog shows, working dogs, and pet choice in the state. This is the last week of session, so it is important that you contact your State Representative and State Senator today and ask them to support House Bill 476.  Scroll down for contact […] | March 1, 2022
Tennessee: Take Action to Oppose Unfavorably Amended Tethering Bill
At last week’s meeting of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, a problematic amendment was filed to House Bill 2034.  This bill seeks to create requirements and penalties for tethering/restraining dogs. Because the amendment removed practical exemptions for hunting and working dogs, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has changed its position on HB 2034 from “neutral” […] | March 1, 2022

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