October 2010

From our Nation's Capitol
The U.S. Congress returns to work on November 15 for a post-election “lame duck” session. The AKC Government Relations and AKC’s federal advocacy team in Washington, D.C., continue to monitor Congress for issues of interest to dog owners. Visit our 2010 Legislative Tracking Page and click on “US Fed” on the map to get the latest updates on federal bills currently being monitored by the AKC. Also, if you have not yet done so, check out the Summer 2010 edition of AKC’s congressional newsletter In Session for interviews with congressional dog owners, issue analyses, and other articles that demonstrate to Congress AKC’s commitment to the promotion of responsible dog ownership.

Here are a few of the bills we’re tracking in Congress.

News from the State Capitols
Ten state legislatures and the District of Columbia are currently in regular session, and New York is in special session. To date, AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) has tracked over 1,200 bills in 2010 at all levels of government. For the latest information on the state and federal bills being tracked by the Government Relations (GR) Department, visit our 2010 Legislation Tracking page. This page, updated daily, provides the latest bill text, status, and Legislative Alerts posted by the AKC.

For more information on any of the measures mentioned, contact us at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.

Here are some highlights of the bills we are currently tracking.

Local Battles
The AKC Government Relations Department (AKC GR) assists dog owners and breeders with canine legislation issues in their local communities, but we can’t help unless we are aware of the proposal! If you hear of an issue in your town or county, please contact us at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org. We will be happy to provide you with the resources, tools, and support you need to help fight for responsible dog ownership in your community.

Here are some examples of the local issues currently being addressed by AKC GR, as well as some victories for dog owners within the past month.

Elections Essentials: Get Out and Vote!
Election Day is less than a month away! On Tuesday, November 2, voters will be going to the polls to choose local, state, and federal lawmakers and decide on ballot initiatives. It is essential for all dog owners to participate in these elections and vote for candidates who will support responsible dog ownership and breeding.

Please take the time to go vote on November 2, and encourage your dog-loving colleagues to do the same. Remind them about Election Day, and be sure they know the location of their polling place. You may also want to consider having your club coordinate transportation for those who may have difficulty getting to the polls on their own. Read more.
AKC Government Relations Announces Staff Changes
The AKC Government Relations Department (AKC GR) is pleased to welcome two new Legislative Analysts to the department:

Ben Tuite – Ben graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Administration from Indiana University-Bloomington. Ben worked previously with the North Carolina State Legislature and in corporate legal consulting. He now lives in Durham, NC with his wife Jennifer and their two dogs Dakota and Fenway, all of whom are very excited about his new position with the AKC.

Patty Van Sicklen – Patty joined AKC in 2007 as a member of the Internal Consulting Group. She previously worked in economic development and as national Director of Business Operations in the office suites industry. She served as past president, treasurer and event secretary for regional specialty and all-breed clubs and on the board of directors of the Siberian Husky Club of America. She competes in conformation and companion events, teaches dog training classes, and is a Canine Good Citizen® evaluator. Prior to joining AKC, she helped found a local coalition of dog clubs. She received a B.S. in Public Relations from Bowling Green State University.

Other staff remains the same, with Director Sheila Goffe, Administrator Jennifer Clark, Research Coordinator Melissa Ferrell, and Manager Sarah Sprouse. Earlier this year, we sadly bade farewell to Phil Guidry and Joanne Tribble, who are both now working in other departments in AKC. Phil is now the Director of Registration Advancement and Joanne is the Marketing and Print Administrator for AKC Canine Partners.

The AKC GR team looks forward to continuing to work with you to promote and protect responsible dog ownership at all levels of government!

AKC Announces Third Quarter Community Achievement Award Recipients
Margaret Silverthorn of the English Springer Spaniel Club of Long Island (NY) and Tom Freeman of the Channel City Kennel Club (CA) were honored as AKC Community Achievement Award recipients for the third quarter of 2010.

AKC Community Achievement Awards are presented each quarter to recognize outstanding public education and legislation efforts by AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations and individual members of AKC dog clubs. Honorees receive certificates of recognition and their clubs or federations receive $1,000 to further public education and strengthen government relations efforts within their communities. Read more.

Election Day is just under a month away. This November, you have the opportunity to take a stand for responsible dog ownership by supporting dog-friendly candidates at the ballot box. In this issue, we review some proactive things you and your club can do to make a difference on November 2. With over 1,000 federal, state, and local canine legislative proposals being introduced each year, it is critically important that dog owners vote for lawmakers who will support the right to responsibly own, breed, and exhibit dogs.

In the month of September, AKC clubs throughout the United States hosted Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Days to educate the community about various dog breeds, rescues, and how to be better dog owners. If you know of a club that hosted an outstanding RDO Day, I encourage you to nominate them for an AKC Community Achievement Award. This award, given quarterly, honors those who make an outstanding effort in the areas of canine public education and legislative issues.

In this issue, we announce the two recipients of the Community Achievement Award for the third quarter who have made exemplary efforts to promote responsible dog ownership in their communities. In the fourth quarter, we are looking solely for nominees who hosted RDO Days in September. You can read more about the Community Achievement Awards and how to nominate someone in this issue.

We are also pleased to welcome two new team members to the AKC Government Relations Department. Ben Tuite and Patty Van Sicklen have joined us in our work to support your efforts to continue to promote and protect responsible dog ownership throughout the United States at all levels of government.

Please take the time to vote on November 2, and then keep checking the AKC Government Relations web site to stay informed on canine legislation and what you can do to help us in the fight to continue protecting responsible dog ownership.

All the best,
Sheila Goffe
Director of Government Relations
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