South Carolina: Problematic Animal Bills Carry Over to 2024
South Carolina adjourned the first regular session of its two-year 2023-2024 legislative session on May 11. Governor Henry McMaster reconvened an “extra session” on May 16 to continue working on specific issues. It is not anticipated that dog/animal bills will be considered during this 2023 extra session. Bills that affect dogs, animals, and their owners […] | May 19, 2023
Texas: Continue Urging Governor Abbott to Veto SB 876
SB 876 was officially sent to Governor Abbott on May 17 and is now pending his consideration.  The bill will require anyone that both owns 5 or more intact females and is engaged in the business of breeding those dogs for sale to secure a state license. It is vitally important that Governor Abbot hears […] | May 19, 2023
CT Update: Bills Impacting Dog Owners Favorably Amended and Progressing
Both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners (CFDRDO) extend our deep appreciation to dog owners who submitted public hearing comments this year. We are grateful to Representative Doug Dubitsky for his leadership and pleased to provide the following update: SUPPORT KENNELS AND DOMESTIC DOG LAWS: […] | May 17, 2023
New Jersey: Seizure, Cost of Care Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings Tomorrow (May 18)
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 18, the New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider two bills that continue to raise significant constitutional concerns for dog owners.  Assembly Bill 2354 and Senate Bill 981 seek to establish court procedures for the seizure, care, and forfeiture of animals involved in animal cruelty violations. Despite the late timing […] | May 17, 2023
Kansas Legislative Session Wrap Up
Recently, the 2023 Kansas legislative session adjourned. AKC analyzed several bills in Kansas to determine the impact on Kansas dog owners. AKC only opposed one bill during the session and the bill ultimately died in committee after just one hearing. House Bill 2437 Fails House Bill 2437 would have made several changes to the Kansas Pet […] | May 16, 2023
Tennessee Session Wrap Up: Positive Bills Pass, Others Carry Over to 2024
The American Kennel Club Government Relations team (AKC GR) is pleased to report that during the first year of Tennessee’s two-year 2023-2024 legislative session, bills to help protect dogs passed and certain problematic bills did not advance. AKC GR thanks dog owners, AKC club members, sportsmen, allied organizations, and every individual who contacted their lawmakers […] | May 16, 2023
California: Kern County to Consider Possible Mandatory Spay/Neuter on Wednesday (5/17)
On Wednesday, May 17, the Kern County Animal Services Commission are reconsidering a proposed ordinance that seeks to further the licensing burden on dog owners in Kern County, and could lead to mandatory spay/neuter for one violation of animal control laws. If advanced, the proposal would go to the Kern County Board of Supervisors for […] | May 15, 2023
Washington State Adjourns 2023 Legislative Session
The Washington Legislature has concluded its 2023 legislative session. AKC actively monitored and participated in numerous bills before the legislature this year. While the session is adjourned, we are seeing many local governments across the country considering proposals that would impact dog owners in their community.  We encourage Washington residents to watch local media and […] | May 15, 2023
Delaware Update on Barking Dog, Cruelty Reporting Bills
This week, the Delaware General Assembly continued to advance legislation seeking to regulate barking dogs and provide immunity for animal cruelty reporting.  Below is the latest information, as well as action you can take today on these bills: House Bill 124 – Regulating Barking Dogs House Bill 124 would prohibit dogs from barking continuously for […] | May 12, 2023
Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Calif. Pork Import Rules, Could Set Precedent for Dogs
This morning, the United States Supreme Court affirmed a decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld California’s 2018 voter initiative that imposed minimum space requirements for the confinement of breeding pigs that produce uncooked products to sell in the state. In the underlying case, National Pork Producers Council v. Ross, the petitioners, […] | May 11, 2023

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