HB 2381 Dangerous dogs; clarifies definition, etc.
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Summary as passed House: (all summaries)

Dangerous dogs. Removes the requirement that a law-enforcement officer or animal control officer apply for a summons requiring a dog owner to appear before a general district court when the officer has reason to believe that the dog is dangerous. In the case of a dog that has bitten a cat or dog, the bill requires investigation by an officer for certain exemptions from the definition of "dangerous dog" to apply and removes an exemption for good cause as determined by a court. In the case of a dog that has bitten a person, the bill creates an exemption when an investigating officer finds that the injury is minor. The bill allows a court to use good cause as a reason to determine that a dog is not dangerous. The bill also reduces from 45 days to 30 days the period within which (i) an owner of a dog found to be dangerous is required to obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate and (ii) a convicted owner of a dangerous dog is required to comply with certain provisions. The bill contains technical amendments.

Full text:
01/17/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103592D  pdf | impact statement
02/03/17  House: Printed as engrossed 17103592D-E  pdf | impact statement
02/24/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2381ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/13/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0396)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments

Status:
01/17/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103592D
01/17/17  House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/23/17  House: Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/30/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (7-Y 0-N)
02/01/17  House: Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment (21-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  House: Read first time
02/03/17  House: Read second time
02/03/17  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/03/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB2381E
02/03/17  House: Printed as engrossed 17103592D-E
02/06/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/06/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/16/17  Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/17  Senate: Read third time
02/21/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/17  House: Enrolled
02/24/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2381ER)
02/24/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/24/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/28/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/28/17
02/28/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 396 (effective 7/1/17)
03/13/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0396)