May 15, 2012
Despite apparent bipartisan support, legislation that would overturn a court ruling that calls pit bulls inherently dangerous animals doesn’t appear to have legs during this special session of the General Assembly.
But it could return, perhaps during a second special session that may be called later this summer that intends to address expanding gambling in the state.
After the Senate passed the budget package Tuesday it returned to Annapolis to complete, Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-Upper Shore, asked Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert and Prince George’s, to consider taking up one of several bills filed that would overturn the ruling.
Miller, though acknowledging his own interest in the pit bull legislation, said the special session was about finishing the budget, and that’s it.
Sen. Delores G. Kelley, D-Baltimore County, added that there were plenty of other policy bills that weren’t getting heard, so there was no one reason to take one up that involves animals.
“Laying in the House rules committee are dozens and dozens of very important policy issues that affect human beings,” Kelley said. “We’re going to have to wait to deal with that next year in a regular session and I think we should in regard to this issue also.”
Miller said the Judicial Proceedings Committee could examine the issue in the interim between sessions, perhaps setting up later action.