Legislation update week of Feb. 4, 2013

Several important bills are pending in state legislatures across the country.  Residents in New Mexico, Maryland and Connecticut, please reach out to your respective legislators and ask them to support the below bills.

If you’re an Oklahoma resident, you may want to drop Senator Anderson a brief note thanking him for pulling his bill.


Oklahoma SB32

Oklahoma Senator Patrick Anderson has pulled SB32, a bill that would allow municipalities to pass ordinances banning certain breeds of dogs.  Take note that since Anderson voluntarily pulled his bill so early, it had not yet had a committee hearing.  Because of this, he can ask for a hearing any time within this year’s deadline (about 4 weeks away) and next year’s (4 weeks after the session begins).

Previous alert for Oklahoma:


Maryland SB 296

A bill has been proposed in the Maryland Senate that would prohibit insurance companies from refusing to issue or renew a policy of homeowner’s or renter’s insurance based solely on the applicant or insured’s dog, regardless of the breed of dog.  SB 296 , is currently in the Senate Finance Committee, and a hearing is scheduled for February 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

Alert with contact information for the Senate Finance Committee:


Maryland SB 160

A hearing on the Maryland Senate’s compromise billthat, if passed, will reverse the Court of Appeals’ ruling finding pit bulls to be “inherently dangerous.” will be held on February 5, 2013 at 1:00. p.m.  The House held hearings on their version of the bill last week.

Alert for MD House and Senate bills:


Connecticut HB 5975

Connecticut HB 5975 would authorize municipalities to adopt breed neutral dangerous dog ordinances and would prohibit breed discrimination. On February 1, 2013 the Joint Committee on Planning and Development referred HB 5975 to a public matter subject hearing.  The date of that hearing should be announced in the upcoming days.

Alert for Connecticut HB 5975


New Mexico HB63

The New Mexico Health, Government & Indian Affairs Committee unanimously voted  to pass House Bill 63 out of committee.  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.

Alert with contact information for the House Judiciary Committee members:


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