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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-1867



[7 PA. CODE CHS. 28 AND 28a]

Canine Health Board Regulations; Public Hearing

[39 Pa.B. 5915]
[Saturday, October 10, 2009]

 The Department of Agriculture (Department) gives notice that a public hearing has been scheduled in this Commonwealth regarding the proposed Canine Health Board regulations, published under section 221(g) of the Dog Law (Law) (3 P. S. § 459-221(g)). Section 902 of the Law (3 P. S. § 459-902) requires a public hearing to be held prior to the promulgation of a regulation. Section 902 of the Law states, ''The secretary, after due notice and a public hearing, may promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the provisions and intent of this act.'' As such, this public hearing is being held under the statutory mandate of the act and is not part of the regulatory review process.

 There is a formal process, under the Regulatory Review Act (71 P. S. §§ 745.1—745.12), under which written public comments (by means of hardcopy or e-mail) on the Board regulations may be submitted to the Department. Persons who wish to submit comments for response, must be submitted by means of the regulatory review process. The proposed regulations are available for viewing at 39 Pa.B. 5315 (September 12, 2009) or online at This document describes the 45-day window (September 12 through October 27) within which interested persons may submit written comments on the proposed Board regulations.

 The public hearing will be held on Friday, October 16, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Department of Agriculture, Conference Room 309, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110 to address the proposed regulation. The purpose of the public hearing is to take testimony and hear public opinion regarding the proposed Board regulations. Testimony will be limited to issues regarding the proposed regulations.

 Persons are welcome to attend the hearing and offer oral or written testimony to be included in the record of the hearing. Persons wishing to offer written testimony at the public hearing must submit written testimony no later than 2 days prior to the hearing. All written testimony will be identified and entered into the record at the beginning of the hearing. Individuals wishing to offer oral testimony should schedule a time to testify by contacting Jill Brownfield at (717) 214-3758 no later than 2 days prior to the hearing. Each person testifying will be allotted 5 minutes for oral testimony. The Department will try to allot time for walk-in testimony.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1867. Filed for public inspection October 9, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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