SB176 - ‘‘Common Sense Concealed Firearms Permit Act of 2011” - A BILL To establish minimum standards for States that allow the carrying of concealed firearms.
Referred to Senate Committee on the Judiciary
HR1830 - To authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption.
Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
SB679 - Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 - A BILL To reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation.
Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
STATES - in alphabetical order
Jasper - Mayor Sonny Posey has proposed a breed ban that would include “pit bulls,” Dobermans, Rottweilers, Chows, mixes of these, and any mutt that “looks like” one of these. The council may take the first vote on the ordinance during the next council meeting on June 7. Next city council meeting: June 7, 10 AM(?), Jasper City Hall Council Chambers, 400 West 19 th Street, Jasper, AL.
Montgomery - City Council committee has agreed to resume discussions on how to curtail the escalating problem of vicious and nuisance dogs in the city. The committee meeting is scheduled at 2 p.m. June 21.
Yavapai County - proposed Ordinance Amendments on a limit of dogs allowed (owned) based on your property size. At this time I'm hearing 5ACRES 20-DOGS, 2ACRES 10-DOGS, and continues to DECREASE as your property size decreases. NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Copies of the complete text of the proposed Ordinance Amendments are available for review at 500 S Marina St. in Prescott and 10 S. 6th St. in Cottonwood at the Development Services offices. Property owners may submit letters in opposition or support of a proposed Zoning Map Change or Special Use Permit by directing written correspondence to the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission, 500 S. Marina Street, Prescott, Arizona 86303. This written material becomes public information. Written comments or protests are encouraged to be submitted in advance of these hearings. Agenda information is also available on the website for Yavapai County, approximately one week before the published Planning and Zoning Commission meetings. Website address: www.co.yavapai.az.us. The following public hearings will be held at the time and place specified: Planning and Zoning Commission Planning and Zoning Commission 1015 Fair Street 10 S. 6th Street Prescott, AZ 86305 June 8, 2011, 9:30 a.m.
AB88 - An act to add Section 110756 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to food labeling.
Referred to Committee on Appropriations
Los Angeles - City Councilmember Paul Koretz is proposing a ban on the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits in Los Angeles. This was presented as a ban on pets from "puppy mills".
Santa Clara County - Board of Supervisors enacted policies that would hold the owners of pit bulls and other potentially dangerous dogs accountable for their dogs' actions. New policies would expand on current safety laws by specifically granting the county's Animal Care and Control Department authority to deem a dog "potentially dangerous" after one attack on another animal. The policies also require anyone who walks a "potentially dangerous" dog to be over 18 and physically capable of controlling the animal. The expanded law also increases the amount of liability insurance a "potentially dangerous" dog owner must carry from $50,000 to $100,000. The board will return to this issue to discuss the language for the new ordinances, and the law will take effect 60 days after that discussion.
Brevard County - County Commission will consider the Sandy Paws proposal May 24. According to agenda materials, the organization wants commissioners to designate a lightly used beach where dogs can romp unleashed during daylight hours
HB243 - A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMAL CRUELTY - The purpose of this Act is to limit store-front retail activity of unsterilized cats and unsterilized dogs in order to mitigate the suffering of the feral cat and stray dog population. This Act is intended to address the irresponsible and indiscriminate sale of puppies and kittens without regard to the consequence of animal population growth.
Held over to 2012 session
HB1621 - A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DOGS - Establishes a licensing requirement for dog breeders. Effective July 1, 2112
Held over to 2012 session
SB1424 - A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER - Confinement of a dog by tethering; violation.
Held over to 2012 session in the Committee on Judiciary & Labor
SB1522 - A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DOGS
Held over to 2012 session
Deerfield - village board is considering a new law that would require owners to muzzle dogs that have bitten other animals or people when the dogs are off the owner's property--- but within the confines of the village. No word on how officials plan would enforce the new law.
Seward County - (05/04/11) County Counsel voted to repeal the county's 20 year old breed ban in a 3-2 vote.
LD1075 - (04/29/11) bill proposing a ban on selling and transporting horses for slaughter was withdrawn by its sponsor. Hundreds of people had been expected to testify both for and against the measure at a public hearing originally scheduled for next Tuesday. Rep. Gary Knight, R-Livermore Falls, said he will resubmit the bill next winter.
Cecil County - Board of County Commissioners will likely discuss numerous changes to its kennel and licensing laws during its 2012 budget public hearing on May 10, 2011. While it is not certain that a final vote will be taken on these changes on Tuesday, it is important that the commission hear that residents are concerned with the proposal.
Lowell - (05/03/11) city council meeting in Lowell, MA, the city moved one step closer to requiring that pit bulls be muzzled in public. The council directed the city solicitor to draft a muzzle ordinance similar to those in Boston and Worcester. The council will discuss the drafted ordinance at next Tuesday’s public safety subcommittee meeting, and will vote on whether to forward the ordinance to a public hearing. Councilors Rodney Elliott, Edward “Bud” Caulfield, Kevin Broderick, Bill Martin and Rita Mercier voted to move forward in the process. Mayor Jim Milinazzo, Councilor Franky Descoteaux and Councilor Patrick Murphy voted against drafting an ordinance. UPDATE (05/24/11) city council voted to move forward to a public hearing a “pit-bull muzzle law.” Despite the description, the ordinance would also require that all pit bulls be spayed or neutered, and would not allow anyone to own more than two (2) pit bulls. The law would apply to any dog having the appearance of a “pit bull.” The ordinance includes an exemption for the muzzle requirement for dogs that complete a training program. This ordinance could be voted on as early as June 14!
Saginaw - (05/11/11) proposed Dangerous Dogs ordinance was supposed to be discussed last night but has been postponed until June 6th (per the city clerk's office). Alaskan Malamutes are no longer on the "2011 TOP FIVE DANGEROUS DOGS" list (List will be updated annually). Updated list is: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Bull Mastiffs and Presa Canarios. Full draft of the latest version of the ordinance available here: https://www.facebook.com/l/a9e0bwxBdA7P6fVrK3VGZKf5dmg/www.saginaw-mi.com/Government/Departments/CityCouncil/Proposed%20Dog%20Ordinance.pdf
Webb City - City Council to take a look at whether to adopt an ordinance banning the breed after a attack by a pit bull on another dog withiin the city limits. The city attorney is continuing to research ordinances in play in other towns and court cases relevant to the issue. UPDATE (05/23/11) city council meeting canceled for tonight.
HB390 - Died at end of 2011 session
HB515 - Died at end of 2011 session
HJR28 - Died at end of 2011 session
Butte-Silver Bow - Commissioner Terry Schultz’s efforts to enact a law targeting various breeds designated as “pit bull breeds.” Schultz’s proposed ordinance is modeled after that of Omaha, Nebraska, and would require the following: "Pit bulls may not be outdoors unless confined in a fenced yard or restrained by a harness and leash no longer than 6 feet by someone at least 19 years old. Muzzles also would be required for pit bulls 6 months and older, would require the owners of any pit bull or animal that is determined to be dangerous by a court, or any animal administratively determined as potentially dangerous to purchase public liability insurance of at least $100,000." Schultz defines pit bulls as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentina, Presa Canario, Cane Corso, American Bulldog or any dog with those predominant physical traits. This issue could be heard as early as this Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 312 of the courthouse. Meetings are open to the public. Butte-Silver Bow Courthouse 155 West Granite Street Butte, MT 59701 Telephone: (406) 497-6200 FAX: (406) 497-6328
AB0299 - AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to establishing an animal abuser registry
Referred to the Committee on Agriculture
AB3507 - AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to prohibiting insurers from canceling, refusing to issue or renew, or charging higher premiums for homeowners' insurance based on the breed of dog owned
Referred to the Committee on Insurance
S2015 - AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to establishing an animal abuser registry
Referred to the Committee on Agriculture
HB25 - House of Representatives approved asubstitute HB 25 that eliminated the language that would have repealed BSL in the state. So, pit bulls will still be covered under the law unless another bill eliminating the language is approved or the bill is changed back in the Senate
Cleveland - - (05/16/11) Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone introduced an ordinance that will repeal Cleveland's breed specific vicious dog law. It has been referred to the Safety Committee where it will be heard on June 1st. The meeting will be at: Cleveland City Hall 601 Lakeside Ave. Rm 217 Cleveland, Ohio 44114 10:00 am
Thank you Judy Schreiber Dwornick & Jean Keating
Lima - city is poised to change how it enforces its laws concerning the dogs. Law Director Tony Geiger expects to have legislation for City Council at its Monday meeting that would change the current court summons to a citation with fines. Violations include walking the dog without a leash or muzzle or owning a dog without insurance or owning more than one dog. Pit bull issues are back in the neighborhoods and councilors, hearing from residents, expressed their frustration with a delay in proposed legislation.
SB27 - AN ACT Amending the act of December 17, 1968 (P.L.1224, No.387), entitled "An act prohibiting unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce, giving the Attorney General and District Attorneys certain powers and duties and providing penalties," further providing for dog purchaser protection.
Referred to CONSUMER PROTECTION AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE
SB768 - An Act amending the act of December 27, 1974 (P.L.995, No.326), known as the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act, further providing for definitions.
Referred to CONSUMER PROTECTION AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE
Madison - City Commission was reviewing two proposed ordinances dealing with prohibitions against vicious and diseased animals in proposed Ordinance 1506 and with registration and regulations regarding pit bull breeds in Ordinance 1507. City Attorney David Jencks told the city commissioners that 1506 was intended as a more effective municipal law in dealing with vicious animals than Madison's current set of codes. The new ordinance defined and prohibited vicious animals and also outlined the city's response if a dangerous animal threatened or injured other animals or persons. In describing Ordinance 1507, Jencks told the commissioners that it specifically dealt with regulating pit bull dog breeds. Jencks said he had reviewed many laws both inside and outside of South Dakota concerning the regulation and even banning of pit bulls from communities. He added that some communities banned other dog species such as Rottweiler. Ordinance 1507 outlined the registration of pit bulls within city limits and the extent to which the dogs' owners had to keep pit bulls confined. The ordinance also required signs warning of the presence of pit bull dog breeds and the purchase of liability insurance to cover $250,000 in injuries and death. The commissioners supported having Jencks revise the two proposed ordinances into one that would provide regulations for all dangerous and/or vicious animals. Jencks told the commissioners that he should have the amended ordinance ready for next Monday's (5/23/11) meeting and a first reading by the commissioners. UPDATE (05/23/11) City Commission heard the first reading of a new vicious animal ordinance on Monday that includes the authorization for the city police to kill such an animal if it is not kept under control. Proposed Ordinance 1506 would prohibit any person from keeping a vicious animal within Madison's city limits. It also defines a vicious animal in part as "Any animal of a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack, to cause injury, or to otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or animals."
Clarksville - (05/05/11) city council met in it regular session tonight with a 2.5 hour meeting. Some of the topics were three ordinances related to dog and cat management. Ordinance 80 dealt with limiting the number of dogs an owner could have based on property size. The limits were seven (7) dogs and or cats on a lot less than one acre. The limit for one (1) to five (5) acres was 10. As you can imagine there was considerable discussion, both pro and con. We also had 5 public speakers that addressed the council before the official meeting started. They represented various groups and individuals. They too were pro and con. The final vote came down to a 6-6 tie. Mayor McMillan broke the tie by voting "no". So you may have as many dogs or cats as you want. Ordinance 81 dealt with stopping the roadside sale of dogs and cats. This seemed to have more support, as there was less discussion. The vote was 10-yes & 2-no. Ordinance 82 addressed stopping breeders who run puppy mills and people who breed animals without taking proper care of them. A breeder will be defined as anyone breeds animals for the purpose of compensation. People may breed animals, but will need to register and pay for a license. This will allow for inspections and ensure all city codes related to health, welfare and sanitation are met. Even if you do it only once, if you sell the puppies, you are a breeder. If you keep the puppies or give them away, then you are not required to have a license. The vote was 8-yes & 4-no
Kenton - proposed an ordinance that would target “pit bulls” and rottweilers. The Kenton mayor and board of aldermen unanimously approved the first reading on Tuesday (05/03/44) night. Three readings are required to approve the proposal as law.
HB2116 - A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to standards of care for dogs and cats; creating an offense.
HCR 173 - to fix HB1451 has been adopted by the house of representatives and the senate and is being prepared for enrollment
IN OTHER COUNTRIES – OF INTEREST !!!
Montreal - Borough of Rivi¨re-des-Prairies - Pointe-aux-Trembles - intends to adopt new regulations to prevent attacks by dangerous or potentially dangerous dogs. "The muzzle will be mandatory for pitbulls, crosses of pitbull dogs and potentially dangerous dogs". Borough Council meeting is June 7.
Shanghai - new regulation strictly forbids abusing or abandoning dogs. Breeds, such as Rottweiler, German Shepherds and several types of mastiffs and bulldogs are also banned under the new regulation. Potent against individuals raising dogs in Shanghai directory: 1, the Tibetan Mastiff (Tibetan Mastiff), Mastiff (Mastiff), Rottweiler (Rottweiler), Italy twisted Boli Dayton (Neopolitan Mastiff, Italian Mastiff alias Napoleon Mastiff), Bordeaux Mastiff (Dogue de Bordeaux, French Mastiff alias), Bull Mastiff (Bull Mastiff), the Spanish Mastiff (Spanish Mastiff), Caucasian dogs (Caucasian Vcharka), Pyrenean Mastiff (Pyrenean Mastiff), Brazil Rockefeller (Fila Braziliero , alias the Brazilian Mastiff Brazilian Mastiff), Dogo Argentina Mastiff (Argentinean Dogo Mastiff), ????? horse mastiff (Danish Broholmer) and other Mastiff Mastiff descent, and hybridization with dogs; 2, France Dog (Beauceron Wolfdog), Kunming Dog (Kunming wolfdog, alias China Dog), German Shepherd Dog (German Shepherd Dog) Dog and a Dog descent such as hybrid dogs; 3, the British Bulldog (English Bulldog), the old British Bulldog (Old English Bulldog), American Bulldogs (American Bulldog), Tosa (Japanese Tosa), Bull Terrier (Bull Terrier), Germany, Doberman (German Doberman ) and other dogs and has the potent hybrid dog breed ancestry.
Port of Spain - If you wish to own a dangerous dog, you will have to face heavy restrictions, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said as he promised to bring a new dangerous dogs bill either before the end of this parliamentary session (by June 13) or at the start of the new session.