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UPDATE #2 – 2/7/2024: Florida Senate Bill 660 is on the agenda of the Senate Committee on Rules for February 8, 2024. Florida residents are urged to contact committee members to express their concerns with this bill.

UPDATE:  Florida Senate Bill 660, which seeks to exempt from public records requirements the identifying information about persons who foster, adopt, or receive legal custody of animals from certain shelters, was approved by the Florida Senate Community Affairs Committee on January 22, 2024. It will next be heard by the Senate Rules Committee. Read concerns with SB 660.  These same concerns apply to House Bill 273, as follows.

IN NEW ACTION:  House Bill 273 will be voted on by the House Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee tomorrow, January 25, 2022 at 11:30am. Similar to HB 660, HB 273 seeks to conceal from public records requirements the identifying information of persons (which includes individuals, foster care providers, other sheltering organizations, certain transporters, and businesses) to whom custody of an animal is transferred by a public animal shelter.

 WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY—HB 273: Florida residents who believe that Florida public animal shelters that transfer custody of animals should continue to be subject to citizen oversight are urged to contact subcommittee members and ask them to not advance House Bill 273. Click here to view subcommittee members, click on each member’s name, then click on “Contact Member.” Scroll down to view an online message form. You can leave voice mail messages and send online messages tonight.

UPDATE:  On January 23, 2024, Senate Bill 1156, which seeks to expand Florida’s dangerous dog law, was favorably amended in the Senate Committee on Agriculture and now advances to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read the most recent alert on SB 1156 that discusses recommended amendments.

For additional information, please contact AKC Government Relations at or 919-816-3720.