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Do You Know How Your Legislators Voted on Three Key Animal Bills in 2013?


Find out how your legislators voted on animal protection bills both in committee and on the House or Senate floor. Maryland is considered a "committee-driven" state. This means that bills that receive a favorable report in committee typically pass and go on to become law. However, legislators sometimes vote against a bill that received a favorable committee report. Others may vote against an animal protection bill in committee, thinking the public won't notice, but then recognize the bill is going to pass, and change their vote on the floor.


Make sure you know how your legislators voted, both in committee and on the floor. We've provided you with links below which will allow you to easily access this information. If your legislator voted against an animal protection bill, please contact him/her and politely inquire why they voted against the bill. If your legislator voted in favor of an animal protection bill, please call and express your appreciation. When legislators know their constituents are paying attention to their voting record, they're more likely to vote in accordance with what their constituents want.


2013 Animal Bills with links to Floor Votes and Committee Votes in House and Senate


Passed! – State Spay/Neuter Program, S.B. 820/H.B. 767; Establishing the Spay/Neuter Fund within the Department of Agriculture; authorizing the Fund to be used to establish a competitive grant program to support the provision of spay/neuter services; etc.


Click HERE to see how your Delegates voted on the floor of the House.


Click HERE to see how your Senator voted on the floor of the Senate.


Click HERE to see how the House committee members voted.


Click HERE to see how the Senate committee members voted.


Passed! – Bait Dog Bill, also referred to as "Molly's Law," S.B. 360/H.B. 542; Prohibiting a person from using or allowing a dog to be used for baiting; prohibiting a person from possessing, owning, selling, transporting, or training a dog with the intent to use the dog for baiting; and prohibiting a person from knowingly allowing specified premises to be used for baiting.


Click HERE to see how your Delegates voted on the floor of the House.


Click HERE to see how your Senator voted on the floor of the Senate.


Click HERE to see how the House committee members voted.


Click HERE to see how the Senate committee members voted.


Passed! – Shark Finning, S.B. 592/H.B. 1148; Prohibiting a person from possessing, selling, offering for sale, trading, or distributing a shark fin; requiring the Department of Natural Resources to adopt regulations to implement this Act.


Click HERE to see how your Delegates voted on the floor of the House.


Click HERE to see how your Senator voted on the floor of the Senate.


Click HERE to see how the House committee members voted.


Click HERE to see how the Senate committee members voted.

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