Connecticut HB 6311 has been signed into law by the Governor and now becomes the 15th state to outlaw breed discrimination.
Like the recently passed Nevada Assembly Bill 110, Connecticut HB6311 has no home rule exemption or grandfather clause. This was an easy sell because currently there are no municipalities in Connecticut known to have a breed discriminatory law. Grandfather clauses are often added when a municipality has a law that they are fighting to keep, often lobbying against the law to prohibit breed discrimination.
It is also interesting to note that, also like the Nevada bill, HB6311 passed with a very small minority of dissenting votes. There were only 4 votes against the bill’s passage in the Senate, the bill passed unanimously in the House.
This is not to say that passing these bills is a simple task. There is a lot of educating that must be done to make law makers understand what breed discriminatory laws entail in cost to both municipalities and citizens. What this does point to is an increased willingness by law makers to address the issues that prevent municipalities from becoming the safe and humane communities they deserve to be.
Congratulations Connecticut! We look forward to finding out who will be number 16 in the rapidly growing list of states that do not want breed discrimination.