CA AB 485 Passed Senate, Soon Headed to Gov. Brown for Signature or Veto
AB 485 will be sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature or veto upon the Assembly's agreement to include the Senate's amendments in the proposal. It is important that all concerned California residents contact Gov. Brown and urge him to veto AB 485. | September 14, 2017
Florida Temporarily Suspends Certain Transport Requirements for Animals Displaced by Hurricane Irma
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, announced the temporary suspension of the state's intrastate (within the state) movement requirements for the transportation of animals from areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma. | September 8, 2017
More Massachusetts Dogs Bills Scheduled for Consideration on Tuesday, September 12
In addition to bills to be considered by the Joint Judiciary Committee, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture is also scheduled to consider several dog-related bills on Tuesday, September 12. | September 7, 2017
Massachusetts Legislative Committee to Consider Dog-Related Bills on Tuesday, September 12
The Joint Judiciary Committee of the Massachusetts General Court is scheduled to consider four dog-related bills at its upcoming hearing on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. | September 6, 2017
Texas and Louisiana Laws on Disaster Preparedness
In light of the terrible flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey currently affecting southeast Texas, here is a brief review of Texas' and neighboring Louisiana's disaster preparedness laws as they impact household pets. | September 1, 2017
Illinois Update: HB 2810 Still Pending ‘ Urge Governor to Veto
Due to a number of changes on the Governor's staff, House Bill 2810 is still sitting idle. This bill would increase the instances where an animal is seized on suspicion of cruelty and may result in more Illinois dog owners losing their pets even if they are ultimately found not guilty. | August 25, 2017
California Pet Store Bill on Senate Calendar for Monday, August 28
AKC Government Relations just learned that California Assembly Bill 485 is scheduled for consideration and possible vote by the California Senate on Monday, August 28. Because this may be the last chance to express opposition to the bill, it is imperative that concerned Californians contact their state senators and express opposition to the proposal now. | August 25, 2017
USDA-APHIS Seeks Public Input on Potential Changes to AWA Licensing Requirements
APHIS proposes to implement changes to 'better promote sustained compliance with the AWA, reduce licensing fees and burdens, and strengthen existing safeguards that prevent individuals and businesses who are unfit to hold a license from obtaining a licensing or working with regulated animals.' | August 24, 2017
USDA Updates Public Search Tool
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the rollout of the updated public search tool that provides access to Animal Welfare Act compliance records. | August 21, 2017
AKC In Session: Congress Goes to the Dogs
AKC Government Relations is pleased to share the latest issue of our In Session Congressional newsletter, which is sent to members of Congress and staff. This issue highlights our Capitol Hill celebration of National Purebred Dog Day, which included a reception where members of Congress, staff and guests could meet purebred dogs representing each breed […] | July 20, 2017

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