Florida HB 997 will have second reading, March 2

We are down to the wire in Florida, with the legislative session ending on March 9. Nevertheless, some good news—HB 997, which would repeal the breed ban in Miami-Dade (thereby treating all Florida municipalities and citizens equally), is still moving forward.

HB 997 has been scheduled on the Special Order Calendar for a second reading on March 2. This could potentially mean a third reading and House vote early next week!

Florida residents, please contact your House Representatives and urge them to support HB 997.
If you do not know your House Rep, you can use the Legislator Finder:
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

Unfortunately, SB 1322, the companion bill on the Senate side, is still stuck in a subcommittee, voted against 5-2. Unless SB 1322 gets out of the subcommittee, it will be difficult if not impossible to get HB 997 passed by the deadline. The consideration of companion bills allows both the House and the Senate to consider a bill at the same time, which speeds up the process; without a companion bill, an approved House bill then has to go through the Senate process.

Florida residents, please contact your Senator and ask him or her to intervene on behalf of SB 1322. The bill needs to be removed from the subcommittee and put back in motion.
Find your Senator here: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

Status page for HB 997: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=48233

Status page for SB 1322: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/1322

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