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The California Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider two bills on August 16 that have the potential to impact some dog owners.  Those who wish to comment are encouraged to reach out directly to the committee (scroll down for more information).

The committee is expected to consider the following legislation:

Assembly Bill 468 – This bill further clarifies the difference between true service animals and emotional support animals in the state.  AKC appreciates the intention to clarify that the state does not require emotional support animals to receive the same access and privileges as trained service animals.  Read AKC’s previous alert for more information.

Assembly Bill 1282 – This bill establishes procedures for phasing out commercial blood banks for animals (also defined in the bill as “captive closed-colony” blood banks), which are facilities where animals are kept, raised, and housed for the sole purpose of blood collection.  Read AKC’s previous alert for more information.

Those wishing to contact the Senate Appropriations Committee may do so by visiting and following the directions to create an account.  Then, you may upload written comments to the committee.

AKC Government Relations continues to monitor legislation in California impacting dog owners.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at