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Pit Bull Bill Planned for Maryland Special Session

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    A Maryland lawmaker said he expects a bill addressing a court ruling that defines pit bulls as “inherently dangerous” will be introduced in this month's special session.

    Delegate Curt Anderson, a co-chairman of a task force that has examined the ruling, said Friday that the bill will seek to remove landlord liability for dog bites. Instead, the measure will seek to put liability for bites by any type of dog on their owners.

    The Court of Appeals ruling in April makes owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes liable for dog bites. Critics of the ruling say that singles out pit bulls unfairly.

    The special session is scheduled to begin Thursday in Annapolis to focus on gambling expansion in Maryland.