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Missouri Committee to Consider Prohibiting BSL on Tuesday!

(Friday, March 07, 2014)

The Missouri Senate General Laws Committee will consider a bill on Tuesday, March 11, that seeks to protect the rights of responsible dog owners in Missouri by prohibiting municipalities from enacting breed-specific policies. Any existing breed-specific policies, laws and regulations – including those in home rule municipalities – would be voided.

Municipalities would still be permitted to protect public health and safety by enacting other policies (including policies for at-large dogs), so long as these laws do not target specific breeds.

This bill is virtually identical to House Bill 1116, which has passed one committee and is pending in the House Rules Committee.

Talking Points:
The AKC supports Senate Bill 865, which protects the rights of dog owners while still allowing communities to enact dangerous dog laws that hold all owners accountable. Fifteen states currently have laws that prohibit breed-specific legislation.
Read AKC talking points on breed-specific legislation
Read AKC Issue Analysis "Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn't Work"
View AKC’s Position Statement: “Dangerous Dog” Control Legislation

What You Can Do:

  • Attend the March 11 Senate General Laws Committee hearing and ask them to support Senate Bill 865. The hearing details are as follows:

    Senate General Laws Committee hearing
    Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    3:00 pm
    Missouri Senate Committee Room 1
  • Contact the members of the Senate General Laws Committee and express your support for Senate Bill 865:

    Brian Nieves , Chairman (District 26)
    Phone:(573) 751-3678
    Fax: (573) 526-2609
    Brian.Nieves@senate.mo.gov
    E-Mail form

    Rob Schaaf, Vice-Chairman (District 34)
    Phone: (573) 751-2183
    Toll-free in Missouri: 855-663-3883
    E-mail form

    Doug Libla (District 25)
    Phone: (573) 751-4843
    E-mail form

    Gary Romine (District 3)
    Phone: (573) 751-4008
    E-mail form

    Ryan Silvey (District 17)
    Phone: (573) 751-5282
    Ryan.Silvey@senate.mo.gov

    Jason Holsman (District 7)
    (573) 751-6607
    No e-mail provided

    Jamilah Nasheed (District 5)
    Phone: (573) 751-4415
    Jamilah.Nasheed@senate.mo.gov
AKC Government Relations will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide more information as it becomes available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.