PRINTER'S NO.  782

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

No.

89

Session of

2011

  

  

INTRODUCED BY DENLINGER, COX, STERN, M.K. KELLER, ROAE AND CUTLER, FEBRUARY 23, 2011

  

  

REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, FEBRUARY 23, 2011  

  

  

  

A RESOLUTION

  

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Directing the Joint State Government Commission to study and

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review the economic impacts on the regulated community and on

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the Commonwealth of implementation of the 2008 amendments to

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the Dog Law and the regulatory standards which were adopted

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to implement the legislation.

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WHEREAS, The Commonwealth recognizes that operating a

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commercial dog kennel is a legal enterprise authorized and

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regulated under the act of December 7, 1982 (P.L.784, No.225),

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known as the Dog Law; and

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WHEREAS, Owners of commercial dog kennels have made

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substantial investments in land, buildings, equipment, animals,

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veterinary care, food and supplies to operate their businesses;

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and

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WHEREAS, It is estimated that the number of licensed

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commercial dog kennels has been reduced by more than 75% since

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the enactment of amendments to the Dog Law by the act of October

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9, 2008 (P.L.1450, No.119); and

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WHEREAS, It is estimated that the economic losses suffered by

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these important small businesses is potentially millions of

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dollars; and

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WHEREAS, It is estimated that the loss of these kennels has

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resulted in the loss of numerous full-time and part-time

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positions, the loss of several million dollars in sales tax and

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the loss of many millions of dollars in taxable income; and

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WHEREAS, Due to the loss of commercial dog kennels, it is

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estimated that the veterinary services industry has lost

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considerable income and that the sale of pet products and dog

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food has significantly declined; and

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WHEREAS, The professional engineers who must certify the

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ventilation systems as required under 7 Pa. Code Ch. 28a

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(relating to commercial kennel canine health regulations) have

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raised questions about the reasonableness and appropriateness of

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some of the standards required; and

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WHEREAS, Questions have been raised related to whether or not

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the costs associated with implementing the requirements of the

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regulatory standards are reasonable and appropriate; and

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WHEREAS, Obtaining the proper guidance for professional

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engineers will take time and require possible modification of

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the regulatory standards before they can be implemented;

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therefore be it

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives direct the Joint

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State Government Commission to study and review the economic

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impact of the act of October 9, 2008 (P.L.1450, No.119), on the

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regulated commercial dog kennel industry, its business service

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sectors and the Commonwealth and the estimated impacts of the

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implementation of the regulatory standards which take effect on

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July 1, 2011; and be it further

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RESOLVED, That the study address the following:

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(1)  The feasibility of implementing the commercial

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kennel canine health regulatory standards on July 1, 2011.

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(2)  The scope of amendments to the Dog Law which might

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be desirable refinements to address the problems identified

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by the certifying entities.

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(3)  The scope of amendments to the commercial kennel

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canine health regulatory standards adopted under the act of

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October 9, 2008 (P.L.1450, No.119), which might be desirable

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refinements to address the problems identified by the

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certifying entities.

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(4)  The estimated economic impact on these small

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businesses and on the Commonwealth from implementation of the

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act of October 9, 2008 (P.L.1450, No.119), and its

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accompanying regulatory standards; and be it further

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RESOLVED, That the report of the Joint State Government

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Commission regarding paragraph (1) be submitted to the House of

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Representatives by June 1, 2011, and the report concerning

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paragraphs (2), (3) and (4) be submitted by December 31, 2011.

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