|Sent on:||Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:10 PM|
CHAIR: Hugh D. Crawford of Novi, how about that!
Today HB5095 (Large Scale Breeder Registration Bill) passed the Regulatory Reform Committee (11) yes votes to (2) no votes. Please thank the representatives listed below -- one of them may be yours!
Puppy Mill Awareness was front row for hear the votes come in. We brought with us 10,000 signatures from Michigan citizens who want to see stronger laws to protect dogs in large-scale breeding facilities. We presented them to the Chairman of the Regulatory Reform Committee. Crawford recognized our efforts before the vote and let the other committee members know we brought them forward. Thank you Rep. Crawford!
HB5095 would regulate large-scale commercial dog breeders in Michigan; standardize stray animal holding periods at animal shelters; and modernize state processes with regard to pet health certificates.
Two amendments were made today, although I noticed that they removed the word “commercial” from the definition of large scale breeding kennel, which really doesn’t make a difference. The breeders wanted it in and I am glad it is out.
1. Add the word “primarily” used for breeding to the definition of large scale breeding kennel.
2. Changed Cat Stray hold to 4 days.
So -- a thanks goes out to everyone that attended Lobby Day last month or took the time to call or email your representatives when our alerts went out. We just passed a big hurdle. Rep. Abed said she was receiving a lot of positive emails.
Rep. Mike McCready is the primary sponsor and hopes to pass this legislation in this session. We don’t have much more time. Rep. McCready covers Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and a portion of West Bloomfield Township) [address removed]
Rep. Ken Yonker was vocal about his view of commercial breeders. He won our hearts at last weeks hearing. Here are my notes from last week.
• Rep. Yonker “15 dogs? Why? If no inspection, how will we be proactive? 15 is a lot of dogs. These are not pets, that is a business! Want to be proactive. Do the dopg clubs support the number of 15?
• MHS – “We started with 10 and worked with the breeders. 15 was a number we could agree on and consistent with other states. We want to look at large-scale breeders.”
The following representatives voted YES, please send them a thank you email.
CHAIR: Hugh D. Crawford (R), 38th District: Oakland County, the district includes Lyon Township, part of Northville city, Novi city, Novi Township, South Lyon city and Walled Lake city; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
VICE-CHAIR: Harold Haugh (D) 22nd District: Macomb County including Warren and Roseville; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
Cindy Denby (R) 47th District: Livingston County, including the townships of Conway, Cohoctah, Deerfield, Hartland, Howell, Handy, Iosco, Unadilla, Oceola, Marion, and Tyrone; the city of Howell and part of the city of Fenton; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
Tom McMillin (R) 45th District: Rochester, Rochester Hills, and part of Oakland Township; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
Andrea LaFontaine (R) 32nd District: Macomb and St. Clair Counties including the cities of New Baltimore and portions of the cities of Memphis and Richmond, as well as the townships of Chesterfield, Casco, Columbus, Ira, Kenockee, Kimball, Riley and Wales; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
Bruce Rendon (R) 103rd District: Missaukee, Crawford, Kalkaska, Roscommon, and Ogemaw counties; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
Ken Yonker (R) 72nd District: Dorr Township, Leighton Township, Wayland City and Wayland Township in Allegan County as well as Gaines Township and Kentwood City in Kent County; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
Klint Kesto (R) 39th District: Wixom, Commerce Township, a portion of West Bloomfield Township and the village of Wolverine Lake; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
Theresa Abed (D) 71st District: Eaton County area including Lansing township, Grand Ledge, Olivet, Charlotte; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
Woodrow Stanley (D) 34th District: Genesee County including Flint; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
Scott Dianda (D) 110th District: Western U.P. including Gogebic, Ontonagon, Iron, Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw counties; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
David Nathan (D) 8th District: Detroit; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
Andy Schor (D) 68th District: Ingham County including Lansing; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
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I know someone is going to want to know who voted no. If Rep. McBroom or Rep. Kelly is your representative, please send them a polite email asking why they voted no. There will be another vote on the House Floor and we hope they will vote yes next time.
VICE-CHAIR: Ed McBroom (R) 108th District: Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties (U.P.); (517)[masked], [address removed]
Tim Kelly (R) 94th District: Saginaw County including the city of Frankenmuth and the townships of Blumfield, Frankenmuth, Albee, Taymouth, Birch Run, St. Charles, Swan Creek, Thomas, Saginaw and Tittabawassee; (517)[masked]; [address removed]
We also visited our own individual representatives today with petitions in hand.