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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Breed Specific Legislation Committee Hearing...


Due to the icy road conditions, the committee meeting has been postponed to Tuesday, February 21, 2006.


Per Joan Morrison:

The current status of the bill(s) is: All the Senate bills are dead in
committee - they will not be heard. Paul Wesselhoft's only bill to be heard is his "compromise" or "preventative measures" bill which will be heard in committee Tuesday at noon in room 432A.


Tomorrow, February 20, 2005, Paul Wesselhoft’s bill concerning breed specific legislation will be in committee at the state capitol.

I have received an e-mail this morning asking those who oppose breed specific legislation to please come and show their support.

Joan Morrison, the Treasurer of the Endangered Breeds Association, has been tracking events at the capitol and has also hired a lobbyist to represent dog owners that would be detrimentally affected by Wesselhoft’s proposals.

If you are a dog owner and could show up tomorrow at the state capitol, I know that your support would be very much welcomed. As I have stated before, breed specific legislation will not solve Oklahoma's dog bite problems.

Irresponsible pet owners will simply ‘change breeds’, therefore rendering breed specific legislation useless. Requiring responsible pet ownership is the only logical and long-term solution that will effectively address the problems that are associated with dog bite injuries and fatalities within our state.

Joan Morrison’s e-mail:

Our bill and Wesselhoft's bill (his compromise or preventative measure bill) will be in committee Monday at 1:30 p.m. in room 412 or 432. Our lobbyist said they probably will move it to room 432 because it is larger.

PLEASE, PLEASE, any and all of you who can - and bring your friends - try to attend. The lobbyist said it would be good to have some supporters there. I'd like to see as many of you as possible show up - I know some of you will have to take off work, but let's try and do it for the dogs. And some of you likely will have to stand during the meeting.
It's not a sure thing yet, but hopefully, the committee will hear our bill before Wesselhoft's - that's the hoped-for plan.

If you could be at the capitol by 12:30, it will be good. I will be there at 10 a.m. to meet with the bill authors. If any of you can be there around 11:30, it will be good and we can pass out the packets the lobbyist has made up. We also will be presenting the signed petitions at the 10 a.m. meeting.

Please send me an email if you will be coming.

Joan Morrison

I know that this is an emotionally charged issue, but it is at this time that emotions must be curbed and intellectual reason must be allowed to dominate.


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