Nevada: Ask Committee to Support Ban on Insurance Breed Discrimination on Wednesday (4/21)
The Nevada Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee is considering a bill on Wednesday, April 21, that would prohibit homeowner’s, renter’s and mobile home insurance or vehicle umbrella insurance providers from refusing or cancelling coverage or increasing premiums based solely on the breed of dog owned by the policy holder. All responsible dog owners and breeders […] | April 19, 2021
Arkansas—Act Now to Voice Support for Working Animal Protection Act!
House Bill 1883, the Working Animal Protection Act, seeks to protect use of working animals in human service and animal enterprise.  HB 1883 has passed in House committee, and will next be voted on by the full House.  A House vote could be held as early as Monday, April 19, 2021. Owners, handlers, and exhibitors […] | April 16, 2021
CT Update: Two Dog-Related Bills Scheduled for Action by House or Senate
This week, two dog-related bills were placed on the calendar for action by the Connecticut House and Senate as follows: House: HB 6504, regarding animal welfare, has already been reported favorably by Joint Environment Committee.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports HB 6504 because it would: Require a veterinary examination of animals brought into the […] | April 16, 2021
Illinois: Multiple Bills with Significant Impact on Dog Owners Continue to Advance, Contact Lawmakers Today
The Illinois Legislature returned from Spring Break and immediately continued work on bills impacting dog owners and breeders in the state.  AKC and the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs are working hard to advocate for responsible purebred dog owners. We urge dog owners, Illinois dog clubs and breeders to join us in working to protect […] | April 16, 2021
NH Update: Hearing on Three Helpful Bills Before Committee on Monday, April 19, 2021
Starting at 1pm on Monday, April 19, 2021, three animal bills that have favorably passed the New Hampshire House of Representatives will be considered by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) strongly encourages those who reside in New Hampshire to contact the committee right away to express support. […] | April 15, 2021
Alabama: AKC Supports Bill that Reduces a Barrier to Use of Detection Dogs
Senate Bill 353, which seeks to exempt gross proceeds from the sale or lease of detection dogs from rental, sales, and use taxes in Alabama, has been reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Finance and Tax Education. SB 353 defines a detection dog as a dog trained to use its senses to detect substances […] | April 15, 2021
West Virginia: 2021 Legislative Session Review
Recently, the West Virginia General Assembly adjourned its 2021 session.  While very few bills relating to dogs and dog owners got much traction, AKC Government Relations did monitor a few bills of note. Those bills monitored by AKC Government Relations included: House Bill 2095 was comprehensive legislation seeking to enhance West Virginia’s animal welfare laws […] | April 14, 2021
CT Update: Service Animals Clarifications Bill Sent to Second Committee
Yesterday, the Connecticut House of Representatives sent an amended version of HB 6318 to the Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees.  The bill, which has already been favorably released by the Joint Human Services Committee, would: Provide public employees with paid leave for up to 20 days to train with a newly-acquired service animal, […] | April 14, 2021
Alabama—Urge Amendments to Problematic Sections of Tethering Bill, Scheduled for Committee Hearing Tomorrow Morning, 4/15/21
House Bill 551 seeks to establish requirements and restrictions for tethering a dog. As introduced, HB 551 includes certain problematic provisions. The bill’s sponsor has indicated willingness to amend the bill to address concerns while maintaining sections that provide protections for dogs. HB 551 is on the agenda of the House Committee on Agriculture and […] | April 14, 2021
Five Things You and Your Club Can Do Today to Fight CA AB 702 – Regulation of all Breeders
On April 27, the California Assembly Business and Professions Committee will consider Assembly Bill 702 – a bill that would mandate licensing for all breeders as commercial enterprises and create many new vague, unnecessary, and arbitrary regulations that could be difficult for hobby breeders – especially those who live in residential areas – to meet. […] | April 14, 2021

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