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HB19-1158:Sheriff Enforcement Dangerous Dog Statute

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: HB19-1158
Year: 2019
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: K. Lewis


The bill requires a county sheriff’s office to investigate an alleged
violation of the unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog crime or enforce
the provisions of that statute. If a victim of that crime believes the county
sheriff’s office is not investigating the crime or enforcing the statute, the
victim can file an affidavit with a judge having jurisdiction over the
alleged crime. The judge then must require the county sheriff to appear
to explain the refusal. If the judge finds that the county sheriff’s refusal
was arbitrary or capricious and without reasonable excuse, the judge shall
• The county sheriff’s office to investigate the alleged
offense or enforce the law; or
• The district attorney’s office with jurisdiction over the
crime to investigate the alleged offense or enforce the law.
If a county sheriff’s office refuses to comply with an order to
investigate or enforce the law, the court shall order the county sheriff to
reimburse the county for all general fund appropriations received in the
last fiscal year.

Current Status:

House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/26/2019)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/29/2019)

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