10 Tips for Attending a City Council Meeting or Public Hearing Where Discriminatory Dog Laws are Being Discussed”

Everyone should print these out and have them handy before attending a legislative hearing.

(1) Stay for the entire meeting. I recently attended a public hearing in Middletown, New York, where a new dog ordinance was first on the agenda for discussion. After the dog discussion ended, the dozens of advocates in attendance left the hearing; I was one of two people who stayed put. Several of the council members voiced disgust over this….

To read them all (and they are good advice!), here’s the link:
http://ifdogscouldtalk.tumblr.com/post/20788627225/tips

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DOGS Legislative Update #15 – April 11, 2014

4/11/2014

2014 NH Legislative Update #15

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Upcoming Public Hearings & Legislative Meetings

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

House Fish & Game Committee, Room 307 LOB

10:15 AM:  Subcommittee meeting to discuss SB 407 – Banning wolf hybrid dogs and giving Fish & Game Dept. jurisdiction for the enforcement.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Senate Judiciary Committee, Room 100 State House

10:30 AM: Public Hearing on HB 1410 – including pets in domestic protection orders.

CALL TO ACTION – Shelters should provide health certificate

Unfortunately, the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee voted 5-0 to kill HB 1178 (requiring shelters to provide a health certificate issued within 14 days of the sale/transfer of a dog, cat or ferret). While health certificates are required for pets imported into the state, they are not for those that originate in NH.  The Senate Committee agreed with the shelters that the cost of providing a health certificate was too burdensome for these nonprofits. The Senate will vote on the recommendation on April 17th. You are encouraged to contact your state senator – ask them to vote to overturn the committee report and vote to pass the bill. Find your senator and their contact information at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/members/wml.aspxhttp://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/members/wml.aspxhttp://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/members/wml.aspx

Remind senators that health certificates and rabies vaccination are provided to protect public and pet health (including other pets that come into contact with the newly acquired pet). This nominal cost seems little to ask for the protection from infectious diseases.

at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/members/wml.aspxhttp://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/members/wml.aspx

2014 NH Legislative Status Summary

SB 407: As amended in the Senate; defines and regulates the possession of wolf hybrid dogs. Prohibits anyone from newly acquiring or breeding a wolf hybrid. Requires those currently owned to be spayed/neutered. Gives the Fish & Game Dept. authority to inspect and adopt rules. Repeals the exemption allowing them in the state temporarily for competitive events. 

STATUS: Passed the Senate with amendments. Subcommittee meeting of the House Fish & Game Committee on 4/15 at 10:15am.  A Copy of the bill can be obtained at: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/SB0407.pdf

DOGS Position:  The NH statutes already prohibited anyone from newly acquiring a wolf hybrid and requires spay/neutering (RSA466-A:3). The Senate amendment to the current law and the new chapter dedicated to Wolf Hybrids is unnecessary. The Dept. of Agriculture should retain jurisdiction as these are not the kind of “wild” animals that Fish & Game oversees.

HB 1144: As amended, creates a committee to study access to arrest records and case disposition information dissemination. A copy of the bill can be obtained at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1144.pdf

STATUS: Passed House. Senate committee recommends passage.  

DOGS Position:  DOGS supports studying the issue of internet harassment that can ensue when someone is charged with a crime, such as animal cruelty, but not convicted. This bill was requested by someone harassed on the internet after an animal cruelty charge.

HB 1178: Removes the animal shelter exemption from the requirements prior to sale/transfer of dogs, cats, ferrets. A copy of the bill can be obtained at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1178.pdf

STATUS: Recommended Inexpedient to Legislate (5-0), Full Senate vote on 4/17. Passed House (157-145 vote).  

DOGS Position:  Support removing animal shelter exemptions. Animal shelters should comply with the health certificate for sale/transfer.

HB 1261: Increases the fee for notice of civil forfeiture of an unlicensed dog from $5 to $10. Proposed senate amendment changes the fee to the cost of mail delivery of the notice. A copy of the bill can be obtained at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1261.pdf

STATUS: Passed House. Senate Public & Municipal Committee recommends passage with amendment, Senate votes 4/17.

DOGS Position:  Support; the fee increase is reasonable, and reflects a municipality’s cost to send the notice by certified mail.  

HB 1410: Allows animals to be included in domestic protective orders. A copy of the bill can be obtained at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1410.pdf

STATUS: Passed House. Senate Judiciary Committee public hearing on 4/29 at 10:30am.

DOGS Position:  Support; including household pets in domestic protective orders may be necessary to protect the owner’s and pet’s safety.

 HB 1451: Establishing New Hampshire Canine Veterans’ Day on March 13th. A copy of the bill can be obtained at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1451.pdf

STATUS: Passed House. Awaiting public hearing in Senate.

DOGS Position:  Support.

HB 1568: As amended by the House: Increasing the penalties for “willfully” injuring a service dog to include replacement of the dog, and requires service dogs to meet the minimum training standards for public access as set by the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners.  A copy of the bill is at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1568.pdf

STATUS: Passed House as amended. Senate committee recommends passage.  

DOGS Position:  The requirement to leash one’s animal in the proximity of a service dog was removed from the bill and the threshold of culpability for injuring a service dog was changed back to “willingly” (currently in statute).

HB 1579: As amended, the bill allows the traps but increases the fines and. A copy of the bill can be found at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1579.pdf

STATUS: Awaiting vote in Senate. Passed House with amendment.

DOGS Position:  DOGS supports the amended version of the bill. The bill is in response to an incident in 2012 when a dog was fatally injured when caught in a conibear trap that was illegally set.  Trapping wild animals is necessary to protect livestock, control infectious diseases and avoid property damage.

HB 1636: Allowing reduced fee spay/neuter for families at or below 130% of the poverty level. A copy of the bill can be found at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1636.pdf

STATUS: Passed the House. Awaiting Senate public hearing.

DOGS Position:  DOGS supports.

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This summary report on NH Legislation provides a snapshot of the viewpoints and status of the significant bills that are being considered during the 2014 NH Legislative Session. Yvonne Nanasi, DOGS Legislative Consultant, prepares the “Update”. She can be contacted at yln@comcast.net.

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DOGS 2013 NH Legislative Summary Report

13 final report DOGS

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The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc.
Legislative Alert – February 28, 2013

ACTION IS NEEDED NOW

BRIEF SUMMATION: The “Puppy Uniform Safety & Protection Act” (PUPS) has been
reintroduced in congress for the new legislative session. PUPS is a bill to
amend the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The AWA regulates large-scale
commercial breeders who sell pets at wholesale or research. PUPS would
dramatically change the concept of the AWA as established by Congress. It
would require federal licensing and inspection of the private homes of many
hobby dog breeders. It would vastly expand the power of the federal
government to regulate pets in private homes.

CURRENT STATUS: PUPS has been introduced in both houses of congress. Senate
Bill 395 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition
& Forestry. House Bill 847 has been assigned to the House Committee on
Agriculture. Neither bill has been scheduled for committee hearing. The
supporters of both bills have been actively gathering additional sponsors.
PUPS is NOT limited to Internet sales as the supporters imply. It applies to
any breeder who reaches the numerical quota who places pets “via any means
of conveyance” which includes talking on the phone or placing an ad in the
classified section of a local newspaper! Supporters of the bill fail to
demonstrate how use of the Internet, telephone, newspaper of other means to
communicate with potential buyers have any inherent relationship with the
welfare of the animals or substandard conditions.

ACTION TO TAKE:

INDIVIDUALS (clubs, rescue groups, etc.) should contact both
your U.S. Senators and your Congressmen to let them know you oppose the
“Puppy Uniform Safety & Protection Act” (PUPS) as it is written. Ask them to
OPPOSE PUPS (Senate Bill 395 or House Resolution 847). Last session PUPS
garnered over 200 co-sponsors and we need to act quickly before it becomes
impossible to stop.

CONTACT LIST: To find your two U.S. Senators and your Congressmen to let
them know you oppose PUPS you may use the following links: U. S. Senate:
www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm U.S. House of
Representatives: www.house.gov (“Find Your Representative”; is located on the
upper right corner of the web page).

Watch for future updates online. These will be posted on the CFA website
www.cfa.org/Legislative/LegislativeAlerts.aspx. Your help is critical.

George Eigenhauser
CFA Legislative Coordinator

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2/28/2013    Edition  #9 – 2013

Dog Owners of the Granite State

(DOGS)

2013 NH Legislative Update # 9

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UPDATE HB 390 (Allowing companion dogs at outdoor cafés)

On March 27th, the House Commerce Committee’s subcommittee held a work session on HB 390 (allowing companion dogs in outside areas of restaurants at the restaurant owner’s discretion).  The subcommittee decided to recommend the bill for passage with an amendment.  The amendment will require that a sign be posted at the entrance to the patio area to notify the public that dogs are allowed and that patrons with companion dogs can be asked to leave if a patron with a service dog is seated. This gives notice to all patrons (some may not want to be around dogs). It also gives the restaurant the ability to seat the patron with a service dog and not remove the companion dog.

DOGS successfully argued against adding amendments that would allow only one dog per patron and leash requirements. We felt these details are up to the restaurant owner’s discretion. DOGS was not successful in removing the requirement for a companion animal to leave if a service dog is present. We felt that the Department of Justice’s ADA 2010 revised requirements guidance allows the owner of an establishment to ask that an unruly or undisciplined service dog be removed from an area.  Therefore, there is no special right for an unruly service dog to remain and eject the well behaved companion animal. Nevertheless, the amendment is intended to allow the restaurant to try to accommodate both service and the companion dogs if the service dog owner agrees.

The House Commerce Committee will vote on the subcommittee recommendation on March 5th.  The subcommittee will review the amendment on March 5th prior to the 11am committee voting session on the bill.

UPDATE – HB 110 (NOT “Ag Gag” – Reporting Cruelty to Livestock)

The House Environment & Agriculture Committee voted to retain the bill in a 16-4 vote.  The bill’s sponsor and several subcommittee members felt more study and consultation with legal counsel was needed to craft appropriate amendments.  Also, the committee had received hundreds of letters and emails from those opposing the bill. Retained bills are usually studied in committee over the summer and early fall. The committee will issue a report and recommendation for action in the 2014 session. DOGS will alert our members when the committee schedules a work session on the bill.

Legislative Status Listing

HB 110: Requiring reporting of livestock abuse.

The original bill requires those who record suspected livestock abuse to report and turn over the video/photos to local law enforcement authorities within 24 hours.

A copy of the bill can be obtained at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2013/HB0110.html

STATUS: Retained.

DOGS Position:  DOGS supports. Recordings of suspected animal abuse are evidence and should be turned over the law enforcement for appropriate action prior to being edited or released to the public for public relations purposes. Prompt reporting of suspected abuse best protects animal safety.

 

HB 328: Relative to pet sales.

This bill clarifies the requirement to provide a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within the prior 14 days at the sale/transfer of a dog, cat, bird, or ferret.

A copy of the bill can be obtained at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2013/HB0328.html

STATUS: Passed the House with amendment and awaiting action in the Senate. The amendment contains the clarifying language that DOGS recommended.

DOGS Position:  DOGS supports HB 328. The bill does not add any new requirements for the sale/transfer of cats or dogs. It is the result of the House E&A Committee subcommittee study and recommendations of the State Veterinarian. The bill helps clarify the law enacted last year. This requirement helps ensure that those accepting pets, particularly imported pets, have current information about the animal’s health status.

 

HB 390: Allowing companion dogs in outdoor areas of restaurants.

This bill gives a restaurant owner the option to allow patrons to bring dogs in outdoor restaurant areas where there is no food preparation. If a service dog is present the companion dog will be asked to leave. See UPDATE, above for description of the proposed amendment.

A copy of the bill can be obtained at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2013/HB0390.html

STATUS: House Commerce Committee subcommittee recommends OTP/A. Full committee vote on March 5th.

DOGS Position:  DOGS supports and requested removal of the provision to remove a companion dog when a service dog is present.

 

SB 59: Defines cruel containment for sows and veal.

This bill limits livestock management practices relative to the tethering and movement of calves- those raised for veal, and the use of gestation crates for gestating sows. It is essentially the same bill as SB 312, introduced and defeated in the Senate last year and similar to HB 1522, introduced and defeated in the House in 2008. According to the NH Farm Bureau, all three bills were written by and introduced on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and supported by other organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  A copy of the bill can be obtained at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2013/SB0059.html

STATUS:  Awaiting a recommendation in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

DOGS Position:  DOGS has been monitoring this bill. The State Veterinarian already has the authority under the state’s existing animal cruelty laws to ensure livestock are being treated humanely. At the February 13 public hearing before the Senate Committee, several NH pork producers told Committee members that though they operated small-sized operations, on occasion they used gestation crates and when properly used, are a humane management practice that ensures safety of the piglets and the caretaker.

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