Legislative Alerts

AKC Legislative Alerts

Learn the latest from AKC Government Relations and take action on bills that could impact responsible dog ownership, canine well being and your rights to own a dog.

  • California Info: Assembly Considering Bill Requiring Emergency Preparedness Plans for Kennels May 20, 2022
    A bill recently amended in the California Assembly Appropriations Committee would require kennels to have an emergency preparedness plan. The bill has passed committees and will likely be considered soon by the full Assembly. Those who wish to contact their Assemblyperson regarding Assembly Bill 1648 may do so by typing your address on the State […]
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  • New York: Bills Regulating Shelters, Importation Advancing May 18, 2022
    The New York Assembly and Senate continue to advance bills that will provide new regulations regarding dogs being imported into the state for sale, and also numerous new requirements regarding the care of dogs at New York shelters. Those who wish to comment on these bills may do so at the links provided below. Summary: […]
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  • VT Update: Provision Ensuring Domestic Animal Welfare Advances to Governor’s Desk May 18, 2022
    Through multiple proposals and tenacious advocacy, both the House and Senate have approved a provision to ensure domestic animal welfare with adoption of an amended H. 729. Starting on page 28, amended H. 729 includes development of a plan for the unification and improvement of state administrative functions relating to domestic animal welfare protections.  Among […]
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  • RI Info: Bill Eliminating Tax on Pet Services Gets Hearing May 17, 2022
    The Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a public hearing for multiple bills, including S. 2186, which would eliminate the sales tax on pet care services, defined as pet grooming and boarding services. (Veterinary services are already exempt from sales tax.) The bill also would eliminate the sales tax on taxi services. WHAT YOU […]
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  • Arizona: Bill Limiting Insurance Breed Discrimination Heading to Governor May 17, 2022
    Yesterday, the Arizona Legislature sent a bill to the governor that would be the first step in preventing insurance companies from discriminating based on the breed of dog owned by the policy holder. Arizona residents are encouraged to contact Governor Ducey and ask him to sign House Bill 2323.  Use the online form to submit […]
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  • NY Senate to Vote on “Debarking” Ban – Call Today! May 17, 2022
    Yesterday, a late procedural move advanced a bill in the New York Senate that would ban “debarking” – a veterinary practice also known as bark softening – in the state unless it is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect. The AKC opposes Senate Bill 1125, which would restrict the rights of […]
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  • NY Update: Assembly to Consider Hunting Bill With AKC Amendments May 16, 2022
    The New York Assembly could soon consider a bill that makes certain hunting competitions illegal.  As written, however, Assembly Bill 5746 contains important amendments requested by the AKC to protect training and performance events. Summary: Assembly Bill 5746 is similar to bills introduced in previous sessions that would make it unlawful to organize, sponsor, or […]
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  • NJ Success: East Amwell Township Does Not Advance Animal Ordinance Proposal May 13, 2022
    The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) has learned that East Amwell Township’s Township Committee did not advance a controversial animal ordinance proposal at its meeting last night. AKC expressed deep concerns that several elements of the proposal raised issues of vagueness, were overbroad, or violated due process.  AKC thanks the many concerned […]
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  • Rhode Island Update: “Cost of Care or Forfeit Animals” Bill – Amendments Adopted! May 13, 2022
    On Wednesday, May 11, the Rhode Island Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee addressed concerns raised by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and Rhode Island residents by adopting an amended S. 2443.  Thank you to those residents who responded to AKC Government Relations’ (GR) alert last month that outlined concerns with the bill as introduced and […]
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  • Dallas City Council Approves Pet Store Ordinance May 13, 2022
    The Dallas City Council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that will prohibit pet stores from selling dogs sourced from dog breeders. This newly adopted ordinance will limit pet choice and consumer protections for Dallas area families seeking a dog that fits their needs and lifestyle. AKC regularly submitted opposition to the proposal dating […]
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