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South Dakota Residents: Your Support Needed for Bill Prohibiting BSL to be considered tomorrow, February 27!

(Wednesday, February 26, 2014)

AKC Government Relations has just learned that South Dakota Senate Bill 75, which seeks to prohibit local governments from enacting, maintaining, or enforcing regulations on certain dog breeds, will be considered by the South Dakota House Local Government Committee tomorrow, Thursday, February 27. It is imperative that all concerned South Dakota residents contact the committee members, listed below, and urge their support of this important, non-discriminatory legislation.

BILL SYNOPSIS: SB 75 prohibits local governments from enacting, maintaining, or enforcing regulations on certain dog breeds or perceived breeds of dogs. It originated in the Senate Local Government Committee, which passed it on January 31, 2014. The full Senate passed SB 75 on February 4. Reports suggest that the bill faces a much tougher challenge in the House because of opposition by local government stakeholders who wish to continue to be permitted to impose breed-specific restrictions in their municipalities. Such a challenge makes it imperative for concerned South Dakota residents to urge their legislators to support the bill.

AKC’S POSITION: The American Kennel Club strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs. We support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measureable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: South Dakota residents are urged to contact the members of the House Local Government Committee, and express support of Senate Bill 75’s non-discriminatory policies. Click here for talking points that support SB 75’s prohibition against local breed-specific regulation.

South Dakota House Local Government Committee

State Representative Tim Rounds, Chair (bill sponsor)
Click here to email Chairman Rounds.

State Representative Tona Rozum, Vice Chair
Click here to email Vice Chairwoman Rozum.

State Representative Scott Craig
Click here to email State Representative Craig.

State Representative Anne Hajek
Click here to email State Representative Hajek.

State Representative Leslie Heinemann
Click here to email State Representative Heinemann.

State Representative Troy Heinert
Click here to email State Representative Heinert.

State Representative Isaac Latterell
Click here to email State Representative Latterell.

State Representative Stace Nelson
Click here to email State Representative Nelson.

State Representative Betty Olson (bill sponsor)
Click here to email State Representative Olson.

State Representative Herman Otten
Click here to email State Representative Otten.

State Representative Karen Soli
Click here to email State Representative Soli.

State Representative Burt Tulson (bill sponsor)
Click here to email State Representative Tulson.

State Representative Kathy Tyler
Click here to email State Representative Tyler.

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email doglaw@akc.org.