U.S. Senate Update: AKC Lauds Introduction of Healthy Dog Importation Act to Protect Animal and Public Health
The American Kennel Club welcomes the introduction of the Healthy Dog Importation Act of 2023  in the United States Senate. AKC is grateful for the continuing and bipartisan leadership of Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) as lead sponsors of the bill and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga), Roger Marshall (R-Kan) and Kirsten Gillibrand […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/u-s-senate-update-akc-lauds-introduction-healthy-dog-importation-act-protect-animal-public-health/ | February 17, 2023
Illinois: Ask Committee to Oppose Bill Violating Dog Owners’ Property Rights
A bill scheduled for consideration on Wednesday, February 22, would allow for a person to face forfeiture of their animals for virtually any violation of state law regarding the care of animals, even without a conviction. Illinois residents are strongly encouraged to take the actions listed below prior to Wednesday’s hearing to express your concerns […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/illinois-ask-committee-oppose-bill-violating-dog-owners-property-rights/ | February 17, 2023
Illinois: Ask Committee to Support Ban on Insurance Breed Discrimination
On Tuesday (February 21), an Illinois committee is considering a bill that would prohibit homeowner’s and renter’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 Illinois are encouraged to contact the House Insurance Committee […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/illinois-ask-committee-support-ban-insurance-breed-discrimination/ | February 16, 2023
Utah Update: Amended Breeder Bill to Be Considered Tomorrow (2/16)
The Utah House Labor and Business Committee is scheduled to consider an amended version of the bill to regulate breeders at a hearing tomorrow, February 16. While some provisions such as breeder permits are expected to be removed, other concerns remain that would impact those who breed and raise dogs in their homes. Hobbyists and […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/utah-update-amended-breeder-bill-considered-tomorrow-2-16/ | February 15, 2023
Hawaii: Problematic Retail Sales Bans, Dogs in Vehicles Bills Set for Hearing Tomorrow. Contact Your Lawmakers
Two dog-related bills of concern are scheduled to be considered by the Hawaii House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. House Bill 849 seeks to limit consumer choice by requiring pet stores to sell dogs obtained only from animal control or a shelter/rescue. House Bill 1513 seeks to limit civil and criminal liability for […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/hawaii-problematic-retail-sales-bans-dogs-vehicles-bills-set-hearing-tomorrow-contact-lawmakers/ | February 14, 2023
Minnesota: Support Tenants’ Rights Bills Scheduled for Senate Committee Hearing
Yesterday, the American Kennel Club (AKC) reported that two bills are scheduled for consideration in the Minnesota House of Representatives that seek to protect the rights of tenants who own dogs.  Now, two Senate companion bills have also been scheduled for committee consideration later this week: Senate File 371 seeks to prohibit certain housing developments […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/minnesota-support-tenants-rights-bills-scheduled-senate-committee-hearing/ | February 14, 2023
Indiana: Senate Committee Passes Bill Protecting Pet Choice, Hobby Breeders
Yesterday, the Indiana Senate Agriculture Committee passed a bill that establishes strong consumer protection laws for pet stores.  As introduced, this bill also contained new, troubling definitions of “hobby breeder” and “casual breeder”.  However, these definitions were removed by the committee. AKC thanks the Indiana Purebred Dog Alliance and local clubs and breeders who contacted […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/indiana-senate-committee-passes-bill-protecting-pet-choice-hobby-breeders/ | February 14, 2023
New Jersey: Problematic Bill May Make Dewclaw Removal ‘Cruelty’; Contact Your Lawmakers
The American Kennel Club has learned that New Jersey Senate Bill 1803, which seeks to prohibit declawing procedures from being performed on cats and other animals unless deemed necessary for a therapeutic purpose by a licensed veterinarian, has been moved to the Senate Economic Growth Committee.  Please see updated committee contact information below. The American […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-jersey-problematic-bill-may-make-dewclaw-removal-cruelty-contact-lawmakers/ | February 14, 2023
Washington state Update: Bills Impacting Dog Owners
AKC continues to monitor several bills impacting dog owners in Washington state. Below are the latest updates, along with contact information if you wish to comment on any of these measures. AKC GR will continue to provide individual updates and alerts when necessary.  Bills in Washington state Legislature: House Bill 1012 – Addressing the response […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/washington-state-update-bills-impacting-dog-owners-2/ | February 13, 2023
Minnesota Bills Protect Dog-Owning Tenants’ Rights
Two Minnesota bills that seek to protect the rights of tenants who own dogs will be heard by the House Finance and Policy Committee on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.  House File 758 seeks to prohibit landlords from encouraging or requiring tenants to declaw or devocalize an animal; while, among other provisions, House File 831 would […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/minnesota-bills-protect-dog-owning-tenants-rights/ | February 13, 2023

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