DE HB13 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-1)
Status: Passed on June 2 2017 - 100% progression
Action: 2017-06-02 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [HTML]


This bill provides Statewide consistency in the law that protects the public from dangerous dogs and clarifies that dogs may not be held potentially dangerous or dangerous for animal control enforcement or for purposes of criminal liability based solely on breed-specific criteria. Findings to deem a dog dangerous will be based on actions of the dog, or an individualized demonstration of vicious behavior. It also prohibits municipalities from enacting breed-specific ordinances or regulations. The bill deletes outdated references to the now-defunct Dog Control Panel and replaces them with reference to the Justice of the Peace Court procedure laid out in Chapter 30F of Title 16.

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An Act To Amend Titles 11, 16, And 22 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Dogs.


Roll Calls

2017-04-27 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 16 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2017-03-23 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 30 N: 10 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2017-03-21 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 25 N: 12 NV: 1 Abs: 3) [FAIL]


2017-06-02 Signed by Governor
2017-04-27 Passed By Senate. Votes: 16 YES 4 NO 1 ABSENT
2017-04-26 Reported Out of Committee (Health, Children & Social Services) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
2017-03-28 Assigned to Health, Children & Social Services Committee in Senate
2017-03-23 Passed By House. Votes: 30 YES 10 NO 1 ABSENT
2017-03-23 Amendment HA 1 to HB 13 - Defeated By House. Votes: 16 YES 24 NO 1 ABSENT
2017-03-23 Amendment HA 1 to HB 13 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2017-03-23 Roll Call Rescinded in House
2017-03-23 Restored in House
2017-03-21 Defeated By House. Votes: 25 YES 12 NO 1 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT
2017-03-15 Reported Out of Committee (Health & Human Development) in House with 9 On Its Merits
2016-12-15 Introduced and Assigned to Health & Human Development Committee in House

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