BILLS THAT PASSED THE GA LEGISLATURE IN 2016

Cost Of Animal Care (SB 356) - PASSED!
CLICK HERE for AJC Article on SB 356

CLICK HERE for updated information on SB 356


Adoptable Dog as our official State Dog - PASSED!

(hitchhiked on another code bill (SB 168) after stalling in Senate)
CLICK HERE for AJC article on the adoptable dog
CLICK HERE for information on SB 168


(New) Spay Neuter Tag (HB 736) - PASSED!

Combined into bill with another tag. This new process will generate much more money per tag for S/N grants than other available tags.
CLICK HERE for information on HB 736

Senate agreed to amendment on Fireworks Bill (HB 727)

Some local control restored. Improvement on 2015 laws
CLICK HERE for information on HB 727

BAD BILL:SB 184  (still known as BSL bill) ~ PASSED

Passed by substitute, but with only one bad amendment:  AKC registered hunting dogs receive the same license discount as altered dogs. BSL was completely removed in the substitute.


UPDATE ON SB 184:
SB 184 was originally written as a Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) bill, meaning that specific breeds - like pit bulls - cannot be targeted for legislation, and it passed the Senate.
Before arriving at the House committee the language of the bill was totally changed. All BSL language was removed and the substitution gave special benefits to hunting dogs and American Kennel Club (breeder) dogs.
The public was not allowed to comment.


Bill reads as follows:
To amend Article 1 of Chapter 8 of Title 4 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions relative to dogs, so as to provide that any domestic dog that is registered with the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club as a sporting breed group dog, hound breed group dog, or nonsporting breed group dog
or that is of a breed used in the lawful pursuit of hunting in this state
pursuant to Title 27, that is used during an established hunting season to aid an individual to pursue or hunt wildlife, and whose owner or other member of the household has a hunting permit from the Department of Natural Resources shall be classified as a hunting dog, and the owner of any such dog shall receive the same registration, licensing, or permitting fee from any local government as is available to owners of dogs which have been spayed or neutered; to provide for exceptions; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.


So certain dogs (see above) that ARE NOT spayed or neutered receive the SAME DISCOUNTED license fees as a dog that IS spayed or neutered!

Note: SB 184 sets a dangerous precedent where the State can dictate local laws for pets, potentially stopping local ordinances like mandatory spay/neuter or anti chaining.


CLICK HERE to read more about SB 184 and HB 124.


2016 LEGISLATION

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