Today was a big day for HB 997 and SB 1322 in Florida.
The bill essentially removes the grandfather clause in Florida's ban on breed-specific legislation which allows Miami-Dade's ban (which existed prior to Florida's BSL ban) to exist.
Today, HB 997 (the House version of the bill) was recommended for passaged by the Community and Military Affairs Subcommittee by a vote of 13-1 (with 1 missing the vote). Last week, the bill was recommended by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee 14-0 (1 absent).
The bill is now slated to be heard in the State Affairs Committee.
Meanwhile, the Senate Companion bill was recomended today by the Government Oversight and Accountability committee by a vote of 9-2. It has previously been recommended by the Community Affairs committee by a vote of 7-0.
This bill will be heard soon in the Budget Committee.
This is obviously great news for the potential repeal of BSL in Miami-Dade. It does sound like there has become some opposition to the bill from the mayor and council Miami-Dade, but otherwise there has been little to no support. There is still a fair amount of work to do here, because even if the bill makes it out of the next two committees it still has to be heard and voted on by both legislatures. However, the optimistic part here (well, beyond the fact that it is getting passed), is that it is winning by such overwhelming margins. That's a good sign.