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The Michigan Legislature is only in session for a few more days, and your help is needed to get a vote on a bill that would finally ban breed-specific laws in Michigan.

House Bill 4035 has already passed the House and only needs a vote on the Senate floor before being sent to the governor.  However, it has not yet been scheduled for a vote.

Michigan residents are encouraged to do the following TODAY:

1) Contact Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and ask him to schedule House Bill 4035 for a vote. If you reside or participate in dog events in Branch, Hillsdale, or Jackson Counties, be sure to mention that you are a constituent in his district (or participate in events in his district) and support this bill:

Phone: 517-373-5932
(Note: The Senator’s office requests that full name, address, and telephone number be included in your email)

 2) Contact your state senator.  Ask them to support House Bill 4035 and to request that it be scheduled for a vote.  Let them know you are a constituent when contacting them.  Use the Michigan Legislator “Find Your Senator” tool to find the name and contact information for your state senator.

Talking Points:

This bill would be a significant step forward for Michigan dog owners, as there are several local governments in the state that have considered or enacted breed-specific laws over the past several years affecting a wide variety of breeds.  These laws impact responsible dog owners and clubs looking to host shows in local Michigan communities.

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.

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