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The Michigan House Local Government Committee will be considering a bill on Wednesday, December 5, that seeks to protect the rights of responsible dog owners in the state by prohibiting municipalities from enacting breed-specific policies.

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 House Local Government Committee or attend the hearing and ask them to support Senate Bill 741.

Talking Points:

The AKC supports Senate Bill 741, 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:

For those attending the hearing:
House Local Government Committee
Wednesday, December 5
124 North Capitol Avenue
House Office Building, Room 521
Lansing, MI 48933

Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact the Committee with the information below:

Rep. James Lower, Chair
 (517) 373-0834

Rep. Kathy Crawford, Vice Chair

Rep. Jim Runestad
(517) 373-2616

Rep. Gary Howell
(517) 373-1800

Rep. Julie Alexander
(517) 373-1795

Rep. Ben Frederick
(517) 373-0841

Rep. Roger Hauck
(517) 373-1789

Rep. Patrick Green
(517) 373-1772

Rep. Jeremy Moss
(517) 373-1788

Rep. Jim Ellison
(517) 373-3818

Rep. Sara Cambensy
(517) 373-0498

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 (919) 816-3720 or