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Misc. Topics => Legislation and News => Topic started by: Bruins_Boxer on February 04, 2009, 08:23:55 AM

Title: Maryland
Post by: Bruins_Boxer on February 04, 2009, 08:23:55 AM
Please visit to read about Maryland SB
318.  Take action today.  This bill would impact dog show
participants, hobbyists, and  handlers; law enforcement dog breeders,
and service dog breeders.

Please do THREE things TODAY:
1.  Contact the sponsors (info below)
2.  Plan to attend and/or testify against SB 318 on February 18, 1pm
3.  Tell anyone who would be impacted by SB 318 to do the same (Crossposting permitted)
And drop a line to the maryland dog federation at  We want to hear from you, especially
if you're planning to testify. 

SB 318 could impose unrealistic and unnecessary space and exercise
requirements on anyone "with custody of" ten or more intact dogs over
4 months of age.

Anyone with "custody" of more than 10 "breeding" dogs older than four
months of age would be subject to restrictions concerning
And mandates a minimum amount of time the dog must spend outside
the enclosure being walked(2 hours a day)

Maryland Dog Federation strongly endorses your right to own, keep and
breed dogs in a responsible and humane manner. We believe that
responsible dog ownership is compatible with most living
arrangements.   Many Maryland residents are deeply committed to their
dogs and the many sports of dogs, including conformation, and
obedience, agility, and many other wholesome activities that can be
shared among generations.  All-breed dog shows generate millions of
dollars in entertainment revenue in the state.  The Maryland Dog
Federation strongly opposes SB 318 bill on the following grounds:

There is no exemption for people who show their dogs or participate
in other dog sports, which require dogs to remain intact in order to compete.
It would not be unusual for a show breeder to have 10 intact dogs
over four months of age; for example, a couple of adult dogs and a
litter of puppies that have not yet gone to new homes.
Not only are there no exemptions for the hobby breeder, the law
specifically exempts PET STORES and PUPPY STORES!
Passage of this bill would also affect breeders of law
enforcement dogs, guide dogs, and service dogs.  Because the aptitude
for work is not evident until they are older, future generations of
these dogs could be wiped out if they are required to be sterilized
at 4 months in order to remain where they are.
Simply having intact dogs doesn't mean they are breeding dogs.
Many breeds of dogs simply do not have the exercise requirements
mandated in SB 318. 
The MDF believes the sponsor of this bill IS open to alternatives;
her objective is to eliminate true "puppy mills", not legitimate breeders.

However, we DO need to stop this bill on February 18th.  Please send
thoughtful, polite, but firm message to the bill's sponsors today:
Lisa Gladden (D-41, Balt City, also co-chair of Judicial Proceedings
Miller Senate Office Bldg
2 East Wing
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3697
(301)  858-3697
Fax (410) 841-3142  (301) 858-3142
George Della, Jr. (D-46, Balt City)
James Senate Office Bldg Rm 201
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3600
(301) 858-3600
Fax (410) 841-3161  (301) 858-3161
Richard Madaleno Jr. (D-10 Mont)
James Senate Office Bldg Rm 203
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3137
(301)  858-3137
Fax (410) 841-3676  (301) 858-3676
Norman Stone (D-6, Balt County also, member of Judicial Proceedings
James Senate Office Bldg Rm 216
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3587
(301) 858-3587
Fax (410) 841-3218  (301) 858-3218
The bill will be heard by the Judicial Proceedings committee on 2/18
at 1pm.  Contact information for committee members
The contact info for the additional committee members will be posted
here tomorrow.
Chair, Brian Frosh
Vice Chair, Lisa Gladden
James Brochin
Jennie Forehand
Larry Haines
Nancy Jacobs
Alexander Mooney
C. Anthony Muse
Jamie Raskin
Bryan Simonaire
Norman Stone, Jr.
Committee Staff:     Susan Russell  Shirleen Pilgrim     
                    (410) 946-5510 / (301) 970-5510
Assistant to Chair:   Lynn Hudson
Title: Re: Maryland
Post by: Bruins_Boxer on March 02, 2009, 03:01:22 PM
GOOD NEWS FOR MARYLAND!!!!!!  All of our hard work paid off and SB 318 is officially dead for 2009!!!  The bill received an UNFAVORABLE RECOMMENDATION by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee!  This means that even if HB 495 were to pass, it does not matter as you need a yes vote to both for it to go any further!!! 
 :partybanana: :partybanana: :partybanana:
Title: Re: Maryland
Post by: blynn03 on March 02, 2009, 03:39:44 PM
Good for Maryland!!   :cheerleader: :thewave: :cheerleader:
Title: Re: Maryland
Post by: BranwenBoxers on March 03, 2009, 02:19:59 PM
 :partybanana: :partybanana: :partybanana: :partybanana:

Thats good to hear  :2thumbsup:
Title: Re: Maryland
Post by: Bruins_Boxer on June 03, 2009, 10:26:21 AM
I found out last week that a new version of this bill is in the works and will be presented in the next session .  :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: Maryland
Post by: BoxerPerson on June 03, 2009, 10:41:09 AM
Well for Pete's Sake don't they (MAryland's legislature) have better things to worry about?  Sheesh!
Title: Re: Maryland
Post by: Newcastle on June 03, 2009, 10:51:36 AM
These bills will be presented and re-presented every year until either they pass or the H$U$ runs out of money.  The mandatory sterilization bill (last year's AB1634) is back in California and just passed the Senate at the eleventh hour; the AR fanatics have introduced their legislation in 34 states this year.