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.

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NE State Issues

October 2020

A Police Transparency and Accountability Taskforce has been gathering public input before issuing recommendations for law enforcement reforms. The state Department of Agriculture released draft regulations for animal importers and shelters. Bills were introduced in the House and Senate that would ban or severely limit the use of police K-9s and mischaracterize how working police K-9s are utilized. Two pet retail ban bills – HB 800 and SB 175 – were re-drafted by the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

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NE State Issues

September 2020

Last month the AKC Government Relations Department announced the formation of new Antibreeder harassment taskforce and its webpage with resource information and a reporting form. In September, the Police Transparency and Accountability Taskforce is hosting multiple listening sessions allowing the public to share recommendations for law enforcement reforms. The state Department of Agriculture released draft regulations for animal importers and shelters. The Black and Latino Legislative Caucus filed HD 5128, which included a provision prohibiting the utilization of working police K-9s.

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NE State Issues

August 2020

A Task Force on Police Transparency and Accountability has proposed three subcommittees to provide recommendations on improving police interactions, Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government released a committee re-draft of multiple animal bills.

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NE State Issues

July 2020

A Task Force on Police Transparency and Accountability has proposed three subcommittees to provide recommendations on improving police interactions, assessing resource allocations and collecting data on police actions. A final report and legislative recommendations are expected by December.

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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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