Ohio HB 14 and HB 25: Committee hearing, March 23

Ohio currently has statewide breed-specific legislation that declares all “pit bulls” to be “vicious” dogs. HB 14 and HB 25 are two separate bills that would remove the breed-specific language from state law.

HB 25 and HB 14 are scheduled for hearings in the House Criminal Justice Committee on March 23 at 9:00 AM in Room 114 (Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio 43215). *Per this week’s online House Committee Schedule.*

If you are a resident of Ohio, please make every effort to attend the committee hearing and show your support for the removal of breed-specific language. If you would like to testify at the hearing, please arrive 30 minutes ahead of time and bring 30 copies of your testimony; you will need to complete a Witness Slip and submit your written copies before the hearing begins.

Contact the Criminal Justice Committee members to express support for HB 25 and HB 14:
Lynn Slaby, Chair, district41@ohr.state.oh.us
Bill Hayes, Vice Chair, district91@ohr.state.oh.us
Louis W. Blessing, Jr., district29@ohr.state.oh.us
Danny R. Bubp, district88@ohr.state.oh.us
William P. Coley, II, district55@ohr.state.oh.us
Cliff Hite, district76@ohr.state.oh.us
Joseph W. Uecker, district66@ohr.state.oh.us
Ron Young, district63@ohr.state.oh.us
Roland Winburn, district40@ohr.state.oh.us
Nancy J. Garland, district20@ohr.state.oh.us
Connie Pillich, district28@ohr.state.oh.us
W. Carlton Weddington, district27@ohr.state.oh.us
Sandra Williams, district11@ohr.state.oh.us

Cut-and-paste email block:
district41@ohr.state.oh.us; district91@ohr.state.oh.us; district29@ohr.state.oh.us; district88@ohr.state.oh.us; district55@ohr.state.oh.us; district76@ohr.state.oh.us; district66@ohr.state.oh.us; district63@ohr.state.oh.us; district40@ohr.state.oh.us; district20@ohr.state.oh.us; district28@ohr.state.oh.us; district27@ohr.state.oh.us; district11@ohr.state.oh.us

Read HB 14 here: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText129/129_HB_14_I_N.html
Read an explanation of HB 14 here:

Read HB 25 here: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText129/129_HB_25_I_N.html
Read an explanation of HB 25 here:

3 responses to “Ohio HB 14 and HB 25: Committee hearing, March 23

  1. Norah Cairns

    i am a resident of ohio who owns a bully breed (not a pit bull but one that can be looked at and viewed as one by the uninformed) I have made an effort to contact these people involved and hopefully the people out there who do love the breed and think this is just pathetic can make a case which will deliver the pits from BSL.

  2. Sherri Dolph

    I am in the same situation with my American Bulldogs and have also contacted the committee members, although I was unable to attend the hearing. My biggest concern with the current law is that the definition of a pit bull or pit bull type dog is so vague that the “officials” are left to determine what dogs are and what dogs aren’t vicious. I disagree with the BSL as a whole, but if they are going to discriminate, at least clarify what is being descriminated against.

    • So are american bulldogs considered vicious by the bsl list in cuyahoga county? Thats what the city kennel told me but I cannot find an exact answer from anyone?