A bill has been introduced in the Missouri state legislature that would prohibit the passage of breed specific ordinances. House Bill 1116 was introduced by Representative Ron Hicks, and is co-sponsored by Representatives Wilson, Bahr, Walker and Mims, and would prohibit any village, town or city from enacting any ordinance, order, policy, or regulation of dogs that is specific to breed.
HB 1116 is currently before the General Laws Committee. A public hearing was held on February 11, 2014, and the bill goes to executive session on February 25.
Please reach out to your respective legislators, as well as the members of the General Laws Committee, and ask them to support HB 1116. 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 1116 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.
Please remember to keep all communications with legislators polite and respectful. The manner in which we communicate with decision- makers can and does make a difference.
Missouri residents, you can find your respective representative here.
Members of the General Laws Committee:
Mark.Parkinson@house.mo.gov, Stephen, Webber@house.mo.gov,