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					                                                                                       May 11, 2010
                                                                                       (LA HB 313)




          DOG BREEDERS TO FACE
         FEE CHANGES IN LOUISIANA
The Issue:
Louisiana House Bill 313 would change dog kennel license fee levels set forth in current law
from a maximum fee to a minimum fee, therefore allowing a municipality or parish to set fees as
high as they wish.

The Impact:
Current Louisiana law states that owners or keepers of five or more dogs must obtain a kennel
license and pay a kennel license fee. Presently, the governing body of each municipality or
parish is permitted to set the amount for the annual kennel license fee at not more than $15 if a
person has no more than five dogs over the age of six months, $25 for five to 10 dogs, and $30
for more than 10 dogs.

House Bill 313 would eliminate language in that statute making these fee levels the maximum
which could be charged, and instead set such fee levels as the minimum to be charged. By
changing the language and removing the cap, there would be a limit on how high governing
bodies of municipalities and parishes would be allowed to raise the individual fee levels.

PIJAC Position:
PIJAC opposes granting localities the authority to impose unlimited fees. If an increase of the
current maximum fee level can be justified, then the code should be amended to establish new
maximum fee levels. It would be inappropriate, however, to remove the cap altogether.

Recommended Action:
If this proposed legislation concerns you as a pet owner and/or responsible business person, we
urge you to read the text of HB 313 in its entirety, found attached to the online version of this
PetAlert     on      the     ‘Breaking     News’      page     of     the    PIJAC       website
(http://www.pijac.org/petinformation/breakingnews.asp).

Those who wish to express an opinion or comment on this bill to their representative are
encouraged to contact committee members (contact information on the next page), or to visit
PIJAC’s Legislative Action Center where a message may be quickly and easily sent.

PIJAC also welcomes your comments. Please contact PIJAC’s Bambi Osborne by email at
bambi@pijac.org or by phone at 1-800-553-PETS (7387) to express a viewpoint, or if you have
questions or desire additional information.
 State of Louisiana
 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry,
  Aquaculture & Rural Development
 State Capitol
 Box 94183
 Baton Rouge, LA 70804

 SENATOR                                                                              TEL. #                 EMAIL
 Francis C. Thompson (Ch)(D-34 Concordia, Richland, East Carroll, Madison, Tensas)    225/342-2040   thomsof@legis.state.la.us
 Mike Walsworth (V-Ch)(R-33 Morehouse, Claiborne, West Carroll)                       225/342-2040   walsworthm@legis.state.la.us
 Gerald Long (R-31 Natchitoches, Sabine, Winn, Grant, Rapides, Red River)             225/342-2040   longg@legis.state.la.us
 Joe McPherson (D-29 Rapides)                                                         225/342-2040   lasen29@legis.state.la.us
 Ben Nevers (D-12 St. Helena, Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany)                    225/342-2040   neversb@legis.state.la.us
 Neil Riser (R-32 Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Franklin, LaSalle,West Feliciana)   225/342-2040   risern@legis.state.la.us
 John R. Smith (D-30 Calcasieu, Beauregard, Vernon)                                   225/342-2040   smithj@legis.state.la.us




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    2010 LA H 313       AUTHOR: Smith G
                        VERSION: Reengrossed
                        VERSION 04/26/2010
                        DATE:




                                                 STATE OF LOUISIANA

                                                     REENGROSSED

                                                   Regular Session, 2010

                                                  HOUSE BILL NO. 313

                                         BY REPRESENTATIVE GARY SMITH

                           ANIMALS/DOGS: Provides relative to license fees for dog breeders

                                                         AN ACT

To amend and reenact R.S. 3:2772(E)(introductory paragraph) and (G)(introductory paragraph), relative to kennel
licenses; to provide for license fees; and to provide for related matters.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana:

Section 1. R.S. 3:2772(E)(introductory paragraph) and (G)(introductory paragraph) are hereby amended and reenacted to
read as follows:

§2772. Dog, cat, and kennel licenses fee and certificate; records

***

E. The owner or keeper of five or more dogs may procure a kennel license and pay a kennel license fee in lieu of the
individual dog licenses and license fees provided for herein. The governing body of each municipality or parish, may by
ordinance, fix the sum to be paid annually for the kennel license fee, which sum shall not be more than be a minimum of:

***

G. Any individual or business with five or more dogs and who breeds and sells dogs retail, wholesale, or to the public is
required to procure a kennel license and pay a kennel license fee in lieu of the individual dog licenses and license fees
provided for herein. The governing body of each municipality or parish may, by ordinance, fix the sum to be paid
annually for the kennel license fee, which sum shall be dedicated solely for animal impoundment facilities and not be
more than be a minimum of:

***

DIGEST


                                                             1
The digest printed below was prepared by House Legislative Services. It constitutes no part of the legislative instrument.
The keyword, one-liner, abstract, and digest do not constitute part of the law or proof or indicia of legislative intent. [R.S.
1:13(B) and 24:177(E)]

Gary Smith

HB No. 313

Abstract: Provides for the procurement of kennel licenses and fees for dog breeders and requires the governing body of
each municipality or parish to fix the sum for license fees at minimum amounts.

Present law allows the owner or keeper of five or more dogs to procure a kennel license and pay a kennel license fee in
lieu of individual dog licenses and license fees. Further provides for the governing body of each municipality or parish to
fix the sum paid annually for the kennel license fee at not more than $15 if no more than five dogs over the age of six
months are harbored on the owner's premises at the time of the application, $25 for five to 10 dogs, and $30 for more than
10 dogs.

Proposed law changes the range of the fee from a maximum to a minimum, otherwise retains present law .

Present law requires individuals or businesses with more than five dogs that breed and sell, retail, wholesale, or to the
public to procure kennel licenses and pay kennel license fees instead of individual dog licenses and fees. Allows the
governing body of each municipality or parish to fix the sum paid annually for the kennel license fee and requires the fee
to be dedicated solely for animal impoundment facilities and not be more than $15 if no more than five dogs over the age
of six months are harbored on the owner's premises at the time of the application, $25 for five to 10 dogs, and $30 for
more than 10 dogs.

Proposed law changes the range of the kennel license fee from a maximum to a minimum; otherwise retains present law.

(Amends R.S. 3:2772(E)(intro. para.) and (G)(intro. para.))

Summary of Amendments Adopted by House

Committee Amendments Proposed by House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development
to the original bill.

1. Changed the annual sum for a kennel license fee in lieu of individual dog licenses and fees from a maximum to a
minimum.

House Floor Amendments to the engrossed bill. 1.

Deleted the mandate that required the governing body of each municipality or parish to fix the sum paid annually for
kennel license fees.




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