Colorado Update: Bill Allowing Investigations, Impoundments Advancing
A bill is advancing in Colorado that would expand the powers of the state’s Bureau of Animal Protection agents. Currently, the purpose of the Bureau of Animal Protection as stated on the Department of Agriculture’s website, is to “serve as a support mechanism to local law enforcement agencies in conducting animal cruelty and neglect investigations.” […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/colorado-update-bill-allowing-investigations-impoundments-advancing/ | February 14, 2020
Florida – Pet Store Regulatory Bill with Pending Amendments in Committee Monday, February 17, 2020
Senate Bill 1698, which seeks to regulate Florida pet stores, has been rescheduled to be heard by the Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology on Monday, February 17, 2020. Among other provisions, this bill would require Florida pet stores to be licensed by the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation, set out requirements […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/florida-pet-store-regulatory-bill-pending-amendments-committee-monday-february-17-2020/ | February 14, 2020
Virginia Update: Problematic Bills Advancing – Contact Your Legislators Today!
Different versions of bills regulating leaving dogs outdoors and allowing localities to arbitrarily pass laws regulating the care of dogs continue to move in Virginia. The House ACNR Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 19, to conform Senate Bill 272 for possible action later in the week. Summary of Legislative Activity: Update on […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/virginia-update-problematic-bills-advancing-contact-legislators-today/ | February 14, 2020
Tennessee: Bills that Mandate Lifetime Bans on Custody of Dogs and Cats in Committees Next Week– Take Action Today!
Both the House and Senate versions of legislation that would require Tennessee courts to prohibit custody of companion animals upon conviction for certain offenses involving animals will be heard in committees next week. A problematic amendment that would establish mandatory lifetime bans will also be considered. These bills are on the agendas of their respective […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tennessee-bills-mandate-lifetime-bans-custody-dogs-cats-committees-next-week-take-action-today/ | February 14, 2020
WV Info Alert: Senate to Consider Bill to Eliminate Greyhound Breeding Development Fund
SB 285 recently passed the Senate Finance Committee and is pending consideration by the full Senate. The measure seeks to eliminate the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund (GBDF) and redirect all money from the Fund to the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund. Additionally, it would eliminate the requirement that video lottery and racetrack table […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/wv-info-alert-senate-consider-bill-eliminate-greyhound-breeding-development-fund/ | February 14, 2020
Michigan: Detroit to Consider Breeder Permits, Dangerous Dog Revisions on Monday (2/17)
The Detroit City Council will be holding a public hearing on two proposals meant to address dangerous dog and animal control concerns in the city. The proposals are being brought forward after the tragic death of a child in August 2019 that occurred after her neighbor’s dogs escaped from their yard. The American Kennel Club […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/michigan-detroit-consider-breeder-permits-dangerous-dog-revisions-monday-2-17/ | February 12, 2020
Hawaii Senate Bill Seeks to Limit Docking and Cropping
The American Kennel Club is concerned with Hawaii Senate Bill 2512. The bill, which is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, seeks to limit the practices of surgical births, debarking, tail docking, and ear cropping by prohibiting an animal's owner, and the owner's […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/hawaii-senate-bill-seeks-limit-docking-cropping/ | February 12, 2020
Rhode Island Bill Seeks to Change Courts, Standards Used In Ownership Dispute Cases
A problematic Rhode Island House bill, H. 7361, regarding Contested Pet Ownership, is scheduled for public hearing by the House Judiciary Committee on February 12, 2020. The bill would allow an individual to bring a complaint in equity to the district court during dispute over pet ownership of formerly cohabitating people and ask the court […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/rhode-island-bill-seeks-change-courts-standards-used-ownership-dispute-cases/ | February 11, 2020
MA Update: Support Emergency Care for Police K9s Injured in the Line of Duty TODAY!
More than 200 police K9s work to protect the peace and security of Massachusetts communities each day. However, under current law, police dogs are unable to receive immediate medical care and transport by ambulance. SB 2423 and HB 4230 allow for EMT care and transportation of police dogs injured in the line of duty. WHAT […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ma-update-support-emergency-care-police-k9s-injured-line-duty-today/ | February 11, 2020
Tennessee: Animal Cruelty Bill that Ties Hands of the Court on Agenda Tomorrow, 2/11/20
A problematic animal cruelty bill is on the agenda of the Tennessee House Criminal Justice Subcommittee tomorrow, February 11, 2020, at 12:00pm. House Bill 1643 seeks to require the court to impose a mandatory 2-year ban on custody of any companion animal for a person convicted of certain offenses involving animals. In contrast, current law […]https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/tennessee-animal-cruelty-bill-ties-hands-court-agenda-tomorrow-2-11-20/ | February 10, 2020