Maryland: SB247 passes in Senate; Advances to House

On February 28, 2014. the Maryland Senate passed Senate Bill 247 in a 45-0 vote.  The bill was read for the first time in the House on March 3, and has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee

SB247 seeks to overturn the 2012 Court of Appeals ruling in Tracey v. Solesky, which declared pit bulls as “inherently dangerous,” and holds landlords strictly liable for injuries. The ruling created a nightmare situation for dog owners across the state, yet for the last two years, Maryland legislators have failed to come to an agreement on the language of the bill.

The bill would make dog owners, not landlords, responsible for injuries caused by their dogs, and would protect responsible dog owners by creating a rebuttable presumption that the owners knew or should have known about their dog’s dangerous propensities, regardless of the breed of their dog.

MARYLAND RESIDENTS:  Please reach out to the Judiciary Committee members, as well as the House Representative for your district, and ask them to support SB247 which would hold ALL dog owners accountable for the actions of their dogs, regardless of breed, and remove the “inherently dangerous” label given to pit bulls by the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Please remember to keep all communications with legislators polite and respectful.  The manner in which we communicate with officials can and does make a difference.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee:,,,,

You can find your respective House Representative and his or her contact information here.


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