As the pet care industry has grown so, too, has related legislative action, particularly at the state level of government. IBPSA wants to make sure our membership stays on top of what could affect them, as well as offer our membership assistance in educating legislators on the facts of owning and operating a safe and prosperous pet care business. In this Legislative News Update, we’ve got some very interesting legislative news that caught our eye and a survey that will help us in our endeavor to provide legislative support to our IBPSA Members.
As part of our efforts to track legislation that affects you and your business, we’ve created a short survey that will help us in terms of specific legislation, as well as how we present information to your legislators and you. SurveyMonkey estimates it will take you no more than 2 minutes. Note: Because we’d like to limit this survey to IBPSA Members, please look for the Legislative News Update (Vol 1, Issue 3) email in your inbox and link to the survey from there.
Animal Policy Group’s Biweekly Report
The Animal Policy Group’s biweekly legislative report is available as a PDF via your IBPSA Member dashboard in the Legislative News Workspace. Here, you can also post and discuss legislative-related topics relative to your area.
In the News
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the the Raise the Wage Act, a bill to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15.00 per hour from the current $7.25 by 2024. The bill is not expected to be taken up by the Senate.
Very interesting roundup of U.S. state legislation that begins going into effect in July (and after) by attorney Bruce J. Sarchet of labor and employment law firm, Littler. Most of the country’s state legislatures have adjourned but previously passed legislation lives on. “July Is Always the ‘New January’ for Employment Laws, But This Year Takes the Cake!” covers the gamut of new employment related laws. In this roundup you’ll find three states (Arkansas, Nevada, and Montana) have enacted laws regarding microchipping your employees and multiple states (plus cities and counties) have jumped on the “salary history” legislation bandwagon. As we mention frequently, legislation in one state can often be harbingers of what’s to come in others. Those are just two of the wide variety of laws impacting employers. Near the top of the article you’ll be able to jump to your particular state: read it here.
Opioid legislation in Arizona may be having a negative effect on Arizona pets.From the news report by KTAR News in Phoenix: “In June 2017, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declared the high rates of opioid use and related deaths an epidemic. This led to the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, legislation that helped provide resources for those struggling with opioid addiction as well as create guidelines for opioid prescribers. The legislation not only changed how doctors prescribe medication to human patients but also, how they prescribe opioids to their furry patients as well.” More on the story here.
On June 12, the House Financial Services Committee passed by a vote of 43-16, the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 2513), a bill designed to provide transparency of ownership of all U.S. companies. But, according to the National Small Business Association (NSBA), the act would create significant unintended consequences with new burdens and complexity for America’s small businesses. More on the subject here from NSBA.
“Two dog deaths spark concern about lack of regulations for dog trainers….” Yet another headline spotlighting the lack of regulations in the pet care services industry. In the news report by a local ABC station in the Bay Area of California, the owner of a dog killed and one seriously injured while under the care of a dog trainer says: “We need to bring some kind of legislation or something in the state of California that has some kind of parameters for what kind of qualifications a dog trainer got to have.” The station’s investigative team also report this: “7 On Your Side checked with nine schools and organizations which the SPCA or Association of Professional Dog Trainers say offer respected certifications for dog trainers. Eight of the nine have gotten back to us, and none have any record of Smith being credentialed.”
Speaking of the above, the new issue of Pet Care Pro Quarterly has an article dedicated to credentialing. If you haven’t read “Certification and Accreditation (What’s the Big Deal?)” yet, you can read in IBPSA’s digital magazine starting on page 29 here.
“Finn’s Law” went into effect in the England and Wales on June 9th. In 2016, Police Constable (PC) Dave Wardell was attacked by a knife-wielding robbery suspect, sustaining a knife wound to his hand. His police dog (aka service animal), Finn, intervened and saved his life but was stabbed in chest and head while doing so. Finn’s injuries were so extensive he was not expected to survive, but did. The suspect was found guilty of causing Wardell bodily harm but, under the law at the time, seriously injuring Finn could only be treated as criminal damage. Since October 2016, PC Wardell has pushed to update the Animal Welfare Act 2006 so that anyone who causes unnecessary suffering to a service animal while in the commission of its duties, can be charged under the act and no longer be able to claim self-defense.
The government in Thailand is reportedly planning on cracking down on “price-gouging” for medical supplies and medical services in the pet care industry. The apparently looming legislation comes in the wake of “a swell of complaints about high prices and rip offs for pet services.”