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Desmond's Law Passes the House

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House Passes Desmond's Law

April 27, 2016

Yesterday night, the House of Representatives passed Desmond's Law!  HB 5344, An Act Concerning Support For Cats and DogsThat Are Neglected Or Treated Cruelly, would allow courts to assign volunteer legal advocates to assist in the prosecution of animal abuse cases.

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Rep. Urban Advocates for Desmond's Law

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Time to Pass Desmond's Law

April 20, 2016

Yesterday I was joined by my colleague Rep. Brenda Kupchick and animal welfare advocates for a press conference in support of Desmond's Law. This legislation would allow courts to assign volunteer legal advocates to assist in the prosecution of animal abuse cases.

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Rep. Diana Urban at Animal Therapy Day

Rep. Urban and a volunteer from animal therapy organization Tails of Joy look on as a child reads to Beau, a therapy dog


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Animal Therapy Day at the Capitol

April 13, 2016

Yesterday I welcomed a dozen therapy dogs and their handlers to the Capitol for Animal Therapy Day. The event raised awareness of the important role therapy animals play during times of trauma and crisis. 

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Rep. Diana Urban with future firefighters

Rep. Urban has some fun with future firefighers at a press conference to ban flame retardants from children's products


Banning Toxic Flame Retardants

April 7, 2016

Yesterday I held a press conference on legislation to ban flame retardants in children' s products with my Co-Chair on the Children's Committee, Sen. Bartolomeo. HB 5299, An Act Concerning Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals in Children’s Products and Upholstered Residential Furniture, would ban the sale of children’s products containing certain toxic flame retardant chemicals.

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