Status of State Level Bills (as of 3/10/13)

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.

NEW BILLS

RHODE ISLAND

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

MARYLAND

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.

NEVADA

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!

NEW MEXICO

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

CONNECTICUT

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!

KENTUCKY

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!

MARYLAND

-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.

MASSACHUSETTS

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!

NEW YORK

SB2568 would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against breeds. This bill is currently before the Insurance Committee. Please encourage legislators to SUPPORT this bill!

RHODE ISLAND

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!

WEST VIRGINIA

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.

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8 responses to “Status of State Level Bills (as of 3/10/13)

  1. How can you sleep at night knowing you will be separating these beautiful animals from their families. We animal lovers love our pets most times more than our own lives, they are our lives. They are not a dangerous breed, it is taught to them by dangerous people. Criminals in jail & on the streets have more rights than these innocent animals.

  2. Christina Clark

    PASS SB160! No dog is inherently dangerous! Your problem lies in the bad owners that are ignorant and do not teach their dogs to behave, nor do Obedience training of any sort. Your problem is with bad owners teaching their dogs to be mean, Again not properly socializing! Raising a dog is pretty much the same principle as raising a child, When you look at socialization… In that case you should also label all kids inherently dangerous due to the many acting out ; ) Look at the bad owners and not the dogs! I know MANY Pitbulls that have been nothing but sweethearts for their ENTIRE lives, Labeling them is not fair nor at all right!

  3. Dogs, like people, should be judged on their behavior. ALL breeds have biters. To blame an entire breed for the acts of a few is akin to hating an entire race because one has had a bad experience with a few members of that race.

  4. Blaming these dogs is wrong! You guys have more important problems going on than trying to control what citizens do, blame the deed not the breed!!

  5. I dont live in any of these states but i say why punish a animal because of its breed? these dogs are very intelligent and are used for alot of greater good such as therapy dogs for the blind or the elderly or police dogs etc…but most importantly they are animals just like every other animal that just wants a family and just wants love and not only that how are you going to take someones animal from them and kill them after the owners have been caring for the dog? That to me sounds inhumane! Do unto others as you will have them do unto you! Every man will have his judgement day!

  6. punish the deed not the breed. stats prove that bully breeds are highest in temperment

  7. Leave the dogs alone. Work on the Budget, we AMERICANS need relief from all of your mistakes. Get the lobbyest out of the congress halls and get your priorities straight. Stay out of our personal choices.

  8. Please do not pass this law….it is not these poor animals fault! Its sociiety & what (some) irresponsible humans faults! These are precious beings & should not be punished because of their looks.

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