MA Action Alert: Express Concern Regarding Grooming Bill on June 26, 2023!
The Massachusetts Joint Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee (JCPPL) has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, June 26, 2023, from 1pm to 4pm, and will accept comments on a bill of concern to the American Kennel Club (AKC). REGULATION OF GROOMERS HB 310 would require anyone who grooms a pet for money to pass […] | June 16, 2023
AKC GR Releases Updated Impact By State Reports
The AKC Government Relations Department is pleased to introduce newly updated AKC economic and community impact figures for all 50 states. The AKC Impact By State packet provides valuable information to share with lawmakers, local media, chambers of commerce and other community entities about the positive impact that AKC clubs, affiliates and events have in each and […] | June 16, 2023
Pennsylvania: Ask State Senate to Support Comprehensive Animal Welfare Board
This week State Senator Gene Yaw introduced Senate Bill 785 , a reintroduction of a bill he sponsored last session to establish an Animal Welfare Board.  The bill, which will allow for a comprehensive review of current and future laws and regulations regarding dogs in the Commonwealth, includes representation by the AKC, the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog […] | June 15, 2023
NJ: Mahwah Township Scheduled to Consider Retail Sales Prohibition
On Monday, June 19, the Township of Mahwah, New Jersey, is scheduled to consider an ordinance that seeks to prohibit the retail sale of dogs and cats in retail stores.  This ordinance will limit pet choice and consumer protections for area families seeking a dog that fits their needs and lifestyle. Retail pet sales bans […] | June 15, 2023
California: Kern County to Consider Possible Mandatory Spay/Neuter on Wednesday (6/21)
On Wednesday, June 21, the Kern County Animal Services Commission will reconsider a proposed ordinance concerning dog licensing for dog owners in Kern County which could lead to mandatory spay/neuter for violations of animal control laws. If advanced, the proposal would go to the Kern County Board of Supervisors for review and possible passage into […] | June 13, 2023
Louisiana: Quiet 2023 State Session on Dog Issues Adjourns
The Louisiana legislature adjourned June 8, ending a quiet 2023 state session on dog issues. Among bills tracked by AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) were: House Bill 248, which allows the cremated remains of pets to be buried with humans subject to specified requirements. AKC Government Relations monitored this bill, which was signed by the […] | June 12, 2023
Alabama Legislature Adjourns for 2023 with No Problematic Dog Bills Enacted
The American Kennel Club Government Relations team (AKC GR) reports that no significant bills affecting dogs passed during the 2023 Alabama legislative session that adjourned on June 6. AKC GR thanks dog owners, AKC club members, sportsmen, allied organizations, and individuals who worked with state lawmakers in support of fair and reasonable policy for dogs. […] | June 8, 2023
California Update on Bills Impacting Dog Owners
Friday, June 2, was the deadline in California for 2023 bills to pass out of the chamber in which they were introduced. AKC continues to monitor several bills impacting dog owners in California. Although no action is needed at this time, below are a few highlights of where legislation stands after the June 2 deadline. […] | June 8, 2023
California: Bill Limiting Use of Police Canines Tabled by Author
At the request of the author, California Assembly Bill 742 limiting the use of police canines has been moved to the inactive file, meaning it will not advance this session. After recent amendments, this bill would have restricted the use of police canines for the purpose of arrest, apprehension, or any form of crowd control. […] | June 7, 2023
CT SB 1069: Clarification– Bill With Positive Amendments Impacting Kennels Proceeding to Governor
The American Kennel Club (AKC) would like to clarify that Connecticut Senate Bill 1069 has been transferred to Governor Ned Lamont for executive action.  While other states assign a “Public Act” number to new laws after receiving a governor’s approval, Connecticut assigns one to legislation that is being prepared to be presented to the Governor […] | June 6, 2023

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