Arizona Update: Bill Prohibiting Insurance Breed Discrimination Passes the House
This morning, the Arizona House of Representatives passed a ban on insurance breed discrimination by a vote of 42-16, with two members not voting. Please take a moment to look at the vote and see how your State Representative voted.  To view the votes, click on the “Show House THIRD” button at the bottom of […] | March 17, 2022
VT Alert: Express Support for Bill Establishing Public Safety Agency with Domestic Animal Protections
Amended Vermont Senate Bill 155, which would provide administrative support to the state’s Animal Cruelty Investigative Advisory Board (ACIAB), has been sent to the Senate calendar, providing notice of an upcoming vote.  The amended bill, which is supported by both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs (VT Federation), has […] | March 17, 2022
California Information: Microchip, Pet Theft Bill Scheduled for Hearing on March 29
A California Assembly Committee is considering a bill on Tuesday, March 29, that modifies the laws regarding pet theft and recovering a dog that has been impounded. Those who wish to comment on this bill are encouraged to do so using the links listed below. Bill Summary: Assembly Bill 2723 seeks to address the issue […] | March 17, 2022
Alabama Bill Authorizing Confiscation of Dogs on “Suspicion” of Harassing Livestock in Committee Tomorrow A.M. (3/17)
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has learned that House Bill 485 will be voted on in the House Agriculture Committee tomorrow morning, March 17, 2022.  The committee meets at 9:15 a.m.  It is imperative that Alabama dog owners contact the committee and urge them to not advance HB 485 as currently worded. AKC is concerned […] | March 16, 2022
Arizona: Two Bills Benefitting Dog Owners are Advancing – Express Your Support Today!
Two bills with a positive impact on Arizona dog owners are moving in the state legislature.  Arizona residents are encouraged to reach out to the legislature and express support for the following bills: House Bill 2323 – Banning Homeowner’s and Renter’s Insurance Dog Breed Discrimination Status: Pending vote by full House of Representatives – Possibly […] | March 16, 2022
Tennessee Action Alert: Act NOW to Oppose TWO Overreaching and Harmful Anti-Tethering Bills
Two bills that seek to criminalize safely tethering a dog are on the agenda of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee tomorrow, March 16. One of the bills could actually increase the risk of harm to a dog. Dog owners are urged to immediately call and email subcommittee members and respectfully ask them to vote NO […] | March 15, 2022
NJ Update: Senate Committee Takes Action on Two Canine Forfeiture Bills
Yesterday, the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee considered two dog-related bills of concern to the American Kennel Club (AKC). As introduced, both measures, SB  333 and 981,  failed to protect ownership interests.  See AKC’s March 11 action alert. As originally worded, Senate Bill 333 sought to permit courts to order the forfeiture of […] | March 15, 2022
Kansas to Consider New Pet Animal Inspection Division on Thursday, March 17
Kansas Senate Bill 551 would establish a new division within the Kansas Department of Agriculture specifically tasked with inspecting pet animal facilities that will include breeders licensed by the state, pet shops, boarding kennels, rescues, distributors, research facilities, and shelters. This division will be known as the Pet Animal Facilities Inspection Division. SB 551 has […] | March 15, 2022
Rhode Island Update: “Lawyers for Animals” Bill Held for Further Study
AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) issued a recent alert encouraging Rhode Island residents to strongly oppose H. 7678, which seeks to create court-appointed legal advocates for animals.  Many of you submitted testimony in opposition (uploaded here) for consideration by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 10, 2022.  AKC GR greatly appreciates your strong advocacy […] | March 14, 2022
CT Update: Bill Concerning Tethering and Sheltering of Dogs Given Favorable Report
The Connecticut Joint Planning and Development Committee made one substantive change to HB 5170 and released it favorably to the Legislative Commissioner’s Office for review.  The office will examine the bill to ensure the text is clear, concise and constitutionally sound before advancing. As detailed in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC’s) informational communication last month, […] | March 14, 2022

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