Four dog bite law bills are pending before House committees. All four bills need to be passed in order to protect Tennessee children and seniors from dangerous dogs and their equally dangerous owners. If you are a resident, your lawmaker needs to hear from you right away. Follow the three easy steps on the Tennessee page of Dog Bite Law.You will breathe easier after you do, because these bills will be passed with your help.
All four of the bills have been passing committee after committee, but still have to clear the committees of the House that are specified below:
HB 106 (Increases punishment for the offense of owning a dog running at large) — Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: House Judiciary Committee. Placed on cal. Judiciary Committee for 04/25/2007
107 (Enhances the punishment for the offense of dog running at large if the dog was trained to fight, attack or kill) — Recommended for passage – refer to: House Finance, Ways & Means Committee. Placed behind the budget.
108 (Imposes near-strict liability upon owner of a dog that causes injury to another) — Recommended for passage – refer to: House Judiciary Committee. Placed on cal. Judiciary Committee for 04/25/2007
548 (Spectator at illegal dog fight to receive increased punishment) — Recommended for passage – refer to: Calendar & Rules Committee. Placed on cal. House Calendar & Rules Committee for 04/24/2007