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Dog bite liability debate revisited

Today’s debate on dog bite liability was an intense, passionate discussion about public policy, personal injury compensation, court decisions and people’s pets.

Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, Sen. Brian Frosh

Sen. Nathaniel McFadden and Sen. Brian Frosh debate Senate Bill 247 on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

Sen. Bobby Zirkin led the charge to amend Senate Bill 247 into a bill that would have a stricter liability standard while being breed-neutral and protecting landlords in the wake of a 2012 Court of Appeals decision.

But Sen. Brian E. Frosh, sponsor of the bill, managed to narrowly defeat that amendment 23-24.

Zirkin ultimately prevailed in amending the bill to include language establishing a stricter liability standard for dog owners whose dogs are “running at large.

Here is an account of the debate as recored on Twitter from the Senate floor: