Below you can find 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 posts containing additional information about the bills, as well as contact information for legislators so you can make your voice heard.
BILLS WITH STATUS CHANGES SINCE 3/10/13 UPDATE
HB 6311 would prohibit municipalities from passing breed specific ordinances. The Joint Committee on Planning and Development has voted to have the proposed bill drafted as a committee bill. Committee bills are fully drafted bills in formal statutory language based on proposed bills. The resulting committee bill will then be sent to both houses for a first reading, and then referred to their original committee for consideration
SB 160, was passed (with an amendment) by the full Senate on March 14, 2013. The bill, which would reverse the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling finding pit bulls to be “inherently dangerous,” now goes back to the House Judiciary Committee. The House and Senate passed two different versions of the bill, and those differences must be reconciled in order for the bill to make it over its final hurdle. A first reading on the bill is scheduled to be held in the Judiciary Committee on March 27, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1203 would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against breeds. A second reading was held in the Economic Matters Committee on March 23. Committee members voted unanimously to pass the bill (with an amendment). Please continue to encourage the members of the Economic Matters Committee to SUPPORT this bill and pass it at the third reading.
HB63 would prevent municipalities from passing breed specific ordinances. This bill passed on the full House floor with a 48-14 vote. A hearing was then held on March 8 in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was passed with a 6-1 vote. The bill moved to the Senate where it was not called up for a hearing. The 2013 New Mexico legislative session ended on March 16, 2013, without the passage of this bill.
AB3952 The New York Assembly Insurance Committee APPROVED Assembly Bill 3952, a bill that would prohibit insurance companies from canceling and/or raising the premiums of a homeowner’s liability insurance policy based on the ownership of a specific breed of dog. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Codes Committee. Please encourage the members of the Codes Committee to SUPPORT this bill!
HB5671 would prevent cities and towns in Rhode Island from “enacting regulations or ordinances specific to any particular breed of dog.” HB5671 is currently in the House Judiciary Committee where a hearing was scheduled for March 19, 2013. The hearing was postponed at the request of the sponsor. Please encourage the members of the House Judiciary Committee to SUPPORT this bill, and lets get it back on the hearing calendar!
HB621, as originally filed, was a poorly drafted bill that identified as “dangerous,” any dog with the “physical nature” capable of causing serious bodily injury or harm, thus requiring owners of such dogs to obtain liability insurance. On March 13, an amendment came to light that would automatically deem all pit bulls as vicious dogs. A hearing was scheduled on the bill on March 20. However, after only SIX days of strong opposition from Tennessee dog owners, Represenative Gilmore pulled HB621 from the hearing calendar, effectively killing the bill.
NO MOVEMENT SINCE 3/10/13 UPDATE
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!
SB 296 would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against breeds. This bill was tabled by Senate Finance Committee.
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!
AB110 would prevent municipalities from passing breed specific ordinances. A hearing was held in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 7, but no vote was taken due to differences not related to the breed specific provision. 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!
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.