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Dog owners in Florida are urged to take action in support of a bill that would remove an exemption under current state law that allows local breed specific ordinances enacted prior to October 1, 1990 to remain in force.

This provision is included in CS 1/HB 721 , a bill that seeks to allow a public housing authority to adopt a rule or policy regarding restrictions or requirements for dangerous dogs, provided that no such rule or policy is specific to breed.

If passed, CS 1/HB 721 would overturn remaining breed-specific local laws in Florida that ban “pit bulls,” including American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and “any other dog that substantially conforms to any of these breeds’ characteristics.”  CS 1/HB 721 passed in its first subcommittee, and is now assigned to House Regulatory Reform Subcommittee.

What you can do:

First, contact Rep. Bob Rommel, Chair of the House Regulatory Reform Subcommittee, and respectfully request that CS 1/HB 721 be heard and advanced.  Click here to send a message to Rep. Rommel.

Next, contact subcommittee members and respectfully ask them to advance CS 1/HB 721.  (Please scroll down for additional information on how to send online messages.)

Rep. Bob Rommel, Chair (see above)

Rep. Mike Giallombardo

Rep. Anna Eskamani

Rep. Mike Beltran

Rep. Dan Daley

Rep. Joy Goff-Marcil

Rep. Tommy Gregory

Rep. Michael Grieco

Rep. Joe Harding

Rep. Randall Maggard

Rep. Amber Mariano

Rep. Fiona McFarland

Rep. Angela Nixon

Rep. Anika Omphroy

Rep. Tobin Overdorf

Rep. Scott Plakon

Rep. William Robinson

Rep. Jackie Toledo

Please note:  If your email message does not go through or if you prefer to communicate with subcommittee members online, you can click here, then click a member’s name to access that member’s individual webpage.  Click on “Contact Member” (look under their photo) to open an online messaging form.

Please click here for resources on Breed Specific/Dangerous Dog Laws.

For additional information, please contact AKC Government Relations at