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.

  • Update: Hearing Re-Scheduled for Radical New Hampshire Bill That Would Criminalize Breeding Some Dogs February 23, 2024
    The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the New Hampshire Dogs Owners of the Granite State (NH DOGS) have been notified by the House Environment and Agriculture Committee that the public hearing on House Bill 1102 will take place on March 5, 2024, at 1PM. AKC clubs and NH DOGS are collaborating in strong opposition to […]
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  • Tennessee: Updates on Bills Impacting Dogs, New Hearing Information February 23, 2024
    New Bill Information:  HB 1875/SB 1767, as introduced, seek to expand the definition of “racketeering activity” to include committing, conspiring to commit, aiding, attempting to aid, soliciting, coercing, facilitating, or intimidating another person to commit the offense of animal fighting.  SB 1767 is on the calendar of the Senate Judiciary Committee. AKC Government Relations (AKC […]
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  • Kentucky: Support Positive Amendments Filed to Bills that Impact Dogs February 23, 2024
    Two bills of interest to Kentucky dog owners are advancing in the Kentucky legislature. While the American Kennel Club (AKC) continues to monitor positive developments with House bill 258, we urge Kentucky dog owners to express support of an important amendment to Senate Bill 157. House Bill 258 is an animal cruelty bill that seeks […]
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  • Maryland Information: Senate Committee to Consider Bill Eliminating Cap on Compensatory Damages February 23, 2024
    On Thursday, February 29, 2024, the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hold a hearing on a bill seeks to remove the cap on compensatory damages for which a person who tortiously causes an injury to or death of a pet is liable. Those who wish may comment on this bill using the information below. […]
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  • CT Alert: Hearing Wednesday – Oppose Change to Grooming Facility License Definition February 23, 2024
    The Connecticut Joint Environment Committee’s public hearing agenda for Wednesday, February 28, 2024, includes HB 5223; which would, as part of a handful of provisions under the oversight of the Department of Agriculture, amend the legal definition of “grooming facility” to include those doing business in “any vehicle or trailer”.  As a result, professional handlers […]
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  • Indiana Information Update: Bill To Protect Pet Choice, Register Rescues Will Head to Governor February 23, 2024
    Yesterday, the Indiana House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill that would allow pet stores to continue to sell dogs in Indiana with specific guidelines regarding the care of animals and also require rescues to register with the state. The bill will soon go to the Governor.  Those who wish to contact Governor […]
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  • Washington: Ask Committee to Support Bill Protecting Pets and Owners in Extreme Weather February 22, 2024
    This week, the Senate State Government and Elections Committee advanced a bill that would protect owners and pets during extreme weather situations. Next up, the bill is scheduled for a critical hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Friday, February 23. The bill has already passed the House of Representatives and is nearing […]
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  • NJ: Montvale Scheduled to Consider Retail Pet Sales Prohibition on 2/27/24 February 22, 2024
    On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, the Borough of Montvale, New Jersey, is scheduled to consider an ordinance to prohibit the sale of professionally bred and regulated dogs and cats in retail stores. AKC opposes efforts such as this that limit pet choice and consumer protections for area families seeking to purchase a purpose bred pet […]
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  • Problematic Bond for Care Language Removed from Kansas Bill February 22, 2024
    This week the Kansas House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee substituted HB 2542 and removed problematic language requiring a bond for the care of seized animals at the request of AKC. The introduced version of the bill required a licensee to post a bond for the care of their seized animals, and if a licensee […]
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  • Arizona: Ask Senate to Support Bill Prohibiting Breed Discrimination in Rental Housing February 21, 2024
    A bill is advancing in the Arizona Senate that would prohibit landlords from prohibiting specific breeds of dogs in rental properties if they allow dogs on the premises. The AKC supports Senate Bil 1439, which provides a proactive solution to addressing shelter population concerns by keeping pets in homes with their responsible owners and also […]
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