Colorado Update: Pet Store Law With Positive Amendments Signed By Governor
The Governor of Colorado has signed into law new regulations for pet stores that will allow them to continue to operate in the state. As introduced, this bill contained false claims about breeders and inaccurate information that pets from rescues are better for public safety as they are not imported from out of state.  Further, […] | May 5, 2021
California: AB 702 – Thank Key Members, Next Steps in Fighting Bad Breeder Proposals
Last week, Assembly Bill 702, which would have regulated all breeders in the state, was tabled for the year.  It cannot be considered before January 2022. Once again, we thank all the clubs and breeders who partnered with the AKC to reach out to the author and Assembly Business and Professions Committee members to communicate […] | May 4, 2021
Rhode Island Action Alert: “Lawyers for Animals”, “Dogs in Cars” Bills to be Heard on May 6, 2021 – Express Opposition Today!
AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) encourages Rhode Island residents to take action as soon as possible on S. 534 and S. 601, which seek to create court-appointed legal advocates for animals; and S.319, which attempts to amend the law regarding animals confined in motor vehicles.  These bills will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee […] | May 3, 2021
Maine Alert: Committee Hearing on Bill Impacting Hunting Dogs on Monday, May 3, 2021
On Monday, May 3, starting at 10am, the Maine Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hear testimony on LD 1265.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) is concerned that, although the title of the bill states it is intended to control the hunting of coyotes, the bill, as introduced, could impact all hunting dogs.  […] | April 29, 2021
VT Alert: Express Support for Bill Requiring Animal Control Officer Training and Authorization
Amended Vermont House Bill 421 has been placed on today’s Senate calendar, providing notice to the Vermont State Senate of an upcoming vote.  The bill, which is supported by both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs (VT Federation), has already been voted favorably by the Vermont House of Representatives […] | April 28, 2021
Texas Update: HB 1818 – Restricting Retail Pet Sales – Passed by Full House
The American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Government Relations Department (GR) has just learned that, on second reading, the Texas House of Representatives voted in support of House Bill 1818 by a vote of 75-66.  The bill will next be scheduled for third reading and a final vote in the House. Click here to read AKC’s April […] | April 27, 2021
New York Continues to Advance Bills Limiting Pet Choice – Call Today
The New York Assembly and Senate continue to advance bills that would limit pet choice and restrict pet stores to only showcasing dogs from rescues that are not affiliated with breeders. Even if you would not personally source to a pet store, it is critical that New York lawmakers understand that pet choice should not […] | April 27, 2021
California Victory: AB 702 to be Pulled from Committee Agenda
AKC has been notified that California Assembly Bill 702, which would have regulated all breeders in the state, will be pulled from today’s committee hearing agenda and not be considered this year. As such, we no longer need clubs and hobbyists to make phone calls during today’s meeting. AKC extends a huge thanks to all […] | April 27, 2021
California: URGENT- Dial In TOMORROW to Oppose to Breeding Permits – Numbers Matter!
Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 27), the California Assembly Business and Professions Committee will be considering Assembly Bill 702 – a bill that would establish onerous permits for ALL California dog breeders  (including co-owners, stud dog owners, etc.) and requirements including business licenses that may be impossible to obtain if you live in a residential setting or […] | April 26, 2021
Texas: Floor Vote on Pet Seller Restrictions Tomorrow; Urge Reps. To Oppose HB 1818 Today!
Late last week, Texas House Bill 1818, which seeks to limit most Texas pet stores from selling purpose-bred dogs, was passed by the House Calendars Committee.  The bill is scheduled to be considered by the full Texas House tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27, 2021.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) and a broad coalition of interest groups […] | April 26, 2021

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