A South Dakota panel has advanced a bill to keep cities from passing policies that target specific dog breeds.
The debate on Thursday lasted over an hour, pitting property rights against local control.
The House Local Government Committee voted 10-3 to approve the bill. It has already been approved by the Senate.
Supporters say owners, not specific dogs, are responsible for dog attacks. They say law enforcement would struggle to identify specific breeds. They say owners have a right to choose their dog's breed.
Opponents say many municipalities have policies on specific breeds and the issue should be handled locally. Others say insurance companies set policies against specific breeds and will continue to do so.
Legislators mingled after the hearing sharing stories about their own dogs.
Most Popular Today
Sanford And First PREMIER Bank Hosting Concert For Employees
- 2.Livestock, Meetings & Events
Cattle Spooked By LifeLight Noise
Rosholt Ethanol Plant Operating After 18 Months
- 4.Your Money Matters
- 5.Your Money Matters
Help For Money Troubles
- 6.Health Care
SD, Other States Settle Lawsuit Against Omnicare
Downtown Development: Pedestrian Mall To Road Diet
Sioux Falls Ranked High For Job Seekers Over 50
Friday Morning Business Brief
Friday Afternoon Business Brief