HB 1509

83(R) - 2013
Urban Affairs

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Rafael Anchia

Bill Caption

Relating to the enforcement of water conservation and animal care and control ordinances of a municipality by civil action or quasi-judicial enforcement.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. This legislation is not anticipated to have a significant fiscal impact on Local Government

Bill Analysis

Summary: This legislation adds animal care and control and water conservation measures, including watering restrictions, to a list of offenses in which a municipality can bring civil suit carrying a punishment of a misdemeanor and a fine. 

Analysis: After further review, we are revising our recommendation from oppose to neutral. Currently animal care and control, and matters relating to water conservation measures and watering restrictions, are matters that a municipality can remedy through the criminal court system. This bill would deal with such violations in civil court, removing the possibility of incarceration for things such as loose dogs or watering on non-watering days. This may save the public funds in the long run and modestly relieve the burden on our criminal justice system.