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Miami-Dade commissioners want to put pit-bull ban to vote instead of having state repeal it

To stop a proposal winding its way through the Florida Legislature, a group of Miami-Dade commissioners agreed Tuesday to give voters a say on the county’s 23-year-old ban on pit bull ownership.

Commissioners on the public safety and health care administration committee feared the proposed legislation outlawing the county’s pit-bull ban would undermine Miami-Dade’s home-rule powers, which give it sole authority to deal with local matters.

Instead of waiting for the proposal to come to a final vote in Tallahassee, committee members favor putting a question on the August countywide election ballot asking voters if Miami-Dade should repeal the ban.

In exchange, commissioners said they would urge state Rep. Carlos Trujillo, a Miami Republican, to withdraw the legislation he has sponsored in the Florida House of Representatives.

“We cannot allow the armor to take kinks in it,” Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, the committee chairman, said, referring to protecting the county’s powers. “We should be dealing with this internally.”

Diaz and Commissioner Esteban Bovo, a former state lawmaker, sent text messages during the committee meeting to Trujillo, who indicated from Tallahassee that he would stop pushing his bill if commissioners follow through on putting the pit-bull ban to voters.

“I think it’s only fair that the people of Dade County decide,” Trujillo later told The Miami Herald. More here.

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Jules

Simple no for me.

Nuria

And what happens when the people decide to throw this ban out? I'll tell you, these crooks will turn around and keep the ban anyway, because it's "their city". People, these politicians don't care what you think! They think THEY rule here and what we want doesn't matter!

Jules

Yes but they have kids and family. Google most dangerus dogs in the world. Pits have more killings than anyone animal.

Shea

Huge fan of democracy so anytime voters have the opportunity to directly participate, that's a great thing. However, this development was caused by commissioners' concerns about preemption by the state, which was an illegitimate concern. The state decided this issue for all of Florida's 66 other counties; and staff in both chambers of the Florida legislature determined that this in no way violated Miami's home rule. Either way, it's time for the ban to go so we can actually do things that make communities safer. As long as there's BSL, real progress can't be made.

Liza

It's a trick they are trying to do this to keep the ban in place.Once people vote to throw ban out they will twist things around and keep it in place. This ban is descriminatory. I have seen dogs that are not pitbulls and they are pretty vicious.

John Duncan

Remove the ban on Staffordshire Bull Terriers/Pit Bulls
http://terrorpitbulls.blogspot.com/?spref=tw
A novel that pays tribute to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Pit Bull, a breed of dog, which was at the mercy of man’s wicked way from the seventeenth century to the nineteen century. A powerful story that will send shivers down your spine and make the hair on your skin rise. You will love and hate Tom Mitchell, who is a strong-minded character. He will have you hold breath by his good and evil actions.
John Duncan.

John Duncan

For three hundred years my race was at the mercy of man's wicked way.
Remove the ban on Staffordshire Bull Terriers/Pit Bulls.
Never in living memory has a breed of dog generated so much publicity. Its history has made one terrific story with great screen potential. My objective is to make the race a glittering star instead of demonizing it.
John Duncan.

http://terrorpitbulls.blogspot.com/?spref=tw

John Duncan

Remove the ban on Staffordshire Bull Terriers/Pit Bulls

My objective is to make the race a glittering star. Which producer/director will be first to connect project Terror Pit Bulls onto the silver screen

http://terrorpitbulls.blogspot.com/?spref=tw

PatBos

To John Duncan: "My objective is to make the race a glittering star."

What "race" are you going to turn into a "glittering star"? The white race? The black race? "Race" applies only to humankind, not dog or any other animal.

Any "project" you promote will be so full of errors of fact that any producer would double over laughing when you made your pitch. If you knew anything at all about dogs, you would know pit bull is not a "breed," but rather a "type" of dog.

Perhaps you could ask a pit nutter like Darla Napora, Michael Cook or Tina Canterbury to star in your production. I say someone "like" them because they were all killed by their sweet, loving, gentle "glittering star" pit bulls!

Shea

Agree @PatBos, we need to stop comparing dogs to people. It does not to elevate this discussion at all and actually, demeans it. But, the ban doesn't work and no other significant, substantive changes to Miami ordinances relating to dangerous dogs can change until we get rid of the ban. Then we can do things that actually work like improving the integrity of breed by regulating breeders better; penalize and hold accountable folks who breed these dogs irresponsibly; actually enforce and significantly penalizing people with dogs that are a nuisance or dangerous to the community; and create animal services programs that are inclusive rather than exclusive, affordable, and that show the community benefit of people properly managing their dogs - all dogs: from cleaning up after them, to keeping them on leashes no matter what, to vaccinating, and all those things that need to become common practice in our community. And chill with the term pit nutter. It's not even a real word and ruined the one good point you had.

John Duncan

Remove the ban on Staffordshire Bull Terriers/Pit Bulls.
To Pat Bos, who has a bad attitude.
You talk full of poison with a lot of hatred towards the Staffordshire Bull terrier/Pit Bull race. Not only that you seem to be full of anger against people who own the breed. Race or breed can be used to describe a dog, and I will always defend it against those who arrogantly think he/she is right.
John Duncan, says. "Remove the ban on Staffordshire Bull Terriers/Pit Bulls."

John Duncan

Remove the ban on Staffordshire Bull Terriers/Pit Bulls.
It is common knowledge in Great Britain. That British Bulldog and Staffordshire Terrier are the original animals, which bred the infamous canine. At that period in time. Many experiments went on with dogs, mating different breeds, hoping their pups would be designed to have that extra ability as a fighting-dog. The race is known as Staffy in the United Kingdom. In a America the race is known as Pit Bull. It originated from England, and the breed is owned worldwide by dotting Staffy/Pit Bull lovers.
John Duncan, says. "Remove the ban on Staffordshire Bull Terriers/Pit Bulls."

Vanessa graces

You should allow the pitbulls . Punish the peaple not the pitbulls. I have three pitbulls and there awesom . I have a 5 year old son and the 3 of them sleep with him . My brother has 6 kids and on BBQ days I come over with my pits and they play all day with the kids at the pool

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