Update 6/9/11: The chair of the Regulatory Reform committee has stated that he does not intend to schedule this bill for a hearing—at least, not in the summer session. This is a good sign, because bills without committee support tend to die. However, we do not consider the bill to be “dead” at this time, because it is still possible for the bill to advance. Michigan residents, this is a good opportunity to “meet and greet” your legislators, educate them, and put a human (and canine) face on this issue, so that they will remember you favorably if and when it comes to a vote.
Representative Timothy Bledsoe has introduced HB 4714, which would ban “pit bulls” statewide.
Contact bill author Rep. Timothy Bledsoe:
Office Address: S585 House Office Building
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Phone: (517) 373-0154
Fax: (517) 373-6094
Webpage with contact form: http://001.housedems.com/
HB 1474 defines “pit bull” as American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and any other dog that looks like one of these. The first year after the legislation is enacted, it will be illegal to breed or sell “pit bulls” in Michigan. The fourth year after enactment, all “pit bulls” in the state must be neutered. The tenth year after enactment, it will be illegal to possess a “pit bull” in the state.
The bill has been sent to the Regulatory Reform committee. Contact the members of the Regulatory Reform committee and ask them to oppose HB 4714.
Angie Lake, Committee Clerk, 517-373-5795, firstname.lastname@example.org
Regulatory Reform Committee Members:
HughCrawford@house.mi.gov; KenYonker@house.mi.gov; email@example.com; KevinDaley@house.mi.gov; TomMcMillin@house.mi.gov; JimStamas@house.mi.gov; MikeShirkey@house.mi.gov; RayFranz@house.mi.gov; EdMcBroom@house.mi.gov; BruceRendon@house.mi.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
HB 4714 is not yet scheduled for a committee hearing.
Thanks to Jen for the heads up.