The Rhode Island bill to prohibit breed discrimination on the state level has passed committee today. It now moves on to a vote in the full House.
HB5671 will include language saying that “no city or town may enact, and rule, regulation or ordinance specific to any breed of dog or cat in the exercise of its power to further control or regulate dogs, cats or other animals as authorized by this chapter” in both the section regulating vicious dogs and the general dog law section of state statutes.
The bill will take effect upon passage. The language is very clear and simple, which is always a good thing in legislation. The clearer the law the better it is for the citizens.
It is incredibly important to reach out and urge your legislators to support this bill because the legislative session ends on the 30th of June.
Rhode Island residents: Please reach out now and urge legislators to support this bill. You can find your specific legislator here. You must put your zip code into the search function on the top of the page. Look for your Representatives and Senators to contact both so that they will know their constituents support HB5671.