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Well in Light of the Maryland news at least there is a possible change to my commonwealth that would not allow any city or town to deem a dog dangerous just based off of breed. Not sure of existing legislation would be grandfathered in or outright removed. If you live in Massachusetts, or even if you don't, I would appreciate everyone telling the House of Reps to pass this bill. I am also glad because they are adding an amendment for Domestic Abuse. We had a case in the last year or 2 where a man held his wife by hurting their family pet, every time she tried to leave he would do something to their dog and she would go back. Legally people could not remove the pets from a joint home, even in domestic violence situation's so this is a huge step in the right direction.

Massachusetts bill would prohibit municipalities from passing BSL | Stop BSL

Massachusetts S.2184 is a bill that overhauls Massachusetts state animal laws. It includes the following clauses that would prohibit municipalities in MA from passing breed-specific laws:

New definition of "dangerous dog": provided, however, that no dog shall be deemed dangerous . . . (ii) based upon the breed of such dog.

New section 157: No city or town shall regulate dogs in a manner that is specific to breed.

You can read the full text of the proposed bill here: Bill S.2184

S2184 has been moving slowly from House to Senate, changing bill number and gathering amendments, for over a year. It was engrossed by the Senate in late March and, due to Senate amendments, it now needs approval by the House again. It has moved to a House committee for consideration. We do not not know whether the bill would be retroactive (e.g. would force MA municipalities that currently have BSL to repeal those laws).

Massachusetts residents should contact their House representatives and voice your support for Senator Jehlen's bill called "An Act Further Regulating Municipal Animal Control." Find your rep here: Find a Legislator

BILL WOULD REVISE OUTDATED ANIMAL CONTROL LAWS
By Suzanne Snell / [email protected]

Beverly, Mass. - A new bill designed to update and improve animal control practices throughout Massachusetts is pending approval from the state House of Representatives after it passed through the Senate in late March.

[...] Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville, sponsored the legislation - known as "An Act Further Regulating Municipal Animal Control" - as a way to revise animal control regulations in the state, some of which date back to the 1800s. [...]

Full article: Bill would revise outdated animal control laws - Beverly, MA - Beverly Citizen
 

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Alright its good to see other states fall in behind Oklahoma, the first state to reject BSL on the State Supreme Court level; mandating that anyone in any community faced with BSL within OKLA to bring it to the supreme court. BSL is all but dead in OKLA. A couple other states have done the same and its good to see it making sense on the East coast as well.

:goodpost: Great News!!!
 

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Alright its good to see other states fall in behind Oklahoma, the first state to reject BSL on the State Supreme Court level; mandating that anyone in any community faced with BSL within OKLA to bring it to the supreme court. BSL is all but dead in OKLA. A couple other states have done the same and its good to see it making sense on the East coast as well.

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Glad to hear it passed elsewhere in the states as well, nice! Fingers crossed.
 
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