A bill in Missouri that would prohibit municipalities from enacting breed discriminatory laws has been heard by the House judiciary Committee.
HB 1116 is very simple. The bill seeks to add an amendment to the current state code that reads: “273.195. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit in any manner the authority of any village, town, or city to prohibit dogs from running at large or to further control or regulate dogs within its boundaries; provided that, no such ordinances, orders, policies, or regulations are specific to breed.”
Missouri HB 1116 has been passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. The committee voted 13-2 for the bill. HB 1116 now goes to the full house for a vote. If it passes the full House, the bill will move to the Senate side, where it will go through the same process of committees and hearings by the Senate. If it passes the full Senate the bill will then need to be signed by the Governor.
The legislative process is a long one, but it is important that residents continue to contact their Senators and Representatives expressing support for this bill.
There is currently no date set for the next reading.
Some have said that there are some legislators who have received correspondence against the bill, so it is important that those residents that support the bill reach out to their legislators and ask them to support it as well.
This post has been edited to reflect that there is no second committee hearing, as was reported by a local organization. The bill is moving to the full House so residents should contact their Representatives to ask them to support this bill.