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Legislature passes bill banning city dog-breed ordinances

Published: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 7:59 a.m. MDT

Cities and counties would no longer be able to ban specific dog breeds under a bill the Utah Legislature passed Thursday. (Shutterstock) Cities and counties would no longer be able to ban specific dog breeds under a bill the Utah Legislature passed Thursday. (Shutterstock)

SALT LAKE CITY — Cities and counties would no longer be able to ban specific dog breeds under a bill the Utah Legislature passed Thursday.

Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, the sponsor of HB97, said 10 municipalities in the state have breed-banning ordinances aimed at pit bulls. Debate in the House, where it passed 41-30, centered on balance between local control and individual rights.

Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, called such laws a form of “animal bigotry and profiling" during debate in the Senate, which passed it 26-2.

“Finally, we’re having a statewide nondiscrimination and I vote yes,” said Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, a reference to a proposed law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing and employment that legislative leaders declined to consider this year.

HB97 now goes to the governor for consideration.

— Dennis Romboy

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