AKC Recognizes Ohio State Senator Bob Hackett as Legislator of the Year

2018-12-27 | , American Kennel Club


The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce that Ohio State Senator Bob Hackett was presented with the 2018 AKC Legislator of the Year Award.

Senator Bob Hackett, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, was a key leader in the Senate on House Bill 506 – a bill that regulates professional breeders and ensures the humane treatment of dogs in the state.  As a result of the bill’s passage, a dangerous proposed constitutional amendment that could have harmed some dogs was withdrawn. 

Chaiman Hackett worked closely with the AKC and helped ensure remaining policy concerns were addressed before the bill advanced from his committee.  He also worked closely with both members of the General Assembly and the stakeholder group on strategy to ensure the ultimate success of HB 506.

“The AKC appreciates Chairman Hackett’s work on House Bill 506, including sponsoring amendments to protect Ohio hobby breeders,” said Jennifer Clark. “His leadership and assistance helped ensure a more fair, effective law.  We appreciate his dedication to Ohio dogs and breeders.”

Currently, Sen. Hackett serves as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and of the Finance Health and Medicaid Subcommittee. He additionally serves as Vice Chairman of the Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee; and as a member of the Health, Human Services and Medicaid, Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs and Ways and Means Committees.

Read AKC's previous article "Ohio: A Tale of Two Approaches to Regulate Breeders" for more information on House Bill 506 and the proposed constitutional measure.

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