New Mexico: HB63 passed in Public Affairs Committee!

After a hearing before the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Friday afternoon, the bill that would prohibit breed specific legislation in the state of New Mexico has moved another step forward! House Bill 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 Public Affairs Committee passed HB63 with a 6-1 vote, with Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto being the lone dissenting vote.  HB63 now advances to the Senate Judiciary  Committee.

NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS: Please write to the members of Senate 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 HB63 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.

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
richard.martinez@nmlegis.gov, Joseph@cervanteslawnm.com, ron.griggs@nmlegis.gov, linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov, cisco.mcsorley@nmlegis.gov, john.ryan@nmlegis.gov, lisa.torraco@nmlegis.gov, peter.wirth@nmlegis.gov, william.payne@nmlegis.gov

Senator Michael Sanchez
(e-mail address not available)
3 Bunton Road
Belen, NM 87002
Office Phone: (505) 865-0688

In addition, please continue to contact the legislators for your district and encourage them to support H63. Residents of New Mexico can find their respective legislators here.

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