Bill targets dog breed restrictions in public housing

April 23, 2021Updated April 23, 2021 2:12 PM

A new bill is going through Texas law that could benefit tenants who own certain breeds of dogs.

Texas House Bill 3798, proposed by Rep. Ina Minjarez, D-San Antonio, would require all Texas public housing authorities to follow local regulations and prevent renters from bringing certain breeds of dogs.

This move would protect dog owners from racial discrimination when looking for a new home. “It is important for most Texans to have accommodation with pets that they can be at home in, but unfortunately there is not enough accommodation for renters.” Minjarez wrote in a Facebook post.

If the bill is passed, the new rules would go into effect on September 1, 2021, though they could go into effect immediately with a two-thirds majority in both the Texas House and Senate.

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