SOUTH DAKOTA: Bill Seeks to Include Psychiatric Disability and Mental Disability in Service Animal Definition
South Dakota Senate Bill 84 seeks to provide additional categories in its Service Animal Definition.  The bill will be considered by the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:45 AM in Room 412. South Dakota law already allows individuals who are totally or partially physically disabled, totally or partially blind, or totally […] | February 3, 2020
Iowa: Support Bill Protecting Dog Ownership Rights in Subcommittee on Wednesday (2/5)
An Iowa House Subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill on Wednesday, February 5, that contains several provisions updating current laws to protect dog ownership. Those who reside or participate in dog events in Iowa are encouraged to contact the subcommittee members prior to Wednesday’s hearing and express your support for the provisions of House […] | February 3, 2020
Urge IL Committee to Support Bill Prohibiting Breed Discrimination in Insurance Policies
A bill assigned to the Illinois Senate Insurance Committee would protect the rights of dog owners in the state by preventing insurance companies from canceling, refusing, or imposing an increased premium on policies based on a specific breed of dog. Illinois dog owners are encouraged to contact the Illinois Senate Insurance Committee and ask them […] | February 3, 2020
Virginia Senate Committee to Consider Tethering bill and Others Tomorrow (2/4) – Call Today!
The Virginia full Senate ACNR Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 272 TOMORROW (Tuesday, February 4).  This is the Senate version of House Bill 1552.  Both bills seek to modify or include provisions that were not included in the tethering legislation that was just passed and became law last session.  Unlike House Bill 1552, […] | February 3, 2020
Florida – Bills of Concern to Breeders, Dog Owners, and Veterinarians in Committees Next Week (Feb. 3 and 4)
New and advancing bills of concern to breeders, dog owners, and veterinarians are scheduled for hearings at the Florida state legislature on Monday, Feb.  3 and Tuesday, Feb. 4. SB 1698 is on the agenda of the Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology on Monday, February 3.  Among other provisions, this bill would require […] | January 31, 2020
New York: Bills Regulating Dogs Outdoors, Limiting Pet Choice To Be Considered Monday (2/3)
The New York Senate Domestic Animal Welfare Committee is scheduled to consider several bills on Monday impacting New York dog owners and future dog owners.  New York residents are urged to contact the committee to express your comments prior to the hearing (scroll down for contact information). Bills on the agenda for the Monday, February […] | January 31, 2020
Virginia House Subcommittee Makes Some Positive Changes, Concerns Still Remain
Some positive actions for dog owners were taken in the Virginia House Agriculture Subcommittee on Wednesday, January 29, and we appreciate all who have taken time to contact their legislators.  The bills continue to move quickly, and AKC will continue to provide updates. Actions this week include: Amendment to regulations on tethering and keeping dogs […] | January 31, 2020
Colorado: Attend Monday’s Hearing to Show Your Support for Consumer Choice, Purebred Dogs
January 30, 2020 Colorado House Bill 20-1084, which will place further regulations on breeders and restrict pet choice and consumer protections in the state, is scheduled for a hearing in the House Rural Affairs & Agriculture Committee for Monday, February 3. It is very important for the committee to see the number of Colorado residents […] | January 30, 2020
Virginia Senate Companion Animals Sub-Committee to consider Tethering bill and others Tomorrow (1/30) – Call Today!
The Virginia Senate ACNR Companion Animals Sub-Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 272 TOMORROW (Thursday, January 30). This is the Senate version of House Bill 1552 we alerted you on yesterday.  Thanks to all of you who took the time to contact the House Agriculture Subcommittee on that bill.  We now ask that you […] | January 29, 2020
Washington Committee to Consider Bill Regulating Breeders, Eliminating Pet Choice and Consumer Protections on Friday 1/31
A bill has been introduced in the Washington State House of Representatives that would ban the sale of pets in pet stores and restrict pet choice and consumer protections in the state.  The House Committee on Consumer Protection and Business is scheduled to consider the bill on Friday, January 31. Washington residents are strongly encouraged […] | January 29, 2020

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