The Tennessee House has issued the hearing schedule for next week. House Bill 621 is set for a hearing in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in room HHR29. The hearings begin at 1:30 p.m., but there are twenty-nine bills on the schedule, and HB621 is number 24 on the agenda.
As noted on the agenda, HB621 amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 50, and would require owners of dangerous and vicious dogs to secure minimal liability insurance. A proposed amendment that came to light earlier this week under Section 1, 44-8-414(a)(3)(A)(iii) would define as vicious:
[D]ogs that belong to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog. The ownership, keeping, or harboring of such a breed of dog shall be prima facie evidence of the ownership, keeping or harboring of a vicious dog.
Proposed amendments to bills are not reflected on the Tennessee Legislature’s website. Amendments are only posted once they are passed by committee, a point that underscores the importance of this alert. The amendment to HB621 will be heard and voted on at the Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, March 20.
The purpose of this call to action is to ensure that these amendments do not make it out of committee, and YOU play a very important role in making that happen.
TENNESSEE RESIDENTS: Before the hearing on March 20, it is extremely important that you reach out to the members the House Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as your respective legislators, and ask them to oppose HB621. Let them know that breed discriminatory ordinances promote a false sense of security in communities and actually put their constituents at risk to the truly dangerous dogs not designated as such because they don’t meet the physical characteristics established by breed discriminatory laws. A dog’s appearance or breed has no bearing on the risk or danger that any dog poses to a community, and strongly enforced breed-neutral dangerous dog laws that target irresponsible and reckless dog owners benefit the entire community – people and animals alike.
House Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural Resources
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As always, please be polite and respectful in all your communications with legislators. Remember, you are representing responsible dog owners as a whole.
You can find more information on, and read a copy of, the proposed amendment in our original alert:https://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/hb621sb865-would-regulate-pit-bulls-in-tennessee/