Newsflash

A Bill that was fast-tracked through the PA House of Representatives, Senate and signed by Governor Wolf is not what it claims to be. The statements to the media by its sponsors imply that it is only a restructuring of existing Cruelty Laws and some increase in the category of some of those offenses (i.e. from a summary offense to third degree misdemeanor). While those elements are in the House Bill 1238, there are also some troubling provisions in it that are not part of current PA Law.  This new Law is a disaster for anyone who values their Liberty and Rights.

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The News

The PA Federation of Dog Clubs is celebrates the signing of the Fair Data Bill (SB 263) into Law by Governor Corbett on July 7, 2011.  

The bill adds the following definition to the act: " Acceptable data . " Empirical, replicable and testable data as evidenced in supporting documentation, statistics, reports, studies or research.

It then requires that the regulatory analysis form submitted with the regulation include "(14) A description of any data upon which a regulation is based with a detailed explanation of how the data was obtained and why the data is acceptable data. An agency advocating that any data is acceptable data shall have the burden of proving that the data is acceptable. "

It further requires the IRRC to consider the whether the regulation is in the public interest, including: ''The protection of the public health, safety and welfare and the effect on this Commonwealth' s natural resources. The data used as the basis of a regulation is acceptable data. "  It also requires  that "The data used as the basis of a regulation is acceptable data " and "Whether acceptable data is the basis of the regulation ."

The bill, which amends the Regulatory Review Act, was introduced in 2008 but did not go anywhere that session.

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Julian Prager
Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs, Legislative Chair
Governor's Dog Law Advisory Board Member
National Animal Interest Alliance Legal Analyst & Legislative Coordinator