Yesterday Connecticut House Bill 6311, a bill to outlaw breed discriminatory laws, passed the next step by receiving a favorable report from the Senate Judiciary Committee. It has been reserved for a full Senate vote and has been placed on Senate Calendar Number 556. If this bill clears the full Senate vote it will go to the Governor to be signed into law and will become effective October of this year.
It was reported a few days ago that this bill cleared the House with a unanimous vote of 142-0. This is an impressive vote, but not really that remarkable because the vast majority of legislators come down on the side of common sense breed neutral laws that protect both the citizens and their rights.
More and more states are recognizing that breed discrimination is something that needs to be avoided, and the citizens need protection from.
Connecticut residents: Please reach out to your Senators and ask them to support this bill.
You can find you Senators here.
In our post “Best Friends Alert for Maryland and Connecticut” we reported that a bill had been filed that would prohibit breed specific legislation on the state level in Connecticut.
After the first committee meeting the bill was reserved for a public subject matter hearing. The bill has also been renamed. The updated tracking for HB 6311 can be found here.
February 20th the bill had its hearing, though the results of this hearing have yet to be released.
An interview with the bills sponsor can be found on the Wallingford Patch.
Connecticut residents: Reach out now to you legislators and express support for HB 6311. Contact information for Connecticut legislators can be found here. If you uncomfortable writing your own communication Best Friends Animal Society has a form you can fill out and modify here. Phone calls also go a very long way for showing support. A very simple statement that as a constituent you would like them to support HB 6311 is more than adequate.