MA Action Alert: Express Concerns Regarding Kennel and Grooming Bills Before July 12, 2021!
The Massachusetts Joint Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee (JCPPL) has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Monday, July 12, 2021, from 1pm to 3pm, and will accept comments on two bills of concern to the American Kennel Club (AKC). OVERSIGHT OF DOG DAYCARES In the wake of a fatal attack on a puppy in […] | July 7, 2021
Update: Rhode Island Adjourns – No Concerning Dog Bills Adopted
AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) is pleased to share that the Rhode Island Legislature adjourned on Thursday, July 1, 2021, with no bills of concern to dog owners adopted. Since January, AKC GR issued several detailed alerts, embedded in the bill numbers below, requesting opposition by residents to bills negatively impacting dogs and owners as […] | July 7, 2021
MA Alert: Act Now to Protect Police K9s – Nero’s Law Public Hearing Scheduled for July 14, 2021!
The Massachusetts Joint Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee (JPSHSC) has scheduled a virtual public hearing for Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from 10am to 1pm on multiple bills, including HB 2547 and SB 1606, which would allow emergency care and transportation for a police dog injured in the line of duty. Please join the American […] | June 30, 2021
Wisconsin Info: Senate Committee Considering Positive Bills Allowing Dogs at Certain Food Establishments
This past week, the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill allowing the state to establish regulations regarding food establishments.  The bill includes an amendment stating that no rule may ban allowing dogs or cats at any establishment that sells only pre-packaged food. The rules established by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection under […] | June 30, 2021
Illinois Update: Bill Restricting Pet Choice, Breed Rescue Sent to Governor – Call Today
Yesterday, the Illinois General Assembly officially sent a bill to the governor that would ban the retail sale of pets in the state. Animal rights activists are flooding the governor’s office with calls and letters of support.  Even if you have already done so, we encourage all dog owners, breed rescues, and clubs in the […] | June 30, 2021
U.S. Congress: Ask Your Member of Congress to Support the Healthy Dog Importation Act
The American Kennel Club welcomes the introduction today of the bipartisan Healthy Dog Importation Act of 2021 (HDIA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and urges you to join AKC in thanking Representatives Kurt Schrader, DVM (D-OR) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) for their leadership in introducing the measure and in asking your member of Congress to support […] | June 29, 2021
Colorado Offering Incentives for Large Events Hosted in the State
The Colorado Governor has signed a bill that provides monetary incentives for certain large events held in the state between July 2, 2021 and December 31, 2022, in order to encourage organizations to host meetings and events in Colorado. This program may be of interest to clubs organizing national specialties or other large multi-day shows […] | June 28, 2021
Update: NH Animal Records Database Becomes Law
On Friday, June 25, New Hampshire’s Governor Sununu signed HB 2, the state budget, into law.  Section 302 of the law establishes a new electronic statewide animal records database.  Details regarding the background on this legislation can be viewed in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC’s) update last week. Animal Records Database Established: In New Hampshire, […] | June 28, 2021
Rhode Island Alert: Emails Needed to Amend Bill Regarding Pets in Divorce Cases, Meeting Scheduled June 29, 2021
On Tuesday, June 29, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee will meet and consider H. 5580, Custody Procedures for Pets in Divorce/Separation. 5580 would create a custody procedure for pets in divorce and separation proceedings based on the best interests of the animal. While that standard is similar to the one used in child custody […] | June 28, 2021
Update: NH Budget Bill Establishing Animal Records Database Being Sent to Governor
Yesterday, June 24, the New Hampshire House of Representatives approved HB 2, a state budget bill that includes text establishing an animal records database, and it is on its way to the Governor’s desk for approval.  This text contains many amendments requested by AKC and its state federation. Background: In January 2021, the American Kennel […] | June 25, 2021

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