Maryland: House Committee to Vote on Bill Regulating Dogs Outdoors Tomorrow (2/18) – Call Now!
The Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee has scheduled a Committee vote tomorrow, February 18, 2022, at 3 p.m. on House Bill 16.  The bill would place limitations on dogs being outdoors and unattended in certain weather conditions, with exemptions for “if the dog is lawfully and activity engaged in hunting; livestock herding; sledding; sporting; or […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/maryland-house-committee-vote-bill-regulating-dogs-outdoors-tomorrow-2-18-call-now/ | February 17, 2022
NJ Update: Lawyers for Dogs Bill Amended, Passed by Committee
Earlier this week, the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee amended Assembly Bill 1965 and unanimously reported the bill out of committee.  The bill seeks to create an animal advocates program in the state.  Click here to read more information about A.1965. Amendments: Remove section 1 of the bill in its entirety. Section 1 featured problematic […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nj-update-lawyers-dogs-bill-amended-passed-committee/ | February 17, 2022
MA Success: Governor Baker Signs Bill Protecting Police K-9s, aka Nero’s Law!
Late yesterday afternoon, Massachusetts Governor Baker signed Nero’s Law! Effective in 90 days, the new law allows emergency care and transportation for a police dog injured in the line of duty, while ensuring ambulance use remains a priority for human transport. In preparation for when the new law takes effect, the Department of Public Health, […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ma-success-governor-baker-signs-bill-protecting-police-k-9s-aka-neros-law/ | February 16, 2022
Update: Massachusetts’ Joint Judiciary Committee Reports on Animal Bills
Last week, the Massachusetts Joint Judiciary Committee reported (i.e., took action) on three dog-related bills that received a public hearing on May 19, 2021.  At that time, the American Kennel Club (AKC) issued an alert expressing support of five proposals and opposition to four. COMMITTEE RE-WRITES HB 1824, FAVORABLY REPORTS IT OUT AS SB 2672 […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/update-massachusetts-joint-judiciary-committee-reports-animal-bills/ | February 14, 2022
Oppose Hollywood, FL Ordinance that Criminalizes Good Animal Owners – Meeting on 2/16
An overreaching animal ordinance that would criminalize many responsible dog owners in Hollywood, Florida, is on the agenda for Wednesday, February 16, 2022.   Residents are urged to immediately contact their city commissioners and ask them to VOTE NO on the proposed animal ordinance. Respectfully ask them to work with knowledgeable animal owners to develop […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/oppose-hollywood-fl-ordinance-criminalizes-good-animal-owners-meeting-2-16/ | February 11, 2022
Arizona: Ask Committee to Support Ban on Insurance Breed Discrimination on Wednesday (2/16)
An Arizona House Committee scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, February 16, on a bill that would prohibit insurance companies from considering the breed of dog a person owns when considering liability, risk, and other factors related to their homeowners and renters insurance coverage. All responsible dog owners and breeders in Arizona are encouraged to contact […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/arizona-ask-committee-support-ban-insurance-breed-discrimination-wednesday-2-16/ | February 11, 2022
Virginia: Update – Pet Shop Spay/Neuter Bill Continued Until 2023
The Virginia Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee (ACNR) voted 10-0 at its recent meeting to continue Senate Bill 89 to next year. As introduced, Senate Bill 89 would amend existing Code of Virginia section 3.2-6510 by adding language stating that “No pet shop shall sell a dog or cat unless such dog or cat […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/virginia-update-pet-shop-spay-neuter-bill-continued-2023/ | February 11, 2022
Oklahoma: Ask Senate to Support Misdemeanor for Misrepresenting a Service Animal Bill
A bill is moving in the Oklahoma Senate that would penalize those who misrepresent a service animal. AKC supports this bill and condemns the deliberate mischaracterization of service dogs and attempts to benefit from service dog status when the person is not someone with a disability. Oklahoma dog owners are encouraged to contact their State Senator in […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/oklahoma-ask-senate-support-misdemeanor-misrepresenting-service-animal-bill/ | February 10, 2022
NJ Action Alert: Committee to Consider Radical Lawyer for Dogs Bill on Monday, Feb. 14- Call Today!
New Jersey’s latest attempt at creating courtroom advocates for animals program, Assembly Bill 1965, has been scheduled for a hearing by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Monday, February 14, 2022.  Although the bill’s primary sponsor, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, is also the chairman of the Judiciary Committee(likely ensuring the bill’s approval), it is imperative that all […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/nj-action-alert-committee-consider-radical-lawyer-dogs-bill-monday-feb-14-call-today/ | February 10, 2022
Tennessee Informational Alert: Tethering Bill on Subcommittee Agenda Tomorrow, 2/9/22
House Bill 2034 seeks to create the offense of unlawful restraint [tethering] of a dog when outside and unattended without access to shelter and water, subject to additional requirements and exemptions.  It is on the agenda of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee tomorrow, February 9, 2022. As introduced, HB 2034 sets out reasonable requirements for […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tennessee-informational-alert-tethering-bill-subcommittee-agenda-tomorrow-2-9-22/ | February 8, 2022

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