Maryland Senate Approves Compromise Bill on Liability for Puppy Bites

By Nick Tabor | April 4, 2014

The Maryland Senate has accepted a compromise bill on liability for dog bites.

The Residence has currently passed the bill, so it will go to the governor’s office for a signature.

The bill would hold canine owners liable for biting “innocent victims” unless of course they could demonstrate they had no way to know their canines had been hazardous. It also overturns a 2012 court selection designating pit bulls as “inherently harmful.”

The Residence and Senate reached a basic agreement a month in the past, but both chambers had to approve the exact same particular bill to make it law.

Maryland Sen. Delores G. Kelley, D-Baltimore County, was alone in voting towards the bill Wednesday. She stated she was bitten by a puppy as a youngster and thinks the bill puts a burden on victims.

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