HB 78, one of the bills that would reverse the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling declaring pit bulls as “inherently dangerous” and reform Maryland’s dog bite laws, advanced in the General Assembly last week week.
The House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved HB78 which would change the law to say that all dogs, regardless of breed, are presumed to have the potential to bite. But dog owners can rebut that presumption in court by offering evidence that their dog is not prone to biting.
HB78 is scheduled to go before the full chamber, and a final House vote could come by the end of the week.
MARYLAND RESIDENTS: Please reach out to your respective legislators and ask them to support this bill. Residents of Maryland can find their legislators here. If you’re not sure who represents you, there is “Who represents me” link in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Its also extremely important to continue to encourage the members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee to approve and move SB160 forward, as BOTH bills need to pass to become law. Remember, these legislators are receiving a lot of correspondence, your letters to them should be polite and respectful (of course) but also brief and to the point. Let them know you support HB160, and you would like them to support the bill, as well.
Judicial Proceedings Committee Members