June 29, 2012
| Senator Dinniman and his poodle, Henry.
I want to update you on Senate Bill 1329, my bill to end the gassing of dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. As you know, the bill was passed unanimously by the Pennsylvania Senate and sent to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in March.
The bill is called Daniel’s Law, in honor of Daniel, the beagle who survived an Alabama gas chamber and now serves as a living symbol of the need to end gas chambers in every state.
In my last update, I noted that our next aim was to move the bill through the House Agricultural Committee by the end of June, so that we could immediately act on it when we return to session in the fall.
Unfortunately, state Rep. John Maher, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has not scheduled the bill for a vote despite the numerous phone calls and e-mails many of you made requesting a vote before the end of June.
Of course, we are disappointed that the committee did not act. But on the positive side, the Pennsylvania Humane Society recently had a successful meeting with Rep. Maher about SB 1329 and afterwards stated that Rep. Maher “reiterated his strong commitment to this issue.”
It is our hope that Rep. Maher will convene his committee and schedule a vote on Daniel’s Law early enough in the fall session, so that it can be voted out by the full House and placed on the Governor’s desk before the session ends in November.
If Daniel’s Law does not pass in November, we would have to start all over again in January – including obtaining Senate approval again. Since we are closer than ever to ending the gassing of our dogs and cats, we must take advantage of the present opportunity and pass Daniel’s Law this fall!
Toward this end, we are planning a rally at the Capitol in Harrisburg as soon as the fall session begins. We hope to have hundreds of advocates at this rally. We will also welcome and encourage you to bring your dogs and cats to the planned rally. As the summer progresses, we will continue to keep you updated and let you know when a date is set. Be assured we will be asking for your assistance again, in the form of phone calls, e-mails and letters as the fall approaches.
Please know that I am fully dedicated and determined that with your help and active participation, we can finally ban gas chambers in Pennsylvania.
Offices of State
Senator Andy Dinniman