New England State Legislative Issues

State-level issues the AKC is currently tracking

Here are some highlights of state-level issues AKC GR is currently tracking. Visit the 2020 Legislation Tracking page and click on your state to get the latest updates on state bills monitored by the AKC.

Archive

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NE State Issues

June 2020

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources announced June 4, 2020 it had finalized adoption of detailed regulations overseeing animal rescue and shelter organizations and updated regulations for pet shops. A public hearing with strong opposition from animal rights activists was held last April.

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NE State Issues

May 2020

Passage of SB 2646, PAWS II, established a special commission to study and report on the feasibility and cost of mandating that employees and contractors of the Department of Children and Families, employees and contractors of the Department of Elder Affairs and investigators for the Disabled Persons Protection Commission report known or suspected animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.

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NE State Issues

April 2020

The state department of agriculture has publicly released notice of draft regulations overseeing animal importers and shelters. AKC GR has reviewed the proposal and is drafting comments to request the strengthening these rules. Human Services committee is considering HB 5440 to align state law with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

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NE State Issues

March 2020

A hearing on HB 5368 was held and the bill has been favorably released by the Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate making it active for a vote. This bill would establish a task force composed of political appointees to study the use of breed of dog as an underwriting factor for homeowner’s insurance policies.

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