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SB 746, a bill that would update Pennsylvania’s dog licensing system, passed the Senate on Tuesday in a 43-7 vote

By: - June 21, 2023 6:30 am

Pennsylvania Dog license application form (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller).

*This post was updated at 1:02 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 with corrected license fee information. 

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

A bill to modernize Pennsylvania’s dog licensing system passed the state Senate on Tuesday in a 43-7 vote.

The bill, SB 746, is sponsored by state Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver, and would raise the cost of a dog license for the first time in more than two decades, among a host of other reform measures.

Specifically, the bill would raise rates by $2 for an annual license in the first year to $7, and a subsequent increase of $2 the following year to $9, with a final increase of $1 in 2027, according to a statement from Vogel’s office.

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is funded by dog license fees and is overseen by the Department of Agriculture, has struggled to maintain operations in the wake of increased demand and rising costs.

Advocates of the bill said they are ready to move forward with the legislation and return the bureau to financial solvency.

“The Department of Agriculture is ready to see the passage of this legislation and look forward to the work of our fellow public servants to support the responsibilities that come with protecting Pennsylvanians and their pets,” the department said in a statement.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller.)

Our stuff

Our Funding the 500 series continues this morning:

Western Pennsylvania Correspondent Kim Lyons reports on the funding disconnect between districts in Allegheny County.

In northeastern Pennsylvania, Pat Abdalla talks to school officials who say they are waiting for a funding boost.

On our Commentary Page: Susan Spicka calls on lawmakers not to miss an opportunity to fund the future for Pa. students.


Minimum wage hike to $15 an hour passes in Pa. HousePeter Hall reports.

Also on our Commentary Page:  Angela Valvano discusses how an expansion of Pennsylvania’s rent/property tax rebate could benefit seniors across the commonwealth.


From the Centre Daily Times: Lawmaker proposes $2,000 penalty for eagle killings in Pennsylvania

The Erie Times-News reports: Rep. Mike Kelly, a Republican, seeking eighth term in Congress

Allegheny County Council overrides Fitzgerald, creates pay floor for county workers, according to Public Source. 

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).
The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (Photo by Amanda Berg for the Capital-Star).

What Goes On

Both the House and the Senate will convene at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Shapiro Sightings

As of this writing, Gov. Josh Shapiro has no public schedule today

And now you’re up to date.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.