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House Bill 2238 was heard yesterday in the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee. The bill was left pending in the committee for now, but it could still be scheduled for a vote in the coming weeks, so it is necessary to continue contacting the committee. A staff member from the AKC GR team attended the hearing and testified against the bill. Click here to view our previous alert on this legislation.

AKC outreach efforts were successful as the sponsor State Representative Brad Buckley received many calls in opposition to HB 2238. As a result, the sponsor has agreed to meet with AKC to discuss our concerns with the bill and we greatly appreciate his willingness to work with us. Currently, there is no need to continue to contact the sponsor’s office in opposition to this legislation.

If you would like to email his office and thank him for agreeing to meet with AKC please send to:

Continue Contacting the Committee

There is still a chance this bill could be called for a vote as currently written so it is important to continue to contact the committee chair to urge him not to call a vote on HB 2238 and to contact the other committee members to urge them to oppose the bill as currently written.  If you are a constituent, please be sure to mention that when contacting them:

Committee members contact information:

Chair Ken King (Dist. 88- Panhandle, South Plains Region)
(512) 463-0736

Vice Chair Armando Walle (Harris County)
(512) 463-0924

State Rep Craig Goldman (Tarrant County)
(512) 463-0608

State Rep Sam Harless (Harris County)
(512) 463-0496

State Rep Jared Patterson (Denton County)
(512) 463-0694

State Rep Matt Schaefer (Smith County)
(512) 463-0584

State Rep Matt Shaheen (Collin County)
(512) 463-0594
State Rep Ana Hernandez (Harris County)
(713) 675-8596
State Rep Abel Herrero (Nueces County)
(512) 463-0462

State Rep Tracy King (Atascosa, Dimmit, Frio, Uvalde, Webb, and Zavala Counties)
(512) 463-0194

State Rep Senfronia Thompson (Harris)
(512) 463-0720

AKC GR continues to monitor Texas legislation impacting dog owners and will continue to provide updates as necessary.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at