Legislative Information and Updates from the AKC
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Taking Command
A Publication of the AKC Government Relations Department
April 2017
What’s New from AKC Government Relations
Spring is an incredibly busy season for those involved with canine legislation. The majority of state legislatures are still in session, providing a great opportunity to communicate with your local lawmakers with the positive message of the many ways breeders and clubs benefit dogs and local communities.
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Congressional Veterinarians Introduce Resolution Honoring Purebred Dogs
U.S. Congressmen and veterinarians Ted Yoho and Kurt Schrader have joined forces across the aisle to introduce a Congressional Resolution in support of National Purebred Dog Day.
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Canines at the Capitol
On a very busy and stressful day at the State Capitol, North Carolina legislators and staff, were thrilled to once again welcome the American Kennel Club for the annual AKC Canines at the Capitol event. The AKC invited them to “come hug a dog on your lunch break” and they did just that – taking “paws” from the issues of the day to decompress and posing for pictures with some local AKC top dogs!
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Government Relations Welcomes New California Federation
AKC Government Relations recently welcomed the Dog Owners of the Golden State (DOGS) as its fourth recognized federation in California. GR works with state federations of dog clubs to fight bad dog laws and support positive measures that teach the public about responsible dog ownership and care.
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AKC GR Awards Help Support Your Club’s Community Outreach
Did you know the AKC has several grant opportunities and awards that are given throughout the year to various AKC clubs, federations, and other exceptional community leaders who work to advance responsible dog ownership?
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Legislative Information and Updates
  Forty-one states, Congress, and Puerto Rico are in session. Louisiana is accepting pre-filed bills for its upcoming legislative session. AKC Government Relations is currently tracking more than 1,700 bills on the federal, state, and local levels.

Visit the 2017 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 U.S.
State — issues specific to your state
Local/Other — issues at the city, county, and metropolitan levels, and in U.S. territories

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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