UPDATE 8/2/12: S.2192 was signed by the governor today and will become effective in 90 days. Congratulations to Massachusetts!
Massachusetts S.2192 is a bill that overhauls Massachusetts state animal laws. It includes several clauses that would prohibit municipalities in MA from passing breed-specific laws. S.2192 is on track for third reading in the House.
The most recent amendment to S.2192, which is House document 4266, contains two clauses that would prohibit BSL:
Section 157. (a) Any person may file a complaint in writing to the hearing authority complaining that a dog owned or kept in the city or town is a nuisance dog or is a dangerous dog; provided, however, that no dog shall be deemed dangerous: […] (ii) based upon the breed of such dog; […]
No city or town shall regulate dogs in a manner that is specific to breed.
You can read the full text of the proposed bill, and amendments here: http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/Senate/S02192
We do not not know whether the bill would be retroactive (e.g. would force MA municipalities that currently have BSL to repeal those laws).
All alerts for S.2192: https://stopbsl.org/?s=S.2192
Thanks to Carolyn for letting us know that S.2192 has moved forward.
Can someone provide the person(s) names who started this Bill? I would love to contact them and see how they went about doing it as Rhode Island needs this law too!
Darlene, try contacting the MSPCA (http://www.mspca.org/).
Senator Patricia Jehlen of Sommerville…I would like to hug her!