Bills pending in the legislatures of Connecticut, Nevada and Rhode Island would prohibit municipalities from enacting breed specific ordinances.
If you reside in one of the above states, please reach out to your lawmakers and ask them to support these bills (additional information for each bill is below). Let your legislators know that laws that target dogs based on their appearance instead of their behavior makes communities more vulnerable to dangerous dogs, not less. In addition, passage of the pending laws would ensure that 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 or with certain appearances. Simply put, generic, breed-neutral animal control laws create a safer environment for ALL members of the community – humans and animals.
In Connecticut, HB6311 was passed UNANIMOUSLY in the House, and was placed on the Senate hearing calendar on May 9, 2013 under file number 556. Bills are called up in the order in which they appear on the calendar, and HB6311 is making its way up the list, and is expected to be heard in the very near future.
CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS: Please continue to encourage your legislators to SUPPORT this bill. You can contact information for your legislators here.
Previous Alerts for Connecticut HB6311
In Nevada, AB110 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2013 and now advances to the full Senate floor for a vote.
NEVADA RESIDENTS: Please contact your senators and encourage them to SUPPORT this bill. Contact information for your legislators can be found here.
Previous Alerts for Nevada AB110
In Rhode Island, a hearing was held on HB5671 on May 9, 2013 in the House Judiciary Committee. The Committee has recommended the measure be held for further study.
RHODE ISLAND RESIDENTS: Please encourage the members of the Judiciary Committee, as well as the legislators for your district, to SUPPORT this bill and move it forward. To find the legislators for your district, please click here:
House Judiciary Committee Members
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Committee clerk: Roberta Dimezza (401) 222-2258