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Missouri Senate To Consider Prohibiting BSL on MONDAY (April 28)

(Friday, April 25, 2014)

Missouri Senate To Consider Prohibiting BSL on MONDAY (April 28)

April 25, 2014

The Missouri Senate has just scheduled floor debate for the Senate version of the bill to prohibit Missouri counties and municipalities from enacting breed-specific legislation. All current breed-specific ordinances in the state would also be voided.

Those who reside or participate in dog events in Missouri are strongly encouraged to contact the Missouri Senate and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 865.

Use the Missouri State Senate's "Legislator Lookup" link to enter your zip code and find the name and contact information for your State Representative. Contact information for the full Missouri State Senate may be found here.

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 (BSL), and two additional states have already passed legislation this year to enact similar prohibitions on BSL.

This bill is virtually identical to House Bill 1116, which is pending on the House floor.

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

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.

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