Alert: Assembly Bill #247
Wisconsin Assembly Bill 247 - Late Fees for Dog Licenses had been scheduled for a vote on May 17th at an executive session for the Committee on Urban and Local Affairs. Just prior to the session, Rep "Doc" Hines asked that the bill be removed from the docket for that day. Quite simply, he didn't feel that he had the votes for the bill to pass out of committee.
This is good news, but we're not done.
Representatives that are on the Committee on Urban and Local Affairs sent return emails to those people who had asked them to Vote AGAINST AB247. They stated, "Rep Hines has withdrawn (or removed) AB247 from consideration."
While this is true, it is not the full picture. This meant that Rep Hines removed the bill from the schedule *that day* and *that day* only. From followup contact with Rep Hines office, DFOW has learned that it is very likely the bill will be scheduled for an executive session (a vote) at a later date. Meaning, he's still working on it. This isn't acceptable.
We want Rep Hines to cease all activity on Assembly Bill 247.
Subject: Withdraw AB247 from ALL future consideration
Dear Representative Hines,
This bill is bad for the dog community of this state. Please discontinue your efforts to see this become law.
Your Name, Your Address, Your Phone number
ACT IMMEDIATELY: POORLY
CONSIDERED DOG LICENSING BILL
This bill would change the date that the purchase of dog licenses would incur a late fee, of at least $5, from April 1st to February 1st. In other words, instead of buying a dog license February or March and paying the regular fee, you would also be assessed the late penalty on each license.
The Dog Federation of Wisconsin opposes changing the late fee assessment date.
We strongly urge every individual dog owner to oppose this piece of legislation.
Analysis of Assembly Bill 247 by the Legislative Reference Bureau:
Complete Bill text for AB247 may be referenced on the internet: http://www.legis.state.wi.us
Emails and phone calls can be very brief.
For email subject lines, use: Vote AGAINST AB 247
For the text of your email, use something like the following, but you must put into your own words:
If a member of the Assembly Urban and Local Affairs committee is your elected representative, please phone their office. Hearing from constituents of a district carries more impact. Phone calls almost always will be answered by legislative aides, and they are generally very nice, and do not bite.
Contact information for Assembly Urban and
Local Affairs Committee follows.
Representative LeMahieu, Chairperson
Representative Pridemore, Vice Chairperson
Updates on this Bill and other WI canine legislation can be found by joining an e-mail announcement only list here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DFOW-Announcements
Or, you may join an email list for all animal laws for WI residents at the
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