Edit 12/2011: Since this bill never made it out of committee, we believe it is dead.
Edit 5/27/11: This bill was heard by the joint committee on 5/11/11.
Rep. Vincent Pedone has filed MA H01455. This is a refiling of last session’s HB 1997. H01455 provides guidelines for municipalities to ban or restrict breeds of dogs.
Section 174H. (a) Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit a city or town or district from banning or further regulating a particular breed of dog.
(b) Any city or town may further regulate or ban a particular breed of dog with a majority vote of the governing body.
(c) Upon the vote of a city or town to regulate or ban a particular breed of dog, said city or town shall establish a board consisting of 3 members to identify and determine the breed of dogs in said city or town, subject to the governing regulation. The 3 board members shall consist of: 2 members of the public that are appointed by the city manager or mayor, one of which must be considered an expert in field of animals; and the animal control officer or a designee.
(d) If a particular breed of dog is further regulated or banned, the regulation or ban shall not take effect until 180 days after the vote by the city or town.
H01455 has been assigned to the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
A hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Contact the following legislators to state your OPPOSITION to H01455.
Rep. Vincent Pedone, Vincent.Pedone@mahouse.gov
Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government members:
Sen. James T. Welch, James.Welch@masenate.gov
Sen. Daniel A. Wolf, Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov
Rep. Michael F. Kane, Michael.Kane@mahouse.gov
Rep. Joyce A. Spiliotis, Joyce.Spiliotis@mahouse.gov
Sen. Gale D. Candaras, Gale.Candaras@masenate.gov
Sen. James E. Timilty, James.Timilty@masenate.gov
Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov
Sen. Richard J. Ross, Richard.Ross@masenate.gov
Rep. Cleon H. Turner, Cleon.Turner@mahouse.gov
Rep. Sean Garballey, Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov
Rep. Brian M. Ashe, Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov
Rep. Timothy R. Madden, Timothy.Madden@mahouse.gov
Rep. Gailanne M. Cariddi, email@example.com
Rep. Mark J. Cusack, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jerald A. Parisella, email@example.com
Rep. Kevin J. Kuros, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ryan C. Fattman, email@example.com
Email block for cut and paste:
James.Welch@masenate.gov; Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov; Michael.Kane@mahouse.gov; Joyce.Spiliotis@mahouse.gov; Gale.Candaras@masenate.gov; James.Timilty@masenate.gov; Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov; Richard.Ross@masenate.gov; Cleon.Turner@mahouse.gov; Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov; Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov; Timothy.Madden@mahouse.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
H01455 may be read and tracked here: http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H01455