Taking Command
A Publication of the AKC Government Relations Dept - February/March 2015
 
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What’s New from GR
You’ve probably heard the philosophical question, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” AKC club members may wish to ponder a similar question, “If your club does great things for dogs, do your lawmakers know?”

Positive publicity in the media and in legislative chambers helps underscore that experienced dog owners, breeders, trainers and exhibitors are the best sources of information about dog care and should be the first to be consulted on dog-related policy.

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Assemblyman Carmelo G. Garcia (Dist. 33) of New Jersey stopped by the AKC Government Relations booth at AKC Meet the Breeds.
 
Record Number of Lawmakers Participate as AKC Meet the Breeds Honorary Chairs
AKC GR had a record 120+ New York, New Jersey and Connecticut lawmakers sign on as Honorary Chairs for the 2015 AKC Meet the Breeds event, held in conjunction with “Westminster Weekend”.

AKC Government Relations reached out to federal, state, and local lawmakers in the tri-state area with invitations to be listed as Honorary Chairs and to attend the event. Participating legislators’ names were featured on signage at the event and in a press release sent to local media. AKC GR also invited them to provide photos—with their dogs—that were posted on the AKC Facebook page.

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Tales from the Trenches: Help Prevent Bad Dog Laws
Guest columnist Patricia Johnson has bred, handled, and owned Best In Show Boston Terriers for 35 years. She is an AKC Breeder of Merit, an “AKC Gazette” breed columnist for Boston Terriers, served on her local animal advisory board for 9 years, and authored a pet disaster plan for her city. She owns Pat’s Grooming & Boarding Kennel in Siler City, N.C. The following suggestions are from her article, “How to Prevent Bad Dog Laws”.

It’s not an easy task to influence public opinion about proper dog care and responsible breeding when the media so often focus on animal abusers. In truth, most dogs in the U.S. live great lives and most U.S. dog breeders do a wonderful job of caring for their pets. But that doesn’t make a “news at 5” headline. So, how can we, as responsible dog owners, help educate lawmakers, citizens’ committees, and the public about good policy for dogs and dog owners? How can we work together against bad dog legislation?

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Need a Copy?
2014 Year in Review

Rollout of the new AKC website has temporarily limited access to past editions of Taking Command.

In response to your requests, here’s a link  to the 2014 Year in Review, which was the most frequently requested article from the January 2015 edition of Taking Command. This article recaps 2014 legislative trends and successes, takes a look ahead to this year’s legislative issues, and provides suggestions on how dog owners and breeders can get involved and make a difference.

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More AKC News
Recent news stories, articles and blog posts from the AKC Government Relations team are featured below.

Supreme Court: Public Notice Not Required for Revising Interpretive Rules


On March 9, 2015, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association that administrative agencies do not need to post public notice or solicit comments when they revise interpretive rules. Read more. »
 
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Legislative Information and Updates
Each year, thousands of dog-related laws and regulations are proposed at the federal, state, and local levels. So far this year, AKC GR has been monitoring more than 1,100 measures that could impact dog owners. Congress, 48 state legislatures and the District of Columbia are currently in regular session.

Visit the 2015 Legislation Tracking page for the most up-to-date information on state and federal legislation. This site, updated each weekday, provides the latest bill text, status, and links to legislative alerts posted by the AKC. Click on the links below to view highlights of issues that are being tracked by AKC Government Relations:

Federal — issues that may affect all dog owners in the US
State — issues specific to your state.
Local — issues at the city and county levels

Please contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org for more information or to let us know what’s happening in your local community.
 
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