Maryland lawmakers in the House and Senate have come up with compromise bills that, if passed, will reverse the Court of Appeals’ ruling finding pit bulls to be “inherently dangerous.”
A hearing will be held on the House bill, HB78, on January 30, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
A hearing on the Senate companion bill, SB160, will be held on February 5, 2013 at 1:00. p.m.
Baltimore area Pit bull advocacy group B-More Dog is planning a rally for both days. The rally on January 30 begins at 12:30 p.m. If you are in the Baltimore area, please try to attend the rally to show your support for these two very important bills.
The compromise bills are breed neutral, and don’t hold third parties liable in dog attacks. This is important because third party landlords have been forcing owners to give up their pit bulls since the court ruling. The bill limits liability, allows owners to prove there was no prior evidence of violent behavior, and allows for defense of the animal’s behavior.
If approved, the bill will pass as emergency legislation and take effect immediately.
MARYLAND RESIDENTS: Please continue to reach out to your respective legislators and encourage them to support the compromise bill which would reverse the Maryland Court of Appeals’ ruling and return the state to the law as it existed before the Court’s ruling.
Residents of Maryland can find their legislators here. If you’re not sure who represents you, there is a “Who represents me” link in the upper right hand corner of the page.