Senate pro tem Del Marsh has still not placed HB188 on the Senate calendar. There are three legislative days left. Since the first of the week, Senator Marsh’s level of commitment to get this bill passed has wavered. He is receiving a great deal of pressure from Senator Bussman, because Bussman’s bill SB25, is in a House committee that most likely will not schedule a hearing prior to end of session. Senator Marsh has long been supportive of this issue and the only chance we have to get this bill on the Senate floor, will be for everyone-everyone– to make a call to him at home, this weekend. Make your call during reasonable hours- be polite. Tell Senator Marsh that you know he controls the Senate calendar and that HB188 must come to the Senate floor for the vote it deserves.
Tell him he will have to decide whose interests come first- the citizens of our state or those of Senator Bussman.
The number is 256-237-1931
(Do not accept any statements that anyone other than Marsh controls the Senate calendar- HE CONTROLS THE CALENDAR)
Beginning Monday- there will be a second task on this issue , so please stay with this.
Finally, here is current status on the other bills affecting animals:
SB 25- the BAD spay neuter bill- assigned to House Boards ,Agencies and Commissions committee- not scheduled
HB27/SB393- felony cruelty bill- may be on senate floor next week
HB51- abuse and torture reporting bill- in Senate Judiciary committee next Tuesday
HB238- shelter reporting act- in Senate AG & F committee next Wednesday
HB259- protects police, search and rescue dogs and handlers- passed Senate committee, poised for Senate floor next week