Alabama Legislature Adjourns for 2023 with No Problematic Dog Bills Enacted
The American Kennel Club Government Relations team (AKC GR) reports that no significant bills affecting dogs passed during the 2023 Alabama legislative session that adjourned on June 6. AKC GR thanks dog owners, AKC club members, sportsmen, allied organizations, and individuals who worked with state lawmakers in support of fair and reasonable policy for dogs. […] | June 8, 2023
California Update on Bills Impacting Dog Owners
Friday, June 2, was the deadline in California for 2023 bills to pass out of the chamber in which they were introduced. AKC continues to monitor several bills impacting dog owners in California. Although no action is needed at this time, below are a few highlights of where legislation stands after the June 2 deadline. […] | June 8, 2023
California: Bill Limiting Use of Police Canines Tabled by Author
At the request of the author, California Assembly Bill 742 limiting the use of police canines has been moved to the inactive file, meaning it will not advance this session. After recent amendments, this bill would have restricted the use of police canines for the purpose of arrest, apprehension, or any form of crowd control. […] | June 7, 2023
CT SB 1069: Clarification– Bill With Positive Amendments Impacting Kennels Proceeding to Governor
The American Kennel Club (AKC) would like to clarify that Connecticut Senate Bill 1069 has been transferred to Governor Ned Lamont for executive action.  While other states assign a “Public Act” number to new laws after receiving a governor’s approval, Connecticut assigns one to legislation that is being prepared to be presented to the Governor […] | June 6, 2023
Pennsylvania Success: Committee Reinstates Exemption for Dog Events Participants and Sportsmen
Today, the Pennsylvania Senate Agriculture and Rural Affaires Committee unanimously adopted an amendment requested and drafted by the AKC to remove language requiring an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection for anyone coming into the Commonwealth for dog events or hunting.  Instead, the bill maintains the current exemption for those entering Pennsylvania for under 30 days. […] | June 6, 2023
CT Update: Amended Bill Impacting Kennels and Domestic Dog Laws Becomes Law
Both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners (CFDRDO) are delighted to report that a further amended SB 1069 was signed into law yesterday by Connecticut Governor Lamont.  Now Public Act No. 23-17, the new law is the result of AKC outreach and grassroots lobbying by […] | June 6, 2023
Pennsylvania: Committee to Consider Changes to Dog Events, Licensing, Other Dog Laws Tomorrow (June 6)
Recently, the Pennsylvania Senate introduced legislation to update Pennsylvania's Dog Law.  This includes positive changes such as removing the different prices for licensing an intact as opposed to a sterilized dog.  The bill as written also includes numerous requirements for those currently licensed as a kennel by the state, as well as those operating as […] | June 5, 2023
Nevada Update on Bills Impacting Dog Owners
The Nevada Legislature and the governor are considering several bills impacting dog owners as the session nears its end. To see the complete list visit the AKC legislative tracker in the AKC Legislative Action Center at  AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to provide updates and alerts on these and other bills that […] | June 1, 2023
Texas Wrap-Up: Updates on Dog-Related Legislation
This past weekend, the 2023 Texas Regular Legislative Session adjourned. AKC tracked 49 bills this session, and below are updates on significant bills of interest impacting Texas dog owners, trainers, and handlers. A special session was called and began on May 30. AKC will continue to track newly introduced legislation throughout the special session. We […] | June 1, 2023
Governor Abbott Signs Breeder Bill into Law
Governor Abbot has signed SB 876 further regulating Texas dog breeders. While the new law goes into effect on September 1, 2023, someone that owns between 5 and 11 intact females will have until January 1, 2024, to come into compliance.  The law will require anyone that both owns 5 or more intact females and […] | May 31, 2023

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