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The Louisiana legislature adjourned June 8, ending a quiet 2023 state session on dog issues. Among bills tracked by AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) were:

  • House Bill 248, which allows the cremated remains of pets to be buried with humans subject to specified requirements. AKC Government Relations monitored this bill, which was signed by the governor as Act No. 20 and takes effect August 1, 2023. 
  • House Bill 579, relative to pet insurance, which provides for definitions, disclosures, policy conditions, certain sales practices, and producer training. This bill, which was monitored by AKC Government Relations, was signed by the Governor, enacted as Act No. 94, and takes effect January 1, 2024.

AKC GR thanks dog owners, AKC club members, sportsmen, allied organizations, and individuals who worked with their state lawmakers in support of fair and reasonable policy for dogs.

Advise AKC GR when Local Dog Issues Are Discussed  

In addition to state laws, local ordinances passed by parishes, towns, and police juries can greatly impact dogs and dog owners. If you hear that a dog ordinance is being discussed or proposed in your community, please quickly share this information with AKC GR by emailing or calling 919-816-3720.

Stay Informed

Urge your fellow dog owners to sign up to receive geotargeted email alerts about canine legislation and regulatory issues by visiting and scrolling down to “Sign Up for Alerts.” You can also view all AKC GR’s legislative and informational alerts listed by date.

AKC GR offers online resources to help you stay current on key issues that affect dogs. View and download these and other educational materials available in the AKC GR Toolbox.

By working together to support positive legislation and to oppose bad bills, we can protect our rights to own, exhibit, responsibly breed, and enjoy the dogs we love. Please contact AKC Government Relations at for additional information.