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Senate to vote on pit bull bill Friday

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate is planning to vote on changing state law to respond to a court ruling that determined pit bulls are “inherently dangerous” animals.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure later Friday.

The bill addresses an April decision by Maryland’s highest court that created a breed-specific, strict-liability standard for owners of pit bulls or pit bull breeds.

Under the ruling, a pit bull owner could be liable for a dog bite without previous evidence of a dog being dangerous.

The measure creates a strict liability standard for all dogs. The bill also reverses a part of the ruling by the Maryland Court of Appeals that made landlords strictly liable for pit bull bites.