UTAH: HB97 passes in committee; Advances to Senate floor

Exciting things happening in Utah!

Bless the Bullys

On March 5, the Utah Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee passed House Bill 97 , the bill that would prohibit cities and towns from passing breed specific ordinances and repeal those already in place. 

HB 97 specifically states:

Section 2. Section 18-2-1 is enacted to read:
Regulation of dogs by a municipality.
1) A municipality may not adopt or enforce a breed-specific rule, regulation, policy, orordinance regarding dogs.
(2) Any breed-specific rule, regulation, policy, or ordinance regarding dogs is void.

Representative Brian King, the sponsor of HB97, advised his fellow Representatives during the bill’s House hearing that it was bad policy for municipalities to restrict dog breeds because breed specific laws fail to reduce the number of dog attacks and/or dangerous dogs in any given area and, further, that no one breed of dog was any more aggressive than another.  He argued that there is an interest…

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