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.

  • Maryland: House and Senate Committees to Consider Hunting Bill Addressing AKC Concerns January 14, 2021
    The Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Friday, January 15, 2021, on House Bill 293, and the Maryland Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Thursday, January 21, 2021, on Senate Bill 200.  These identical bills seek to prohibit contests where […]
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  • Texas Breeders Update: Sunset Commission Protects Ineffective Regulatory Program, Harmful Legislation Filed January 13, 2021
    Today, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission accepted the modification of State Senator Lucio to “sever” the Commission Staff’s recommendation that the Licensed Breeders Program be eliminated.  The modification was then adopted as part of the entire package of changes to programs administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.  In effect, the Licensed Breeder […]
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  • Maryland: House and Senate Committees to Consider Bills Regulating Dogs Outdoors – Call Today! January 12, 2021
    The Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Friday, January 15, 2021, on House Bill 81, and the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, on Senate Bill 122.  These identical bills place limitations on dogs being outdoors and unattended when […]
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  • Indiana: Support Bill Providing Liability Protections for COVID Exposure on January 13 January 12, 2021
    Tomorrow  (Wednesday, January 13), the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering Senate Bill 1, which provides certain liability protections when there has been exposure to the COVID-19 virus. This new law may be of potential interest to some AKC-affiliated clubs with concerns about conducting their events while under a higher-than-normal exposure to liability risks. […]
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  • Texas Update: Licensed Breeders Program Vote Scheduled for Wednesday; Alternate Proposal Would Preserve the Program Expected January 11, 2021
    On Wednesday, January 13, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is expected to take action on its staff’s recommendation that the state’s Licensed Breeders Program be eliminated due to its ineffectiveness, inefficiencies, and costliness.  Eliminating the licensed Breeders Program is among a series of recommendations for programs administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation […]
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  • USDA APHIS Posts Annual Enforcement Data January 11, 2021
    Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the posting of its fiscal year 2020 summary enforcement data.  This data summarizes enforcement efforts on animal welfare from APHIS’ Investigative and Enforcement Services division, which investigates alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act and its regulations. The Fiscal Year […]
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  • State Reopenings and Status of Pet Care Services  January 11, 2021
    The following chart provides information on COVID-19 shelter in place/closure orders with respect to rules impacting access to pet care, supplies, and services.  This document will be updated to reflect changing circumstances as new information becomes available. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many states are shutting down all but what they deem to be essential […]
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  • Status Of Legislatures Impacted by COVID-19 December 18, 2020
    As you may have already seen, the COVID-19 outbreak and preventative public health measures are having a significant impact on legislative schedules and hearings around the country. Schedules are evolving rapidly.  As of (4:00 PM on 12/18/20), here are the latest schedule updates impacting legislation at the state and federal level. Please continue to check […]
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  • NJ Update: Troublesome AR-based Advocates Bill Passes Committee December 15, 2020
    As expected, yesterday the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 2868.  The bill seeks to create court-appointed legal advocates for animals, but features language that explicitly undermines the traditional legal classification of animals as property and limits the rights of animal owners. The American Kennel Club (AKC) strongly condemns animal cruelty and believes […]
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  • Michigan: Urgent! Tell your Senator to Ask for a Vote to Ban Breed-Specific Legislation December 11, 2020
    The Michigan Legislature is only in session for a few more days, and your help is needed to get a vote on a bill that would finally ban breed-specific laws in Michigan. House Bill 4035 has already passed the House and only needs a vote on the Senate floor before being sent to the governor.  […]
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