HB 6311, a bill pending in the Connecticut legislature, would prohibit municipalities from passing breed discriminatory ordinances.
A public hearing was held in the Joint Committee on Planning and Development on HB 6311 on February 20, 2013, and the committee has voted to have the proposed bill drafted as a committee bill. A committee bill is a fully drafted bill in formal statutory language based on a proposed bill. The resulting committee bill will then be sent to both houses for a first reading, and then referred to their original committee for consideration.
CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS: Please reach out to the legislators for the districts in which you live and ask them to support HB 6311. 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 6311 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.
To find your legislators, please visit this link: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp