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Oklahoma senator drops bill that would have allowed cities to ban certain dogs

The Enid senator who filed the bill says he is not pursuing the issue because it drew too much opposition. The bill would have allowed cities to ban any breed of dog.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: January 26, 2013
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“If we pass a breed law and we ban a certain breed of dogs, it just gives rise to a next breed of dogs that people decide to abuse and do the same thing that they've done with pit bulls, dobermans and rottweilers and such.”

Anderson said he filed Senate Bill 32 because he thought cities should have the right to restrict certain breeds if they determine them to be a threat. Legislators convene Feb. 4 for the first session of the 54th Oklahoma Legislature.

He said opposition to his measure could have been a distraction to more important issues, such as changing the workers' compensation system, additional funding for public schools, the overcrowding and understaffing of the state's prisons and increasing pay for state troopers.

“There's no reason to fill the halls with people angry about a dog issue that is not a high priority issue,” he said.

Anderson said he doesn't plan to pursue the matter in an interim study later.

“I'm done with the issue,” he said.


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