What are the main differences between the breeder bills introduced?
All breeder bills introduced to date require licensing, inspections and enforcement, and impose penalties for those who do not adhere to the standards set within the bill. Each uses much of the same language from the 2009-2010 breeder bill; however, there are specific provisional and word changes contained within each bill. To read each bill click on the corresponding link below:
The coalition's bill, of which AHS is a member:
Other bills introduced:
NOTE: A local animal group requested that H.F. 388/S.F. 384 be introduced at the Minnesota Legislature. The same group also requested that H.F. 417 be introduced.
S.F. 462/H.F. 702 was requested to be introduced at the Minnesota Legislature by the coalition.
The primary differences are:
Commercial breeder definition
NOTE: Unfortunately, the vast majority of dog and cat breeders AHS humane agents have investigated and rescued animals from would not be regulated under H.F. 388/S.F. 384 or H.F. 417.
New language improvements
As in previous years, the coalition continued its work on this issue and bill language following the 2009-2010 session. This work resulted in improvements to last year's bill which were incorporated into S.F. 462/H.F. 702, such as a strengthend licensing number, strengthened care standards and strengthened fiscal options as described on the previous page.