SB 15 (leashing animals in the proximity of a service dog) was voted “Inexpedient to Legislation” in a 4-0 vote by the Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee. The Committee’s recommendation will be voted on by the full Senate on February 12th.  We are hopeful that the Senate will support the committee’s recommendation. Before February 12th, you are encouraged to send your local state Senator a note urging them to vote the bill ITL.  Thank you for helping relay our message to the Senate Committee.


Friday, February 13, 2015
1PM House Environment & Agriculture Committee, Room 303 Legislative Office Building
HB 624: Cost of Care Bond
ACTION NEEDED:  Before Friday, send a letter/email to the House Environment & Agriculture Committee members requesting that the bill be voted “Inexpedient to Legislate”.  In your message use one of our talking points from the previous newsletter alertRemember to add your name and address to correspondence.   Attend the public hearing either to testify or sign in opposed to HB 624.  For help composing your statement at the public hearing, send a draft to Yvonne .

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
1:30PM House Executive Departments Committee, Room 306 Legislative Office Building
HB 661: Requiring Shelters to Annually Report Animal Intake, Care & Disposition Data
DOGS Supports HB 661. The bill requires nonprofit animal shelters to annually file, in addition to tax forms (IRS 990’s), information about the animals accepted (including imported), their care and disposition. Due to the increasing numbers of dogs being imported into the state, this bill is essential to track potential public health threats from imported animals.   Shelters already collect the information in the bill, but it is not shared.
ACTION NEEDED:  Send an email to the House Executive Departments Committee urging them to vote “ought to pass” on HB 661 and add one of our reasons to support the bill; copy Yvonne so we can remind the committee of your email at the public hearing.

2015 – Legislative Update #6
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