Update 1/22/09: HB 543 has a companion bill in the Senate, SB 1276, proposed by Senator Anthony Hill. I will update when that bill is assigned to committee. Thanks to ADBA for this notice.
Florida state law prohibits municipalities from passing breed-specific legislation. HB 543 would remove that prohibition and make it possible for any municipality in Florida to pass BSL.
HB 543 has moved to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee.
Florida residents, please contact the following members of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Committee and ask them not to recommend HB 543.
Click here for list of committee members with access to email forms for each member: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/Committees/committeesdetail.aspx?SessionId=64&CommitteeId=2470
Williams, Trudi K. (R) Chair
Mayfield, Debbie (R) Vice Chair
Bembry, Leonard L. (D) Democratic Ranking Member
Boyd, Debbie (D)
Brandenburg, Mary (D)
Bullard, Dwight M. (D)
Burgin, Rachel V. (R)
Crisafulli, Steve (R)
Evers, Greg (R)
Glorioso, Richard (R)
Heller, Bill (D)
Kreegel, Paige (R)
Patronis, Jimmy (R)
The committee members will hold at least one public hearing on the bill before voting on it. If they vote to recommend the bill, it will move to the House for a full vote. If they do not recommend the bill, it will die in committee. The goal, therefore, is to prevent it from leaving committee. This is the easiest way to stop a bill.
Previous alert for HB 543: http://stopbsl.com/2009/12/31/florida-hb-543-would-remove-statewide-prohibition-on-bsl/