CT Alert: Hearings on Multiple Bills Impacting Dog Owners Next Week
Next week, two Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committees will accept public testimony on the following bills impacting dog owners: SUPPORT ACCESS TO SERVICE DOGS: SB 976, “Concerning health insurance coverage for individual and group health insurance policies,” would, among other provisions, mandate  health insurance coverage for the cost to purchase a trained service animal that […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ct-alert-hearings-multiple-bills-impacting-dog-owners-next-week/ | February 10, 2023
Utah Update: Breeder Bill Held, Please Continue Contacting the Committee
Today, the Utah House Business and Labor Committee decided to table a bill regulating all breeders, pending further discussion and amendments. House Bill 359 seeks to require a permit for all breeders who sell even one dog in the state.  While some amendments were offered, the committee recognized that many questions still remain. They voted […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/utah-update-breeder-bill-held-please-continue-contacting-committee/ | February 9, 2023
Illinois: Ask Committee to Oppose Animal Rights Court-Appointed “Lawyers for Dogs” Bill
On Tuesday, February 14, an Illinois House Committee will consider a bill that would provide a legal advocate in court for a dog or cat in legal cases involving the health, safety, or an injury of a dog or cat. House Bill 1169 is similar to bills introduced in other states in an effort to […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/illinois-ask-committee-oppose-animal-rights-court-appointed-lawyers-dogs-bill/ | February 9, 2023
Oregon Update: Renewed Push for “Animal Cruelty” Ballot Measure – Do Not Sign!
Animal Rights activists are again circulating petitions in Oregon to put an extreme measure on the 2024 ballot that, in their own words “is the first ballot initiative in history that would criminalize the killing and breeding of animals.” Recently, the campaign received a large contribution from a private donor.  The campaign has stated they […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/oregon-update-renewed-push-animal-cruelty-ballot-measure-not-sign/ | February 8, 2023
Utah: Hearing Tomorrow to Consider Regulation of All Dog Breeders
A Utah House committee has just scheduled a hearing for tomorrow (Thursday, February 9) on a bill that would seek to develop regulations for virtually all dog breeders in Utah. AKC understands that amendments will be offered, but it is unclear what impact the amendments will have on breeders – particularly those who breed and […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/utah-hearing-tomorrow-consider-regulation-dog-breeders/ | February 8, 2023
Hawaii Alert: Contact Committee to Oppose House Version of Emotional Support Animal Bill with “Rights” Language
Hawaii House Bill 871 seeks to require that sellers or providers of emotional support animals (ESAs), and sellers or providers of certificates, identifications, tags, vests, leashes, and harnesses for ESAs, provide a disclaimer that an ESA is not a service animal under state law. Like with its companion, Senate Bill 612, the American Kennel Club […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/hawaii-alert-contact-committee-oppose-house-version-emotional-support-animal-bill-rights-language/ | February 7, 2023
Maine Alert: Committee Considers Preventing Dog Breed Discrimination by Insurance Companies
On Tuesday, February 14, the Maine Joint Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance, and Financial Services has scheduled a public hearing on LD 350, An Act to Prevent Dog Breed Discrimination by Insurance Companies. The bill would amend Maine’s insurance law to prohibit the cancellation or nonrenewal of a property insurance policy solely on the basis […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/maine-alert-committee-considers-preventing-dog-breed-discrimination-insurance-companies/ | February 7, 2023
CT Alert: Hearing Thursday on Protections for Police and Search & Rescue K-9s
On Thursday, February 9, 2023, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee will accept public testimony on a list of bills, including SB 932, relative to protections for police K-9 and volunteer search and rescue dogs.  The bill would (1) increase the penalty for intentionally injuring a police K-9 or dog in a […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ct-alert-hearing-thursday-protections-police-search-rescue-k-9s/ | February 3, 2023
Florida Info: Hunting Regulations Update Proposed, Expands Hunting with Dogs
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has proposed changes to the General Regulations Relating to Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and to Wildlife and Environmental Areas (WEAs).  The effect of the proposed changes will: (1) Allow dogs to be used for hunting non-protected birds during any period when at least one species of small game […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/florida-info-hunting-regulations-update-proposed-expands-hunting-dogs/ | February 2, 2023

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