I am proud to report that I spent much of Sunday, the 15th of March, in Santa Fe. Specifically, I was in the Roundhouse with a group of likeminded souls, many of which have spent quite a few days lobbying (quite succesfully) at the Roundhouse.
As it is now, HB159, may lead to many unintended consequences for those involved with dog training and competitive dog sports (agility, obedience, schutzhund, etc.), not too mention the folks that use dogs to work livestock and/or hunt.
As it is now, the language used in this bill will create the potential for dog owner's to face animal cruelty charges in the event of their dogs are injured/killed as a result of training, competition, or work.
All said and done, the bill was not heard in committe - again. Not a bad thing. Moreover, it has become clear to several of the legislators on this committe that many citizens have serious concerns with the language in this bill.
There is power in showing-up to the Roundhouse, or any other law making venue, to voice an opinion. Indeed, Legislators take notice of this commitment, and find it refreshing and informative.