Taking Command
A Publication of the AKC Government Relations Dept - April 2015
 
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What’s New from GR
Thirteen state legislatures have adjourned for 2015 and elected officials in those states are returning to their districts. This is a great time to meet with legislators while they are close to home.

Did your state senator or representative introduce or vote in favor of positive dog-related measures, such as a bill to end breed-specific legislation? If yes, they need to hear that you support their actions. Take a moment to express your thanks, and ask other dog owners in the district to join you in requesting a meeting or writing personal letters of appreciation. If a bill that benefits dogs did not pass in 2015, encourage your lawmakers to continue working on it in 2016. Politely urge them to strongly oppose legislation that is not in the best interest of dogs or that would restrict the rights of responsible dog owners.

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AKC Applauds Colorado as First State to Celebrate National Purebred Dog Day
On March 10, the Colorado House and Senate passed a resolution making Colorado the first state to officially designate May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day.

The resolution was introduced to coincide with the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs’ annual “Dog Days” at the Capitol in Denver. Purebred dog lovers, celebrity show dogs, and members of Colorado kennel clubs gathered to share with legislators the special value and contributions of purebred dogs in society.

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Grassroots Advocacy: Georgia Canine Coalition Awarded AKC Grant
The American Kennel Club Government Relations team is pleased to announce that the Georgia Canine Coalition has been awarded a Canine Legislative Support Fund (CLSF) Grant. CLSF Educational Grants are designed to assist AKC dog clubs and federations in educating dog owners, the public and elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels to ensure that the rights of responsible dog owners and breeders are protected. These small grants, of up to $500, may also be used for specific public outreach events that highlight AKC positions as they relate to pending state and local policy issues.

The Georgia Canine Coalition received a grant to sponsor a luncheon for the Georgia House and Senate Rural and Sportsman’s Caucuses. These legislators were chosen because the sportsmen have a natural affinity with responsible dog owners and they wanted to educate the rural legislators about dog issues.

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North Carolina State Representative Marilyn Avila Presents Best In Show Award
North Carolina State Representative Marilyn Avila (Dist. 40- Wake County) presented the Best in Show award at the Durham Kennel Club show in March.

Avila, who was invited to the show by the American Kennel Club, has been a strong supporter of responsible dog owners and breeders during her tenure at the General Assembly, and was warmly greeted by spectators and exhibitors as she presented the trophy for Best in Show.

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Supreme Court: Public Notice Not Required for Revising Interpretive Rules
On Monday, March 9, 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.

The federal Administrative Procedure Act (APA) governs the way that administrative agencies of the U.S. government may propose and establish regulations.  One of the jobs of administrative agencies is to issue rules, which the APA defines as, “an agency statement of general or particular applicability and future effect designed to implement, interpret, or prescribe law or policy.”

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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 1,300 measures that could impact dog owners. Congress, 38 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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