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Bill Detail: HB19-1158

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Title Sheriff Enforcement Dangerous Dog Statute
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/29/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors K. Lewis (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/29/2019
Description

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
order:
  • 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.

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