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Love-A-Bull Pit Bull Meetup Message Board › Breed Specific Legislation in Texas?

Breed Specific Legislation in Texas?

A former member
Post #: 5
Hi y'all,

I found this site that says localities are prohibited from passing BSL. Has anyone heard of this?


Sarah Simons
Melonie M.
Austin, TX
Post #: 14
Yes! The whole state of texas prohibits any kind of breed specific law. That's why Sen. Edwards has proposed a nwe bill to change that law. See below..........Everyone must write letters to stop this!!!!!!!!

Texas HB 1096 BSL - from RPOA
Please cross post and forward.

HB 1096 will exempt the city of Houston from the current state law
prohibiting Breed Specific Legislation in Texas!

Representative Al Edwards has told RPOA that he wants to pass Breed Specific
Legislation regarding Rottweilers and so-called “Pit Bulls” in the city of
Houston. Since existing Texas law prohibits this, Edwards said he wants to
exempt Houston from the existing law. He has ignored RPOA and AKC letters
of opposition and phone calls and filed HB 1096 in spite of our protests.

Edwards stated to the media that he hopes his bill will be amended to
include the entire state. At the present time, it only applies to a
municipality with a population of 1.9 million or more. This will include
San Antonio (population 1.4 million now) in the not-too-distant future.

Edwards’ bill is cleverly written and the significance of it is easily
overlooked if you don’t reference current state law. HB 1096 establishes
Subchapter F. Regulation of Dogs in Certain Municipalities.
MUNICIPALITY SUBJECT TO THIS CHAPTER. Subchapter D is where current law
prohibits Breed Specific Legislation being passed in Texas municipalities.
This is confusing but read it carefully.

HB 1096 clears the way to pass BSL in Texas. One more time: Houston will
not be subject to our state law prohibiting BSL in municipalities if this
law passes. Houston could ban or restrict ownership of certain dog breeds.
To read the entire bill, go to:­ and type in
the bill number. Information on all the committee members is on the web
site also. You may have to go to the web site to send emails directly to
legislators. CONTACT ALL OF THEM!

The president of the American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS) has
stated that the rate of passing for the “Pit Bull Breeds” is slightly better
than the national average for all breeds tested. He further states ATTS has
tested over 190 different breeds. Unfortunately the media is not interested
in good dogs.

Breed Specific Legislation is opposed by the American Veterinary Medical
Association, Humane Society of the United States, American Kennel Club,
American Dog Owners Association, National Animal Interest Alliance, American
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA),United Kennel Club,
and other national organizations.

HB 1096 requires ALL dog owners to meet the requirements of a secured
enclosure without regard to whether the dog was dangerous. If serious
bodily injury or death occurs, it becomes a felony. ALL other offenses
under Chapter 822 are misdemeanors! There is no Hearing Requirement. It
would prohibit the use (or training) of agility dogs, herding dogs, and many
American Kennel Club outdoor performance events. And NO, we don’t want an
exemption. We want this bill KILLED!

HB 1096 passed the Urban Affairs Committee unanimously and is now in the
Calendars Committee. This is a powerful committee which schedules bills to
be heard on the House Floor. We must bombard them with phone calls, faxes
and e-mails OPPOSING this bill. Since the chairman and four other committee
members have Houston offices, our work is cut out for us. We must convince
the committee that there is no such breed as “pit bull” and these laws
unfairly discriminate against responsible pet owners of many breeds. Punish
the deed, not the breed. AKC and RPOA oppose all breed specific laws. A
Richardson, TX, breed specific law was overturned in 1988 which led to our
existing state law prohibiting BSL. We don’t want history repeating itself.
[Illinois now has a bill filed affecting 10 breeds of dogs!]

Bill Author:
Rep. Al Edwards
(Has Houston district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0518
Fax: (512) 463-7968

All addresses are: PO Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768
Committee on Calendars
Clerk: Amy Ehlert, Phone: (512) 463-0758, Room: EXT E2.1010

Chairman: Rep. Beverly Woolley
(Website states: “works closely with elected officials in Houston/Harris
Has Houston district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0696
Fax: (512) 463-9333

Vice-Chair: Rep. Gene Seaman
(Has Corpus Christi district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0672
Fax: (512) 463-3509

Rep. Bill Callegari
(Has Houston district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0528
Fax: (512) 463-7820

Rep. Gary Elkins
(Has Houston district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0722
Fax: (512) 472-5610

Rep. Lois W. Lolkhorst
(Has Brenham district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0600
Toll Free: (866) 829-6370
Fax: (512) 463-5240

Rep. Vilma Luna
(Has Corpus Christi district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0484
Fax: (512) 463-8090

Rep. Brian McCall
(Has Plano district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0594
Fax: (512) 463-5896

Rep. Sid Miller
(Has Stephenville district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0628
Fax: (512) 463-3644

Rep. Patrick M. Rose
(Has San Marcos district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0647
Fax: (512) 473-9946

Rep. Sylvester Turner
(Has Houston district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0554
Fax: (512) 463-8380

Rep. Corbin Van Arsdale
(Has Houston district office.)
Phone: (512) 463-0661
Fax: (512) 463-4130

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