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 […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tennessee-session-wrap-positive-bills-pass-others-carry-2024/ | 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 […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/california-kern-county-consider-possible-mandatory-spay-neuter-wednesday-5-17/ | 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 […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/washington-state-adjourns-2023-legislative-session/ | 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 […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/delaware-update-barking-dog-cruelty-reporting-bills/ | 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, […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/breaking-supreme-court-upholds-calif-pork-import-rules-set-precedent-dogs/ | May 11, 2023
Nevada: Ask Committee to Support Cruelty Bill With AKC Amendments
The Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee is considering Assembly Bill 86 in a hearing on May 16. The bill has already passed unanimously out of the state Assembly. AKC is asking for your help in supporting this reasonable cruelty bill that contains several AKC amendments as it makes its way through the state Senate. Summary: […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nevada-ask-committee-support-cruelty-bill-akc-amendments/ | May 11, 2023
Texas Dog Owners: Urge Governor Abbott to Protect the Future of Purebred Dogs and Veto SB 876
Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed SB 876. The bill will now go to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. 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 […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/texas-dog-owners-urge-governor-abbott-protect-future-purebred-dogs-veto-sb-876/ | May 11, 2023
New York: Senate Passes Debarking Ban, Contact the Assembly
The New York Senate has passed a ban on “debarking” – a veterinary practice also known as bark softening. Senate Bill 142 would prohibit veterinarians from performing this procedure unless it is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect. Senate Bill 142 has now been referred to the Assembly Agriculture Committee but […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-york-senate-passes-debarking-ban-contact-assembly/ | May 10, 2023
Florida Update: Bad Bills Fail, Positive Bills Continue to Advance
Florida dog owners breathed sighs of relief when the hard-fought 2023 Florida legislative session adjourned on Friday, May 5th. Several problematic bills did not advance, while positive bills passed in the state legislature and await action by the Governor. Possibly the most egregious state-level dog breeder bills (HB 1581/SB 1492) filed in the U.S. to […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/florida-update-bad-bills-fail-positive-bills-continue-advance/ | May 9, 2023
Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Agriculture To Consider Dog-Related Bills Next Week
At its upcoming hybrid public hearing at 11AM on Monday, May 15, 2023, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Agriculture will consider multiple animal-related bills, with three bills specifically impacting dogs.   The full agenda with links to bill text can be viewed here. The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages all concerned Massachusetts residents to contact the […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/massachusetts-joint-committee-agriculture-consider-dog-related-bills-next-week/ | May 9, 2023

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