West Virginia Success: Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill Will Not Advance
A West Virginia measure that would have instituted statewide mandatory spay/neuter policies was not considered in committee prior to the hearing deadline.  As a result, the bill will not advance this year. Instead, a resolution has been introduced that would require the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to “study the most effective, humane, and […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/west-virginia-spay-neuter-success/ | March 3, 2016
Connecticut Action Needed: Express Opposition to Non-Economic Damages Bill
Connecticut law already allows the owner of a companion animal that has been intentionally injured or killed to collect economic damages (i.e., claims substantiated by a specific cost), including veterinary care cost and the monetary value of the animal.  Connecticut Senate Bill 228 would go a drastic step further and allow non-economic damages in cases […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/connecticut-opposition-non-economic-damages-bill/ | March 2, 2016
Connecticut: Support Ban on Discriminatory Breed-Specific Homeowners Insurance Policies
On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Insurance and Real Estate Committee will consider House Bill 5443, which would prohibit insurance companies from establishing minimum premiums, canceling, refusing to renew, or refusing to issue a homeowners insurance policy based solely on the breed of dog owned by the insured or applicant.  The […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/connecticut-support-ban-discriminatory-breed-specific-legislation/ | March 2, 2016
New Jersey to Consider Bills Limiting Pet Choice & Consumer Protections, Other Issues on Thursday, M
Monday, February 29, 2016 On Thursday, March 3, 2016, committees of the New Jersey Legislature will consider several dog-related bills.  New Jersey residents are strongly encouraged to take action on the bills, as noted below. Senate Economic Growth Committee The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee is scheduled to consider three bills dealing with dogs […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-jersey-multi-bill-post-february-29/ | February 29, 2016
Illinois Committee to Consider Debarking Ban on March 1
An Illinois committee is scheduled to consider a bill on Tuesday, March 1, that would ban debarking unless it is medically necessary to treat an illness, congenital defect, disease or injury.  While the AKC supports the provision in House Bill 5004 that only allows debarking to be performed by a licensed veterinarian, we oppose the […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/illinois-debarking-ban/ | February 26, 2016
West Virginia Introduces Mandatory Spay/Neuter Proposal
A proposal has been introduced in West Virginia that would require the sterilization of all dogs and cats, with very few exceptions. All bills must be considered in committee by the end of this week, so it is important that all who reside or participate in conformation, hunting, performance, or other activities with dogs in […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/west-virginia-introduces-mandatory-spay-neuter-proposal/ | February 23, 2016
Virginia: All Bills Allowing Private Citizens to Remove Animals from Vehicles Defeated or Amended
The American Kennel Club cares deeply about the welfare of all dogs and supports the ability of law enforcement or public safety officers to remove dogs from vehicles when they are in distress due to heat or other environmental conditions that present an immediate danger to the dog. However, a number of bills were introduced […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/va-vehicle-bills-amended/ | February 23, 2016
Iowa Update: Breeder Bills Advance with Significant Amendments
Two bills proposed in Iowa that would have further regulated breeders have been significantly amended in committee.  The original language has been deleted in its entirety and replaced with a proposal for a new “Quality Assurance Council”.  This new council will be charged with reviewing applications from commercial breeders “who seek to receive a quality […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ia-breeder-bills-amended/ | February 23, 2016
Rhode Island: Tethering Restrictions, Other Dog Bills To Be Considered on Wednesday, February 24
On Wednesday, February 24, the Rhode Island House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee will consider several dog-related bills, including House Bill 7062, which seeks to further restrict the practice of humane tethering of dogs.  Current Rhode Island law provides specific exemptions from the state’s restrictions on the practice of tethering animals.  Exempted parties include licensed […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/rhode-island-tethering-dog-bills/ | February 22, 2016
WI Bill Making Reclaiming of Lost Pets More Difficult Passes Legislature–Contact the Governor!
A Wisconsin bill that will make it more difficult for owners to reclaim lost pets was rushed through the legislature this week. Those who reside or participate in dog events in Wisconsin are strongly encouraged to contact Governor Walker TODAY and respectfully ask him to veto SB450. Among other provisions, SB450 would shorten the time […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/wi-sb450-governor-alert/ | February 22, 2016

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