Below is the status of several state level bills that would primarily impact owners of specific breeds (or perceived breeds) of dogs. If you live in one of the states where legislation is pending, please reach out to your legislators and encourage them to either support or oppose the pending bills.
Clicking on the highlighted link for each bill will take you to the posts containing additional information about the bills, as well as contact information for legislators.
HB5671 was introduced by Representatives Palangio, Williams, Palumbo, Lima, and DeSimone, and would would prevent cities and towns in Rhode Island from “enacting regulations or ordinances specific to any particular breed of dog. HB5671 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. A hearing date has not been set yet. Please encourage the members of the House Judiciary Committee to SUPPORT this bill!
BILLS WITH STATUS CHANGES SINCE 3/3/13 UPDATE
SB 160, the companion bill to HB78, would reverse the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling finding pit bulls “inherently dangerous.” The bill, with an amendment, passed in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on March 7, 2013
Unfortantely, the amendment passed in committee is causing a conflict between legislators and threatening the ability of the compromise bill to move forward. Please encourage the legislators to work out their differences and PASS this bill.
AB110 would prevent municipalities from passing breed specific ordinances. A hearing was held in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 7, and it became clear right away that while all the groups involved support the provision that prohibits breed specific ordinances in Nevada, they are miles apart on other provisions of the bill. No vote was taken, and the bill’s sponsor indicated the groups will continue discussions in an effort to work out those differences. Please continue to encourage the members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee to SUPPORT this bill and move it forward!
HB63 would prevent municipalities from passing breed specific ordinances. This bill passed in the House with a 48-14 vote. A hearing was held on March 8 in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was passed with a 6-1 vote. The bill now moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please reach out to your legislators and ask them to SUPPORT this bill!
NO MOVEMENT SINCE 3/3/13 UPDATE – SUPPORT STILL NEEDED
HB 6311 would prohibit municipalities from passing breed specific ordinances. A public hearing was held on Feb. 20. You can read the testimony from the hearing here. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalties was the onlyorganization/representative offering opposing testimony to HB6311. Please continue to encourage Joint Committee on Planning and Development members to SUPPORT this bill!
HB15 and HB101 would help combat a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling and help Kentucky residents who rent their homes keep their pets. Both bills are currently before the Agriculture and Small Business Committee. Please encourage your legislators to SUPPORT these bills!
-HB 78 would reverse the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling finding pit bulls “inherently dangerous.” This bill was UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED in the House!
–SB 296 would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against breeds. This bill was tabled by Senate Finance Committee.
–HB 1203 would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against breeds. A hearing was held on Feb. 28. Please continue to encourage the members of the Economic Matters Committee to SUPPORT this bill.
S969/S1247 would allow cities to pass breed specific ordinances, reversing the provision of the animal control law that went into effect on October 2012. This bill is currently before the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government. Please reach out to your legislators and ask them to OPPOSE this bill!
SB2568 would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against breeds. This bill is currently before the Insurance Committee. Please encourage legislators to SUPPORT this bill!
House Bill 5287 and Senate Bill 178 would regulate the ownership of pit bulls at the state level. These bills were WITHDRAWN by their sponsors on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28!
HB2794 and HB2301 would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against specific breeds of dogs. The bills are currently assigned to the House Banking and Insurance Committee. Please encourage your legislators to SUPPORT these bills!
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Residents of the states listed above, please make your voice heard. You have the opportunity to make positive change for responsible dog owners in your state! Please reach out to your legislators and ask them to take action on these bills.