The Senate Public Affairs Committee is holding a hearing on HB63 tomorrow afternoon, Friday, March 8, 2012. Committee hearings begin at 2:00, but HB63 is on the latter half of the agenda, and its likely the hearing will begin in the late afternoon or early evening.
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.”
HB63 passed in the New Mexico House with a 48-14 vote on February 18!
NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS: Please take a moment today to contact the members of the Senate Public Affairs Committee, as well as your respective legislators, and encourage them to pass this extremely important bill! 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.
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Residents of New Mexico can find their respective representatives here.
For those not comfortable with writing their own letters (and even those who are), Best Friends has issued an action alert for HB63, and their letter writing tool makes it incredibly easy to make your voice heard to your legislators. Simply plug in your name and address, pick your talking points and hit “send,” and you’ve let your elected officials know why you support HB63 and why they should, too!
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