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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is pleased to support Minnesota Senate Bill 1109.  The bill seeks to provide $150,000 in funding for the training of service dogs to assist some of the state’s firefighters with posttraumatic stress disorder.  All Minnesota residents are encouraged to join in support of the bill.

AKC’s POSITION ON THE USE OF DOGS FOR ASSISTANCE AND SERVICE:  The American Kennel Club strongly supports the training and use of dogs to provide assistance and service to humans.  Dogs provide valuable service as: seeing eye dogs; hearing dogs; therapy dogs; handicapped assistance dogs; drug, bomb, and arson detection dogs; and tracking dogs to locate missing persons and fugitives.

BILL STATUS:  The bill is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  All Minnesota residents are encouraged to join in support of the bill.  Email the committee members below and let them know you support SF 1109.

State Senator Jim Abeler, Chair
3215 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3733
sen.jim.abeler@senate.mn

State Senator Paul J. Utke, Vice Chair
3403 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9651
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State Senator Jeff Hayden, Ranking Minority Member
2209 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4261
Email form

State Senator Michelle R. Benson
3109 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3219
Email form

State Senator John A. Hoffman
2231 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4154
Email form

State Senator Jason Isaacson
2321 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5537
Email form

State Senator Scott M. Jensen
3229 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4837
Email form

State Senator Mary Kiffmeyer
3103 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5655
Email form

State Senator Matt D. Klein
2409 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4370
Email form

State Senator Jerry Relph
3211 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-6455
sen.jerry.relph@senate.mn

State Senator Julie A. Rosen
2113 Minnesota Senate Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5713
sen.julie.rosen@senate.mn

For more information on Minnesota SF 1109 or other pending legislation, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.

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