In February, Connecticut state legislators introduced a bill that would prohibit municipalities from enacting breed discriminatory laws.
This bill came back from the fiscal analysis with a report that there will be no fiscal impact with this bill. This means that enacting this bill will not create any financial burden for the state or any local municipalities. This is not uncommon as breed neutral dangerous dog laws are financially far more benign that breed discriminatory ones, and bills of this nature do not mandate any changes for every municipality, but rather create a prohibition against unjust laws.
After a unanimously favorable committee report the bill was officially referred to the full House where it will be voted on. Should this bill be passed in the House it would move to the Senate for a repeat of the same process.
Connecticut residents:Please continue to reach out to your representatives and politely ask them to support this bill. It is important that when these bills move forward to the next step support is shown for them so legislators have that fresh in their minds when the bill is heard.
You can find your specific representatives on the states website.
Previous alert for HB6311
Nevada is considering prohibiting breed specific legislation on the state level. The Nevada General assembly will hear this bill on the 26th of February at 8 am in Room 3138 of the Legislative Building at 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, Nevada.
The text of the bill can be found here.
“A dog may not be found dangerous or vicious : (a) Based solely on the breed of the dog;”
Simple and straight forward.
Nevada residents: Act now and voice your support for AB 110. Best Friends has set up yet another handy form to contact legislators. Contact information links for the Senate and the Assembly.
On January 23rd Fox 23 out of Oklahoma reported that state Senator Patrick Anderson was abandoning an emergency bill that he proposed to allow breed specific legislation on the state level.
Immediate public pressure has been cited as one possible reason the bill was dropped. Fox 23 stated
“One possible reason the bill was abandoned, an outpouring of backlash against it. People against the passage of this bill started a petition that got thousands of signatures from people who opposed the possible law.”
Senator Anderson has also been quoted saying “We’re not going to move forward on it,…There’s just too much opposition to it.”
When the bill was proposed Best Friends Animal Society issued an alert that 900 Oklahoma residents responded to. In addition a petition garnered 9,000 thousand signatures.
At this time Senator Anderson has said he will not pursue this issue.
Congratulations to Oklahoma residents for standing up for equal rights for all dog owners! This is the perfect example of how the voice of the people can make an immediate and profound impact.
A bill has been introduced by State Representative Yvette Herrel that would prohibit breed specific legislation in the state of New Mexico. House Bill 63 would create a state law prohibiting any municipalities, including those that are home rule, from enacting breed specific legislation. HB63 was introduced on January 11, 2013 and has been assigned to the House Health, Government and Indian Affairs Committee.
This bill needs our support.
NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS, please reach out to your respective state legislators and ask them to support HB63. Let them know that laws that target dogs based on their appearance rather than their behavior creates communities that are more vulnerable to dangerous dogs, not less. The passage of HB 63 would mean cities and counties, in drafting animal control ordinances, would have to tackle the root cause of dangerous dogs, irresponsible and reckless dog owners, rather than pass a blanket law that regulates all members of specific breeds.
You can find your representatives here or use the simple contact form Best Friends has set up.
Please also send a note to Representative Herrell to thank her for introducing this common sense bill that would prohibit the passage of breed discriminatory ordinances in the state of New Mexico.
Representative Yvette Herrell
P.O. Box 4338
Alamogordo, NM 88311
HB63 can be tracked here.
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