Ohio HB 79 passes House, moves to Senate

Thanks to Jodi and Jean for this update!

Ohio House Bill 79 made it through the Ohio House Of Representatives today! It was added on to HB55 and went up for a full vote on the floor. It is now moving to the Senate. I will post updates as soon as I know who we need to send letters to. As a reminder, HB79 would remove the term “pitbull” from the Ohio Revised Code’s definition of vicious dog. Ohio is the only state that has statewide BDL.

Ohio House approves amendment to end state’s pit bull law

Article published May 27, 2010

COLUMBUS – The Ohio House Thursday overwhelmingly voted to end Ohio’s status as the only state that declares the “pit bull” an inherently vicious dog by virtue of its existence.

Full article retrieved May 27, 2010 from http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100527/NEWS16/100529686

10 responses to “Ohio HB 79 passes House, moves to Senate

  1. that is great news! wow. thank you!

  2. So what does this mean, if it is passed? Will we still have BSL? Will I still need to follow all the rules that the City of Akron requires? And will my pit not be considered a vicious breed? I’m kind of law-illeriate!

    • stopbslcom

      Hi Amanda,

      The bill is still a ways from passing. It needs to be passed by the Senate, get the governor’s signature, etc. I’ll have more details when they are available.

      IF the bill were to become law, only state law would be affected. The state would not consider your dog automatically “vicious.” But city laws would continue to be in effect. Akron, like many, many Ohio cities, has BSL written into city ordinance. So you will still have to abide by the city ordinances, if you live in or visit a city with BSL.

  3. Robin McClelland

    This is great news to see the Bill progressing in a positive direction!

  4. This is such great news. It passed by a landslide in the house and I think it will pass in the senate. Ohioans are aware that we are the only state to do this and that the law is based on misconceptions. That being said, it doesn’t necessarily mean that pitbulls at pounds are safe. Dogs can be eliminated just due to overcrowding. It does mean that pitbulls will not be labeled vicious dogs unless they do something to prove they are vicious which can give them a chance at adoption if they are in pounds and will make pitbull owners’ lives a little easier.

  5. Anyssa Frazier

    This is wonderful news!!

  6. selwyn marock

    First Brampton now Ohio,to-day is looking good.Hopefully politicos will get the message “Murdering Family Pets” is not the route to go to gain political points.


  7. This is great, lets just hope it passes. In response to stopbsl.com .” But city laws would continue to be in effect. Akron, like many, many Ohio cities, has BSL written into city ordinance”

    Is this right? I think that a city cannot keep enforcing any laws that conflict with state law, so if the city deems pit bulls automatically vicious, and the state does not, that would be conflicting right? That is why cities cannit abandon BSL all together, because it would be conflicting with state law.

    • stopbslcom

      Hi Mike,
      Cities must follow state law, but are also given the freedom to create and enforce more-restrictive laws in many cases. This is why many cities in Ohio have gone above and beyond simply following state law in terms of dangerous dogs; they have also passed more restrictive BSL, up to and including breed bans.

      If this bill passes, it would only remove “pit bulls” from the description of a vicious dog at the state law level. State law does not and would not say that cities cannot pass or enforce breed-specific laws themselves. So BSL enacted by cities within Ohio would not conflict with state law. Cities within Ohio that already have BSL may continue to enforce it. However, cities that did not already have BSL would need to pass BSL if they want to single out “pit bulls” or other types of dogs.

      A minority of states, such as Illinois, Texas, New York, etc., have written into their state law that municipalities may not pass breed-specific laws. The bill being put forth in Ohio does not do this. Ohio will basically fall back in line with the majority of states, which do not have BSL at the state level, but do not say that municipalities within the state cannot pass BSL if they so desire. At least, that is my understanding of the situation.

  8. It’s great to see people realize that Pit Bulls should not be classified as a vicious breed as a whole. It hurts me to think that there are people out there that are just so against the breed. We just rescued our Pit Bull last year. She has every right to be bitter after the horrible things that were done to her the first year of her life but she is the most loving and gentle dog. So grateful to be loved and have a home. Just wonderful with kids, people, and all animals.
    GREAT NEWS! Now we just have to pray that the senate follows suit.