Maryland Information: Senate Committee to Consider Bill Eliminating Cap on Compensatory Damages
On Thursday, February 29, 2024, the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hold a hearing on a bill seeks to remove the cap on compensatory damages for which a person who tortiously causes an injury to or death of a pet is liable. Those who wish may comment on this bill using the information below. […] | February 23, 2024
CT Alert: Hearing Wednesday – Oppose Change to Grooming Facility License Definition
The Connecticut Joint Environment Committee’s public hearing agenda for Wednesday, February 28, 2024, includes HB 5223; which would, as part of a handful of provisions under the oversight of the Department of Agriculture, amend the legal definition of “grooming facility” to include those doing business in “any vehicle or trailer”.  As a result, professional handlers […] | February 23, 2024
Indiana Information Update: Bill To Protect Pet Choice, Register Rescues Will Head to Governor
Yesterday, the Indiana House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill that would allow pet stores to continue to sell dogs in Indiana with specific guidelines regarding the care of animals and also require rescues to register with the state. The bill will soon go to the Governor.  Those who wish to contact Governor […] | February 23, 2024
Washington: Ask Committee to Support Bill Protecting Pets and Owners in Extreme Weather
This week, the Senate State Government and Elections Committee advanced a bill that would protect owners and pets during extreme weather situations. Next up, the bill is scheduled for a critical hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Friday, February 23. The bill has already passed the House of Representatives and is nearing […] | February 22, 2024
NJ: Montvale Scheduled to Consider Retail Pet Sales Prohibition on 2/27/24
On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, the Borough of Montvale, New Jersey, is scheduled to consider an ordinance to prohibit the sale of professionally bred and regulated dogs and cats in retail stores. AKC opposes efforts such as this that limit pet choice and consumer protections for area families seeking to purchase a purpose bred pet […] | February 22, 2024
Problematic Bond for Care Language Removed from Kansas Bill
This week the Kansas House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee substituted HB 2542 and removed problematic language requiring a bond for the care of seized animals at the request of AKC. The introduced version of the bill required a licensee to post a bond for the care of their seized animals, and if a licensee […] | February 22, 2024
Arizona: Ask Senate to Support Bill Prohibiting Breed Discrimination in Rental Housing
A bill is advancing in the Arizona Senate that would prohibit landlords from prohibiting specific breeds of dogs in rental properties if they allow dogs on the premises. The AKC supports Senate Bil 1439, which provides a proactive solution to addressing shelter population concerns by keeping pets in homes with their responsible owners and also […] | February 21, 2024
Hawai’i: Problematic Dangerous Dog Bill Up for Committee Hearing Feb. 24, Contact Your Lawmakers
On Tuesday, February 27, 2024 the Hawai’i Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 2692, which seeks to significantly expand the state’s dangerous dog law.  As with its companion bill (HB 2058), the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) concerns include: Proposed enforcement processes do not provide appropriate opportunities for an owner to appeal a […] | February 21, 2024
Kentucky: A Bill for Dog Lovers—the Treeing Walker Coonhound for State Dog
Senate Bill 204 seeks to designate the Treeing Walker Coonhound as the official state dog of Kentucky. The bill recognizes that the Treeing Walker Coonhound is a native Kentucky dog breed developed in the 1800s by two Kentucky breeders. Kentucky dog lovers are urged to contact their state senators and representatives and ask them to […] | February 20, 2024
Tennessee: Updates on Existing and New Bills Impacting Dogs and Dog Owners
Bills of interest to Tennessee dog owners are advancing through the state legislative process. New Bill Information:  HB 2266/SB 2030 seek to amend state laws governing rental housing and leases to establish that “reliable documentation” regarding need for a support animal does not include documentation provided through a website, the primary function of which is […] | February 16, 2024

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