How will the recent 2014 midterm elections impact pets, pet ownership, and pet businesses?

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With the 2014 midterm elections in the rear-view mirror, it's time to look ahead and prepare for how these elections may impact animal welfare, pet-choice, responsible pet ownership, and responsible pet businesses across the country in the coming months.What do the results mean for pet enthusiasts and the pet industry?

See below for a portion of PIJAC's expert analysis and follow the link to read the entire article on the Pet Business website.

Midterm Election Analysis
By Rebekah Milford, Director, Marketing & Communications, PIJAC

Another Election Day is here and gone, and by now, everyone is well aware of the election’s impact on the make-up of Congress. But all politics are local, and the races that matter most to those of us in the pet industry are those that decide the composition of our state, county and even local legislative bodies. So, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) has reviewed this year’s election result.

During the 2013-2014 legislative session, we tracked roughly 1,500 bills, with the vast majority of them being considered by state legislatures. As a dedicated team, we assess, triage and act upon these regulatory advances on behalf of the pet industry. So what happened at the state level on Election Day?

  • Republicans picked up Democratic-held governorships in deep-blue states such as Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois, as well as in Arkansas. The wins bring the list of Republican governors to 31, close to an all-time high for the GOP.
  • Eleven legislative chambers flipped to Republican control, nine of which were previously held by Democrats, while Republicans gained an outright majority in two chambers where they previously ruled by coalition.
  • The Republicans will control 68 chambers starting in January. They won control of both the Nevada Assembly and Senate, the Colorado and Maine Senates, and state House chambers in Minnesota, New Mexico, West Virginia and New Hampshire.

Republicans achieved “trifectas” in 24 states, where they hold the governor’s mansion and both chambers of the state legislature. In contrast, Democrats will only hold complete control of six state governments. What do these shifts in legislative power on both the gubernatorial and state legislative level mean for the pet industry?

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