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Maryland House Session Begins With Pit Bull Bill




    The House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to a dog-bite liability measure.

    The House gave the initial approval to the bill on Tuesday during a special session focusing on a measure to expand gambling.

    Maryland House Considers Gambling Expansion

    [DC] Maryland House Considers Gambling Expansion
    The Maryland House of Delegates is considering legislation to expand gambling in the state in special session. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012)

    The House has made some changes to a dog-bite bill approved last week by the Senate.

    One of the biggest changes narrows strict liability standards to the owner of a dog that is at large, or not on a leash. The Senate passed a bill last week creating a strict liability standard for owners of all dogs.

    Lawmakers are considering the measure in response to an April decision by Maryland's highest court that created a strict liability standard for pit bull owners: the court found those dogs to be “inherently dangerous.”