MN Update: Companion Animal Board Bill Scheduled for Hearing This Friday, 2/25
Update: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 Minnesota House File 208 has been scheduled for consideration by the House State Government Finance and Elections Committee this Friday, February 25.  Concerned Minnesota residents who have not already contacted the committee to express concerns are strongly encouraged to do so today.  To submit written testimony, please email Amanda Rudolph, […] | February 23, 2022
Missouri House Local Government Committee to Hear Breed Specific Legislation Again
The Missouri House Local Government Committee will again consider two bills tomorrow, February 23 that would prohibit local municipalities from enacting breed-specific laws in the state. The hearing will begin at 4:00pm. AKC supports House Bill 1588 and House Bill 1657 and encourages clubs and those who participate in dog events to contact the committee […] | February 22, 2022
Tennessee: Act Now on Potentially Troublesome Doghouse Bill; Support Police, Working Dog Protections
SB 1788 – REQUIREMENTS FOR STRUCTURES THAT HOUSE DOGS.  Senate Bill 1788 seeks to establish new, potentially vague requirements for providing shelter to dogs. This bill is on the agenda of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, February 22 at 3:00pm. Dog owners are urged to immediately contact committee members and ask them to oppose […] | February 18, 2022
Washington, DC: District Council Considering Proposal Impacting Dog Owners on 2/28
The Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety will conduct a public hearing on Monday, February 28, 2022, at 1:30 pm, regarding proposed amendments to the Animal Care and Control Act. Among other provisions, B24-0560 addresses the issue of animals that are seized and the costs of their care during […] | February 18, 2022
Maryland: Act Now to Oppose HB 1062 Impacting Your Dog Ownership Rights!
The Maryland House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on House Bill 1062 on Thursday, February 24 at 1:00pm.  This bill addresses the issue of animals that are seized and the costs of their care during impoundment. AKC strongly believes that those who treat animals in a cruel manner should be held accountable and […] | February 18, 2022
California Update: AKC Monitoring Multiple Bills Impacting Dog Owners
The California Legislature has introduced several bills with the potential to impact dog owners.  AKC Government Relations is in contact with the authors of critical bills and is working to ensure the best interest of responsible dog owners is protected. While no action is essential at this time, California dog owners are encouraged to make […] | February 18, 2022
Regulatory Info: FDA Looking for Public Input on Antimicrobial Use Practices in Companion Animals
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is soliciting comments from the public on the use of antimicrobial drugs in companion animals.  Specifically, FDA is interested in learning whether the use of such drugs has resulted in microorganisms—like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites—becoming resistant to them.  FDA hopes to engage with […] | February 17, 2022
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 […] | 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 […] | 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, […] | February 16, 2022

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