MA Success: Bill Protecting Police K-9s, aka Nero’s Law, Sent to Governor’s Desk for Signature
Today, the Massachusetts Senate agreed to the minor technical changes made to Nero’s Law by the House last week.  Now, HB 4431 has been sent to Governor Baker’s desk for consideration.  He has ten days to sign the bill, veto it, or return it to the Legislature requesting changes. The bill allows emergency care and […] | February 7, 2022
Virginia: Senate ACNR Committee to Consider Pet Shop Spay/Neuter Bill Tomorrow (2/8)
The Virginia Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee (ACNR) is scheduled to consider a bill at its meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, February 8, 2022) that would require a dog or cat obtained from a pet shop to be spayed or neutered.  The meeting will take place 30 minutes after the conclusion of the day’s floor […] | February 7, 2022
Florida: Urge Subcommittee to Advance Breed Neutral Dog Bill
Dog owners in Florida are urged to take action in support of a bill that would remove an exemption under current state law that allows local breed specific ordinances enacted prior to October 1, 1990 to remain in force. This provision is included in CS 1/HB 721 , a bill that seeks to allow a […] | February 4, 2022
Missouri: Ask Committee to Support Bill Protecting Owners Rights for Confiscated Animals
The Missouri Agriculture Policy Committee is considering a bill on Tuesday, February 8, that would make several changes to protect dogs and the rights of dog owners when animals are seized on suspicion of neglect or abuse.  The purpose of the bill is to ensure that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, and to […] | February 4, 2022
MA Success: Bill Protecting Police K-9s, aka Nero’s Law, Passes in House
Yesterday, February 3, 2022, after making minor technical changes, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee advanced SB 2573, Nero’s Law, to the full House, which then approved the bill.  The bill allows emergency care and transportation for a police dog injured in the line of duty, while ensuring ambulance use remains a priority for […] | February 4, 2022
RI Alert: Act Now to Protect Police K9s – Public Hearing Scheduled for February 3, 2022!
The Rhode Island House Health and Human Services Committee has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Thursday, February 3, 2022, on multiple bills, including, H. 7021, which would allow emergency care and transportation for a police dog injured in the line of duty.  Committee details are here. Police K9s work to assist law enforcement in […] | February 1, 2022
Virginia: House Agriculture Sub Committee to Consider Bill Impacting Animal Cruelty Warrants
The Virginia House Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee’s Agriculture Subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill at its 4:00pm meeting tomorrow, February 2, 2022 that will increase the level of proof required before a person can get a warrant for suspected animal cruelty. Those wishing to express support may do so by noon tomorrow […] | February 1, 2022
Maine Alert: Committee Considers Scholarships to Increase Veterinary Workforce on Thursday
On Thursday, February 3, the Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business is hosting a work session on LD 1885, An Act to Increase Maine’s Veterinary Workforce.  The bill would address the shortage of veterinarians in Maine by expanding the state’s scholarship program to practitioners of veterinary medicine in specialties related to emergency and […] | February 1, 2022
Texas: San Marcos Considering Prohibiting Pet Stores from Selling Dogs from Breeders on 2/1
San Marcos, Texas has proposed an ordinance that will prohibit pet stores from sourcing dogs from licensed breeders. This ordinance will limit pet choice and consumer protections for San Marcos area families seeking a dog that fits their needs and lifestyle. Retail pet sales bans/ restrictions limit consumer protections and choice, while doing nothing to […] | January 28, 2022
Missouri Update: Continue Encouraging Committee to Support Breed-Neutral Laws
The Missouri House Local Government Committee considered two bills on Thursday, January 27, that would prohibit local municipalities from enacting breed-specific laws in the state. During the hearing several members of the committee expressed concerns about prohibiting breed-specific laws. It is important for clubs and those who participate in dog events in Missouri to contact […] | January 28, 2022

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