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Compromise Measure Passed On Dog-Bite Liability

March 14th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland House has joined the Senate in passing a compromise measure on dog-bite liability. The House passed Del. Luiz Simmons' bill unanimously on Wednesday. The Senate passed a parallel bill from Sen. Brian Frosh last month. Now one chamber must adopt the other's bill before it can go to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley for a signature. The measure would hold dog owners liable for biting "innocent victims" unless they could prove they had no way to know their dogs were dangerous. It also overturns a 2012 court decision that designated pit bulls as "inherently dangerous." Both chambers passed an amendment to hold the owner liable anytime a dog bites someone while it's running at large, unless the person was trespassing or provoking the dog. Delegate Kevin Kelly said there are a number of issues to consider, including how homeowners insurance may be impacted…


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