The Michigan House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to consider a bill tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15, 2020, that seeks to protect the rights of responsible dog owners in the state by prohibiting municipalities from enacting breed-specific policies. This would be a significant step forward for Michigan dog owners, as there are several localities that have considered or enacted breed-specific laws over the past several years.
Municipalities would still be permitted to enact other policies and regulations on dog owners, so long as these laws do not target specific breeds.
All who reside or participate in dog events in Michigan are encouraged to contact the committee and ask them to support House Substitute H1 for House Bill 4035.
The AKC supports House Bill 4035, which protects the rights of dog owners while still allowing communities to enact laws that hold all owners accountable. Visit the Breed-Specific/Dangerous Dog Laws page in the AKC Legislative Action Center for more talking points on this issue.
What You Can Do:
All who reside or participate in dog events in Michigan are encouraged to contact the House Ways and Means Committee prior to the hearing on Tuesday, September 15, and ask them to support House Bill 4035 and the H1 substitute for the bill.
Committee Chairman Rep. Brandt Iden
Rep. Kyra Bolden
Rep. Wendell Byrd
Rep. Beth Griffin
Rep. Roger Hauck
Rep. Kevin Hertel
Rep. Bronna Kahle
Rep. Luke Meerman
Rep. Eric Leutheuser
Rep. Jim Lilly
Rep. Rebekah Warren
AKC Government Relations will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide more information as it becomes available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at firstname.lastname@example.org.