Texas committee unanimously passes bill that would end dog breed discrimination in public housing

The bill now goes to the House Calendar Committee to be debated in the House. If the bill is passed by a majority, it is forwarded to the Senate.

TEXAS, USA – A Texas legislature committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban public housing officials from racial discrimination against dogs.

Texas House Bill 3798 was passed by the House Committee of County Affairs on Wednesday.

The legislation now goes to the Texas House Calendar Committee to debate or amend in plenary. If the bill is passed by a majority, it is forwarded to the Senate.

Currently, some public housing authorities are banning certain breeds because they believe the breed makes a dog dangerous. The law drafted by MP Ina Minjarez (D-124) was passed unanimously by the committee.

“Racial discrimination is an outdated assumption, unsupported by science, that hurts families and forces them to make an unthinkable decision to separate from their pet,” said Julie Castle, CEO of the national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society .

In addition to Minjarez, the law is co-authored by Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson (R-56), Rep. Lynn Stucky (R-64) and Rep. John Turner (D-114).

HB 3798 would require housing authorities to comply with county and / or community restrictions.

“Social housing residents should not be unduly attacked by measures that circumvent existing state laws,” Castle said. “HB 3798 would give Texas citizens the treatment their families deserve and lead to happier Texan communities.”

Currently, Texas Health and Safety Code is Sec. 822,047 prohibits local governments from enacting dangerous dog laws based on breeds.

There are more than 60,000 public housing in Texas.

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