A bill has been proposed in the Oklahoma legislature that would authorize governing boards of incorporated municipalities to restrict ownership of any breed of dog within municipal limits. SB32 declares that an emergency exists, and the Bill is immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety. Oklahoma statute Title 4, §4-46 currently prohibits local, municipal and county authorities from regulating dogs based on breed.
As the result of a fatal mauling in September, Oklahoma House of Representative Paul Wesselhoft announced that he planned to draft new legislation that would target “pit bulls.” However, SB32 has been proposed in the Senate, and is sponsored by Senator Patrick Anderson. As of yet, it does not have a House companion.
The bill is set to be introduced at a first reading on February 4, 2013.
You can track the bill’s progress here:
OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS: It is imperative that you reach out to and open up the lines of communication with your respective senator(s) now, in this Bill’s initial stage, and voice your opposition to it.
To find your Senator:
In addition, please voice your polite, respectful and informative opposition directly to Senator Anderson, the sponsor of SB32.
Senator Patrick Anderson
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 417A
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Please DO NOT contact the entire Senate on this issue at this time. The Bill will have to pass through a committee(s) before going to the entire Senate for a vote. We will keep you updated on the status of SB32, and make you aware of any committee and respective committee members that would need to be contacted when that time comes.