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Georgia Canine Coalition

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Greater Atlanta supports the efforts of the Georgia Canine Coalition, Inc. (http://www.georgiacaninecoalition.org).

GCC President Gail LaBerge and GCC attorney Frank Mulcahy continue to work to protect your rights to own and enjoy your dogs. Memberships and contributions are needed and welcomed. For more information contact Gail LaBerge at outland@laberge.org

AKC Government Relations Info

The AKC also has several legistative efforts which can be found on the AKC website.  This includes brochures, toolbox full of information, and how to communicate effectively with legislators.

Click on this link to view all the resources the AKC has to offer. http://www.akc.org/clubs/government_relations    
 



Want to see what the AKC is tracking across the USA in Legistation? Click HERE for their 2017 Legislation Tracking data that is updated daily.

 


Six Things You Need to Know About the AKC PAC

1. What is the AKC PAC?

The American Kennel Club Political Action Committee (AKC PAC) helps elect dog-friendly candidates. The purpose behind the fund is to protect your rights as a breeder, dog owner and fancier by helping elect leaders who share that commitment.

2. What makes the AKC PAC different from other AKC funds such as the Canine Legislative Support Fund?

Canine Legislative Support Fund (CLSF) contributions are used to educate officials on a federal, state and local level to ensure that your rights as a responsible owner and breeder are protected. Without dog-friendly officials in office; however, the CLSF cannot do its job. AKC PAC funds are used to help elect dog-friendly leadership in Congress and state houses across the country. PAC funds can only be used as campaign donations and not to lobby or educate an official on a particular position.

3. Who can contribute to the AKC PAC?

Any individual may contribute to the AKC PAC. Although clubs may not contribute, they may hold fundraisers for the PAC or provide opportunities for their members to contribute. For example, a club may allow members to include a PAC contribution when paying their regular dues. The club may then forward the contribution to the AKC PAC. Clubs may also choose instead to contribute to the Canine Legislation Support Fund. Contributions to the AKC PAC and Canine Legislation Support Fund are not tax deductible.

4. How does the AKC PAC benefit dog owners?

The PAC allows the AKC to support dog friendly candidates and elected officials. The more dog-friendly officials in office, the more assured you can be that your rights will be protected.

5. May I recommend candidates for AKC PAC contributions?

You may advise the PAC about officials who have assisted in either promoting dog-friendly legislation or opposing anti-dog measures. You may also suggest new candidates who you believe will support dog owners. Names of those you feel are deserving of PAC funds may be submitted to the AKC PAC Board through the AKC Government Relations Department. Contributions may not be given on behalf of a specific candidate.

6. How can I help the AKC PAC acquire donations?

You can make a personal donation or encourage club members to each contribute to the PAC. You may also ask clubs to hold a fundraiser for the AKC PAC or allow members to include a PAC donation in their dues. Remember- without donations to the AKC PAC, we cannot support the campaigns of dog friendly candidates! For more information, and to contribute online, visit www.akc.org/pac.
 

GEORGIA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

GEORGIA CANINE COALITION, INC.

END OF SESSION REVIEW

First Term 2017-2018

Below is the report of the end of the First Term of the Two-Year Session (2017-2018).


If a bill did not pass this session, it is still “alive” for the 2018 term.

SENATE BILLS

SB 214 Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 11 of Title 4 of the O.C.G.A., relating to general provisions relative to animal protection, so as to regulate the retail sale of dogs and cats in this state; to provide for definitions; to provide that dogs and cats transported into this state for sale or offered for sale in this state shall be protected against certain diseases and parasites; to provide for examinations and certifications by veterinarians; to provide for certain rights of purchasers of dogs and cats; to provide for notices and representations to purchasers; to provide for the quarantine of dogs and cats suspected of carrying disease; to provide for cumulative effect of article; to require regulatory consistency; to provide for a short title; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. Senator Williams of the 27th main sponsor. HSUS supported bill. Bill did not move out of committee. We have concerns over parts of this bill.

HOUSE BILLS

HB 144 House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 11 of Title 4 of the O.C.G.A., relating to general provisions relative to animal protection, so as to regulate the retail sale of dogs and cats in this state; to provide for definitions; to provide that dogs and cats transported into this state for sale or offered for sale in this state shall be protected against certain diseases and parasites; to provide for examinations and certifications by veterinarians; to provide for certain rights of purchasers of dogs and cats; to provide for notices and representations to purchasers; to provide for the quarantine of dogs and cats suspected of carrying disease; to restrict certain local regulation; to require regulatory consistency; to provide for a short title; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. Representative Ehrhart is the main sponsor. We supported this bill as we felt it was good for the animals, passed committee but didn’t move out of Rules Committee.

HB 40 House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 4 of Chapter 12 of Title 24 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to medical and other confidential information, so as to provide an exception for confidentiality of certain medical information of animals within a veterinarian’s care; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. Representative Scot Turner, we support the idea but have some concerns.

HB 253 Motor Vehicles
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 40-2-86 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to special license plates promoting certain beneficial projects and supporting certain worthy agencies, funds, or nonprofit corporations, so as to increase the proportion of moneys derived from the sale of specialty license plates promoting the dog and cat reproductive sterilization support program which are to be dedicated to such program; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. We support this bill as the program is run by the Department of Agriculture. Representative Willard is the main sponsor, passed House, tabled in the Senate.

HB 288 Judiciary Non-Civil
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 30 of the O.C.G.A., relating to handicapped persons, so as to provide for additional rights and responsibilities of persons with service animals; to provide for accommodation of those requiring service animals; to authorize creation and issuance of information cards under the auspices of the Department of Human Services; to provide for criminal offenses and penalties relating to fraudulent representation relating to disability; to amend Part 1 of Article 4 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the O.C.G.A., relating to criminal offenses relative to dangerous instrumentalities and practices generally, so as to provide for criminal offenses and penalties related to the harassing, injuring, or killing of service animals; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. Representative Tom Kirby is the main sponsor. We support the idea but the bill has some problems. Sub-committee hearing, but did not move.

HR 638
A RESOLUTION commending the benefits and contributions of purebred dogs to the State of Georgia and recognizing May, 1, 2017, as Georgia Purebred Dog Day at the state capitol; and for other purposes. This is our bill. Representative David Knight was the chief Sponsor. This resolution passed. 

This information was obtained via the GA Canine Coalition website.

 

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