BSL S. 969

Update: Great news! The Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government sent this bill to study, so it is not likely to make further progress this legislative session

The Mayor of Boston put forth statewide legislation to return to breed-discriminatory legislation (BDL) in his priority package of bills that was released in January. The bill is being spearheaded by Councilor Rob Consalvo of Boston, though has been filed in the state legislature by State Senator Michael Rush.  Rep. Carlo Basile (D-East Boston) is a co-sponsor, too.

 

Please contact both your state senator and state representative and ask them NOT to support S. 969.  The bill, text below, would allow cities and towns to enact ineffective breed-discriminatory legislation, which focuses on preventing dog bites based on how certain dogs look, not how they act. Even though it was initiated by Boston, the bill would allow BDL anywhere in the state.

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S. 969, An Act relative to Dangerous Dogs in Cities and Towns

 

SECTION 1. Subsection a of section 157 of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as appearing in section 31 of chapter 193 of the acts of 2012, is hereby amended by inserting in the first paragraph, after the world “dog”, in clause ii, the following:-

 

Unless municipal attack data indicates a specific breed may be deemed dangerous.

 

SECTION 2. Subsection c of section 157, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting in the last paragraph, after the word “breed”, the following:-

 

Unless a city or town deems a specific breed to be deemed dangerous through analysis of municipal attack data and by a majority vote of the city council with the approval of the mayor, in the case of a city with a Plan A, Plan B, or Plan F charter; by a majority vote of the city council, in the case of a city with a Plan C, Plan D, or Plan E charter; by a majority vote of the annual town meeting or a special meeting called for the purpose, in the case of a municipality with a town meeting form of government; or by a majority vote of the town council, in the case of a municipality with a town council form of government.

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