Amendment Standoff Killed Pit Bull Bill

"The House said take our amendments or nothing," said Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller.

A standoff over amendments to a bill meant to overturn a Court of Appeals decision that ruled pit bulls an inherently dangerous breed ultimately spelled doom for the legislation.

"What happened was we passed it in the Senate and they passed it in the House and again what they said was 'Take it or leave it,'" said Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller following the close of the early Wednesday morning.

Miller said Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat and lead sponsor on the Senate version of the bill, attempted to work out a compromise with the House of Delegates.

"The House said take out amendments or nothing," Miller said.

And so it was nothing.

There still could be hope for pit bull owners.

The Court of Appeals is scheduled Thursday to take up a reconsideration of the order that started this issue.

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Buck Harmon August 20, 2012 at 06:38 PM
BreederII, I have no problem at all with holding the owner of any dog that harms someone accountable... the problem comes from singling out one perceived breed, in this case the Pit Bull. Any law that is made should be applied equally to all breeds and all owners. To single out one breed is in my opinion discriminatory and therefore very bad law that will be difficult to enforce fairly. If you encourage discrimination, I would have to ask that you never run for office and also that you re think your position here....it's wrong in my opinion.
Brian C. August 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
ooopssss should have said * doesnt hold all dogs to the same standard.*
BreederIII August 21, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Buck. So. Now that you have said that you think all owners should be held accountable (a good opinion in my opinion), you should apologize to the State Senate. The Senate passed a bill in Special Session to do just that. Why you criticized the legislature is beyond me. The Court? Yes. The House of Delegates? Yes. But if you did your homework instead of spouting off about leadership, you would know that the Senate of Maryland passed the very bill you say you support. The House of Delegates decided not to go along.
BreederIII August 21, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Don't you think you owe it to the blog reading public to be correct before you spout off opinions, Buck. The Senate voted to overturn the breed specific law created by the Court. The Senate voted to make sure innocent victims of all bites were protected under the law. The Senate did exactly the right thing.
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