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Ontario, Canada: Bill 16 committee testimony from April 18 hearing

Bill 16, which would repeal the Ontario breed ban, had a public hearing in committee on April 18.

Testimony was unanimously in favor of Bill 16 and breed ban repeal. Several excellent speakers made smart arguments.

If you would like to read the hearing transcript: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/committee-proceedings/committee_transcripts_details.do?locale=en&Date=2012-04-18&ParlCommID=8962&BillID=2552&Business&DocumentID=26206

If you would like to watch the hearing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BkkKPt5WbLA

The next committee hearing on Bill 16 will take place on April 25.

All alerts for Ontario Bill 16: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22Bill+16%22

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Florida HB 997 scheduled for second reading, March 5

Update 3/6/12: The bill is still on the second reading calendar, but has not been read yet. We do not know if or when the House will take it up.

HB 997, which would repeal the breed ban in Miami-Dade (thereby treating all Florida municipalities and citizens equally), was postponed at second reading on March 2. It has been rescheduled for second reading on March 5. This could potentially set it up for a full House vote on March 6—barring any further delays.

Unfortunately, the legislative session ends on March 9, and the bill still has to go to the Senate side even if it passes the House. The continued delays have made the bill unlikely to pass without heroic measures.

However, Floridians, please continue to fight for HB 997 and push it as far in the process as it will go in the remaining time. The further it goes and the more successful it is, the more likely that the bill will be refiled next session. Some of you may remember Ohio HB 79. In 2009, HB 79 passed the Ohio House, but ran out of time and died in the Senate. Seeing that HB 79 had done well, even though it didn’t pass, Rep. Sears refiled the bill last year as HB 14. And of course, we all know what happened with HB 14! Sometimes it takes a few tries.

Florida residents, please contact your House Representatives and urge them to support HB 997.
If you do not know your House Rep, you can use the Legislator Finder:
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

SB 1322, the companion bill on the Senate side, is still stuck in a subcommittee. Florida residents, please contact your Senator and ask him or her to intervene on behalf of SB 1322. The bill needs to be removed from the subcommittee and put back in motion.
Find your Senator here: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

Status page for HB 997: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=48233

Status page for SB 1322: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/1322

Florida HB 997 will have second reading, March 2

We are down to the wire in Florida, with the legislative session ending on March 9. Nevertheless, some good news—HB 997, which would repeal the breed ban in Miami-Dade (thereby treating all Florida municipalities and citizens equally), is still moving forward.

HB 997 has been scheduled on the Special Order Calendar for a second reading on March 2. This could potentially mean a third reading and House vote early next week!

Florida residents, please contact your House Representatives and urge them to support HB 997.
If you do not know your House Rep, you can use the Legislator Finder:
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

Unfortunately, SB 1322, the companion bill on the Senate side, is still stuck in a subcommittee, voted against 5-2. Unless SB 1322 gets out of the subcommittee, it will be difficult if not impossible to get HB 997 passed by the deadline. The consideration of companion bills allows both the House and the Senate to consider a bill at the same time, which speeds up the process; without a companion bill, an approved House bill then has to go through the Senate process.

Florida residents, please contact your Senator and ask him or her to intervene on behalf of SB 1322. The bill needs to be removed from the subcommittee and put back in motion.
Find your Senator here: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

Status page for HB 997: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=48233

Status page for SB 1322: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/1322

Slater, MO: City decides against BSL

Please THANK Slater officials for their smart decision to drop the breed-specific language in their proposed animal ordinance revisions.

Contact info for Slater officials:
Slater City Hall, 232 N. Main St., Slater, MO 65349
Ph: 660.529.2271
Fax: 660.529.2593
info@cityofslater.com

All alerts for Slater: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22slater%2C+mo%22

Slater Council workshops pending animal laws

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

By MAGGIE MENDERSKI/Staff Writer

The Slater City Council workshopped the pending animal ordinance on Feb. 21, immediately following the regularly scheduled city council meeting.[…]

The council heeded several citizen recommendations during the latest workshop.

Breed-specific laws have been a source of deep controversy in each of the animal hearings. While the council has decided to write a strict vicious animal clause, it has decided against placing restrictions on specific breeds.

“The vet and the lawyers and everyone seems to say it shouldn’t be breed specific,” Allegri said. […]

Full article retrieved 2/22/12 from http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1818623.html

Slater, MO update: City to hold another public hearing (possible BSL)

No date has been set for the next public hearing on the city’s proposed animal ordinance revisions. This week’s public hearing featured an excellent presentation against BSL from a veterinarian, but the city’s proposal still contains BSL. Please continue to encourage Slater officials to choose a breed-neutral, non-discriminatory solution.

Contact info for Slater officials:
Slater City Hall, 232 N. Main St., Slater, MO 65349
Ph: 660.529.2271
Fax: 660.529.2593
info@cityofslater.com

All alerts for Slater: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22slater%2C+mo%22

Slater anticipates fourth animal ordinance hearing

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Marshall Democrat-News

Two-dozen pictures of pit bull look-a-likes hung on a board at Slater City Hall.

Each dog carried the coloring or stereotypical markings of the animal, but only one tested DNA positive for pit bull blood. Veterinarian Jane Waller failed to identify it by its picture, which represented a portion of the difficulty enforcing breed specific laws. At the Slater animal ordinance hearing on Jan. 18, she cautioned against breed specific legislature. […]

Councilman Terry Jordan closed the meeting by asking that another hearing be arranged. […]

Full article retrieved 1/19/12 from http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1806106.html

Slater, MO reminder: Public meeting on animal ordinance, Jan 16 (possible BSL)

Slater is considering major revisions to its animal ordinance. One of the suggested revisions could declare certain breeds to be automatically “vicious” and put restrictions on ownership of those breeds. “Pit bulls” appear to be particularly targeted. Slater will hold another public hearing on proposed revisions on Jan 16 at 7:00 PM at City Hall.

Contact info for Slater officials:
Slater City Hall, 232 N. Main St., Slater, MO 65349
Ph: 660.529.2271
Fax: 660.529.2593
info@cityofslater.com

All alerts for Slater: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22slater%2C+mo%22

Ohio HB 14: Second committee hearing brings proponents, opponents together

Edit 1/31/12: You are viewing an old post; HB 14 has advanced. View all alerts for HB 14: http://stopbsl.com/?s=ohio+hb+14

Ohio HB 14, which would repeal statewide breed discrimination, is tentatively scheduled for a committee vote next week. That very important vote could make or break the passage of the bill. Please continue to encourage the committee to vote for HB 14 (contact info below the article). We will issue a reminder alert early next week.

‘Pit bull’ friends, foes clash at hearing to change Ohio law

BY JIM PROVANCE

BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU CHIEF

COLUMBUS — Animal-rights activists and dog owners Tuesday urged lawmakers to end Ohio’s discrimination against the ”pit bull” based primarily on its appearance.

But victims and witnesses to ”pit bull” attacks argued the breed is not like other dogs and should retain its distinction under Ohio’s 24-year-old law as the only type of dog singled out as inherently “vicious.”[…]

Critics of the current law argued that there is no true ”pit bull” breed and that the law allows authorities to unscientifically label a dog based on its appearance rather than its behavior.

Opponents of proposed House Bill 14 say it wouldn’t impose the most stringent of restrictions on a ”pit bull” until after it had already seriously injured a person. […]

Full article retrieved 12/8/11 from http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2011/12/07/Pit-bull-friends-foes-clash-at-hearing-to-change-Ohio-law.html

Contact the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to pass HB 14 out of committee:
SD02@senate.state.oh.us; SD22@senate.state.oh.us; SD25@maild.sen.state.oh.us; SD12@senate.state.oh.us; SD09@maild.sen.state.oh.us; SD27@senate.state.oh.us; SD29@senate.state.oh.us; SD33@maild.sen.state.oh.us; SD08@senate.state.oh.us

Link to Senate Judiciary Committee:
http://www.ohiosenate.gov/committees/standing/detail/judiciary.html

Find your state senator using the legislator locator:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/index.cfm

The full text of HB 14 as reported from the House can be read here: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_14