The New Mexico Health, Government & Indian Affairs Committee unanimously voted to pass House Bill 63 out of committee yesterday.
HB 63 would prohibit cities and counties in New Mexico from regulating “by ordinance or rule, or in any other manner, regulate dangerous dogs in a manner that is specific to breed.”
The bill has now been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS: please write to the members of the Judiciary Committee and ask them to support HB63. Let them know that laws that target dogs based on their appearance rather than their behavior creates communities that are more vulnerable to dangerous dogs, not less. The passage of HB 63 would mean cities and counties, in drafting animal control ordinances, would have to tackle the root cause of dangerous dogs, irresponsible and reckless dog owners, rather than pass a blanket law that regulates all members of specific breeds.
House Judiciary Committee
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In addition, please continue to contact your respective legislators and encourage them to support and co-sponsor HB63. Residents of New Mexico can find their respective representatives here.