UPDATE: Illinois Bills Held For Further Amendments
SB 139 which sought to ban cropping and docking in Illinois, has been amended to remove all substantive language from the bill. It now simply exists as a placeholder or "shell", should the sponsor choose to revisit the issue later in session.  AKC will continue to monitor this legislation and will update our website if new language […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/update-illinois-bills-held-for-further-amendments/ | March 17, 2009
Washington Alert: SB 5651 to be Considered by House Judiciary Thursday, March 19th
Washington SB 5651 will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 19th, at 10:00AM, in House Hearing Room A, in the John L. O'Brien Building, 504 15th Avenue SW, in Olympia, WA 98504. SB 5651 is part of a radical national legislative agenda aimed at limiting the freedoms and liberties of Americans […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/washington-alert-sb-5651-to-be-considered-by-house-judiciary-thursday/ | March 17, 2009
West Virginia Bill A Radical Attempt At Limiting Dog Ownership
West Virginia House Bill 2843, sponsored by Delegates Daniel Poling of Wood, Virginia Mahan of Summers, Nancy Guthrie of Kanawha, Roy Givens of Brooke, and Tom Azinger of Wood, seeks to define commercial dog breeders and to impose limits on the ownership of dogs.  Similar to many bills introduced in legislatures across the country in […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/west-virginia-bill-a-radical-attempt-at-limiting-dog-ownership/ | March 17, 2009
Texas Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bills Introduced
Two mandatory spay/neuter bills have been filed in the Texas Legislature.  House Bill 4277, sponsored by Representative Jose Menendez of San Antonio, and Senate Bill 1845, sponsored by Senator Leticia Van de Putte also of San Antonio, will require that all dogs over six months of age be sterilized.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) and […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/texas-mandatory-spay-neuter-bills-introduced/ | March 16, 2009
Arkansas Seeks to Require Annual Licenses of Up to $1000 for Dog Owners and Handlers
A bill has been introduced in the Arkansas Senate that requires owners of 12 or more dogs of any age to purchase an annual license for the right to maintain ownership of the dogs, regardless of whether the animals are on your property.  "Owner" is defined as someone who meets any of the following criteria: […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/arkansas-seeks-to-require-annual-licenses-of-up-to-1000-for-dog-owners/ | March 16, 2009
Oregon Bill Increases Insurance Standards for Pit Bull Owners
Oregon Representative Vicki Berger has introduced legislation that would require "pit bull" owners to maintain $1 million in insurance coverage. It is important that all responsible dog owners, fanciers, and breeders contact the bill’s sponsor and members of the House Consumer Protection Committee and oppose House Bill 2852. House Bill 2852 would require owners of "pit […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/oregon-bill-increases-insurance-standards-for-pit-bull-owners/ | March 13, 2009
URGENT: Illinois Crop/Dock and Breeder Regulations Bills to Be Heard on March 10 and March 11!
The AKC urges all responsible dog owners and breeders to call or email your state legislators TODAY regarding two important pieces of legislation that are scheduled for consideration on Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12, 2009. It is crucial that constituents communicate their opposition to these measures immediately. Although we are awaiting amendments for […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/urgent-illinois-crop-dock-and-breeder-regulations-bills-to-be-heard-on/ | March 10, 2009
North Carolina Bills Aim to Regulate Breeders
North Carolina House Bill 460, sponsored by Representative Maggie Jeffus of Greensboro and Representative Margaret Highsmith Dickson of Fayetteville, and its companion bill, Senate Bill 460, sponsored by Senators Don Davis of Snow Hill and Senator Don Vaughan of Greensboro, have been filed.  The bills seek to regulate the commercial breeding of dogs in North […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/north-carolina-bills-aim-to-regulate-breeders/ | March 9, 2009
Vote Postponed on Chicago Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill
Alderman Burke has postponed a vote on the proposed mandatory spay/neuter ordinance. Over 130 people signed up to address the committee about the issue and several aldermen questioned whether this was an effective and economical policy for the city to pursue. AKC thanks the many breeders and responsible owners who attended the meeting as well […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/vote-postponed-on-chicago-mandatory-spay-neuter-bill/ | March 9, 2009
New York Legislation Would Classify More Residents as ‘Pet Dealers’
New York Assembly Bill 5507, sponsored by Assemblyman Greg Ball, seeks to classify more residents as "pet dealers"; seeks to impose ambiguous rules on all animal facilities, including homes of responsible breeders and shelters; and to define and regulate certain entities as commercial kennels.  The American Kennel Club is urging all concerned responsible dog breeders […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/new-york-legislation-would-classify-more-residents-as-pet-dealers/ | March 6, 2009

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