Pennsylvania Success: Committee Reinstates Exemption for Dog Events Participants and Sportsmen
Today, the Pennsylvania Senate Agriculture and Rural Affaires Committee unanimously adopted an amendment requested and drafted by the AKC to remove language requiring an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection for anyone coming into the Commonwealth for dog events or hunting.  Instead, the bill maintains the current exemption for those entering Pennsylvania for under 30 days. […] | June 6, 2023
CT Update: Amended Bill Impacting Kennels and Domestic Dog Laws Becomes Law
Both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners (CFDRDO) are delighted to report that a further amended SB 1069 was signed into law yesterday by Connecticut Governor Lamont.  Now Public Act No. 23-17, the new law is the result of AKC outreach and grassroots lobbying by […] | June 6, 2023
Pennsylvania: Committee to Consider Changes to Dog Events, Licensing, Other Dog Laws Tomorrow (June 6)
Recently, the Pennsylvania Senate introduced legislation to update Pennsylvania's Dog Law.  This includes positive changes such as removing the different prices for licensing an intact as opposed to a sterilized dog.  The bill as written also includes numerous requirements for those currently licensed as a kennel by the state, as well as those operating as […] | June 5, 2023
Nevada Update on Bills Impacting Dog Owners
The Nevada Legislature and the governor are considering several bills impacting dog owners as the session nears its end. To see the complete list visit the AKC legislative tracker in the AKC Legislative Action Center at  AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to provide updates and alerts on these and other bills that […] | June 1, 2023
Texas Wrap-Up: Updates on Dog-Related Legislation
This past weekend, the 2023 Texas Regular Legislative Session adjourned. AKC tracked 49 bills this session, and below are updates on significant bills of interest impacting Texas dog owners, trainers, and handlers. A special session was called and began on May 30. AKC will continue to track newly introduced legislation throughout the special session. We […] | June 1, 2023
Governor Abbott Signs Breeder Bill into Law
Governor Abbot has signed SB 876 further regulating Texas dog breeders. While the new law goes into effect on September 1, 2023, someone that owns between 5 and 11 intact females will have until January 1, 2024, to come into compliance.  The law will require anyone that both owns 5 or more intact females and […] | May 31, 2023
Illinois: Spring Session Adjourns, Majority of Dog-Related Bills Held
This past weekend, the Illinois General Assembly adjourned a very busy spring session for dog owners and trainers. We thank the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs, and all who took the time to file witness slips and contact legislators.  Together we are making a difference for dogs in Illinois. Below are the latest updates on […] | May 31, 2023
NJ: Contact Governor Murphy to Request Veto of Unconstitutional Cost of Care Bill
Last week, the New Jersey Assembly passed S.981, a “cost of care” bill that raises serious constitutional concerns for dog owners.  The bill is now on its way to Governor Phil Murphy for his approval or veto.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) urges all concerned New Jersey dog owners contact Governor Murphy’s office to request […] | May 30, 2023
California: Assembly Committee Advances Bill Limiting Use of Police Canines
On May 18, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced Assembly Bill 742, limiting the use of police canines for apprehension and crowd control. The bill has been amended to allow for the use of police canines for apprehension in some circumstances. AKC understands and acknowledges there are issues concerning the use of police canines for apprehension, […] | May 30, 2023
NJ Urgent Action Needed: Ask Speaker Coughlin to Not Advance Overreaching Pet Seizure Bill
As previously reported, the American Kennel Club (AKC) is deeply concerned with Assembly Bill 2354, as it still fails to both adequately protect the rights of bona fide co-owners and address the constitutional issues of procedural due process, unreasonable seizures, and excessive fines.  Despite ongoing efforts, the bill is scheduled to be voted on by […] | May 24, 2023

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