House Bill 1883, the Working Animal Protection Act, was approved in the House and now crosses over to the Senate Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development Committee. Your continued and immediate support of this bill is needed.
The 2021 Arkansas legislative session ends soon. Rules have been suspended, and bills are passing—or dying—very quickly. Owners, handlers, and exhibitors of working and competition animals are urged to immediately contact members of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Committee and your state Senators and respectfully ask them to fast track passage of HB 1883.
To recap, among other provisions, HB 1883 would guarantee the right to utilize a working animal. It also would state that an ordinance or resolution shall not be enacted by a municipality that terminates, bans, or creates an undue hardship relating to the job or use of a working animal or animal enterprise in commerce, service, legal hunting, agriculture, husbandry, transportation, ranching, entertainment, education, or exhibition.
The bill would not alter or restrict state or municipal laws regarding animal care, public health, public safety, cruelty laws, or zoning provisions. Certain production livestock are excluded. Click here to read AKC’s April 16 post on HB 1883.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Take action NOW in support of this bill. HB 1883 passed in the House yesterday afternoon (4/19/20). It next will be considered in Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Committee, and then voted on by the full Senate. This could happen as early as today (4/20/20) or soon after. Contact committee members and state Senators IMMEDIATELY and ask them to fast track passage of HB 1883.
To find out who represents your district, visit https://www.akcgr.org, scroll down to “Find Officials,” and enter your address.
The capitol phone numbers for all Senators are similar. Additional phone numbers may be available for some Senators at https://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/Legislators/List.
Contact Information for Arkansas Senators:
Members of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Committee are in bold type.
Sen. Jimmy Hickey, (501)682-6107, Jimmy.Hickey@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Scott Flippo, (501)682-6107, Scott.Flippo@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Keith Ingram, (501)682-6107, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Bob Ballinger, (501)682-6107, Bob.Ballinger@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Charles Beckham, (501)682-6107, Charles.Beckham@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, (501)682-6107, Cecile.Bledsoe@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Ronald Caldwell, (501)682-2917, Ronald.Caldwell@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Linda Chesterfield, (501)682-2917, email@example.com
Sen. Alan Clark, (501)682-6107, Alan.Clark@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Breanne Davis, (501)682-6107, Breanne.Davis@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Jonathan Dismang, (501)682-2917, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Lance Eads, (501)682-6107, Lance.Eads@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Joyce Elliott, (501)682-6107, Joyce.Elliott@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Jane English, (501)682-6107, Jane.English@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Stephanie Flowers, (501)682-2917, Stephanie.Flowers@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Trent Garner, (501)682-6107, Trent.Garner@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Ben Gilmore, (501)682-6107, Ben.Gilmore@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Kim Hammer, (501)682-6107, Kim.Hammer@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Jim Hendren, (501)682-6107, Jim.Hendren@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Bart Hester, (501)682-6107, Bart.Hester@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Ricky Hill, (501)682-6107, Ricky.Hill@Senate.ar.gov
Sen. Missy Irvin, (501)682-2917, Missy.Irvin@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Mark Johnson, (501)682-6107, Mark.Johnson@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Blake Johnson, (501)682-6107, Blake.Johnson@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Greg Leding, (501)682-6107, Greg.Leding@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Mathew Pitsch, (501)682-6107, Mathew.Pitsch@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Jason Rapert, (501)682-2917, Jason.Rapert@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Terry Rice, (501)682-2917, Terry.Rice@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Bill Sample, (501)682-2917, Bill.Sample@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Gary Stubblefield, (501)682-6107, Gary.Stubblefield@senate.ar.gov
Sen. James Sturch, (501)682-6107, James.Sturch@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Dan Sullivan, (501)682-6107, Dan.Sullivan@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Larry Teague, (501)682-6107, Larry.Teague@senate.ar.gov
Sen. Clarke Tucker, (501)682-6107, Clarke.Tucker@senate.ar.gov
Sen. David Wallace, (501)682-6107, David.Wallace@senate.ar.gov
For additional information, please contact AKC Government Relations at 919-816-3720 or email@example.com.