SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker wants to limit cities and towns from restricting specific dog breeds within their limits.
Salt Lake City Democratic Rep. Brian King says the local restrictions are based on an assumption that some breeds are more aggressive than others.
He says the restrictions stigmatize certain breeds and makes it less likely those dogs will be adopted.
The House Political Subdivisions Committee approved the bill on a 6-5 vote this week. The proposal now awaits a vote by the full House.
Some lawmakers say they're reluctant to support the bill because they don't want to tell cities they can't pass certain ordinances.
South Jordan city officials told lawmakers they restrict breeds like pit bulls because they have a stronger bite.
HB 97: http://1.usa.gov/1eUhxSg