Connors, Rumpf & Gove Will Vote Against Nanny State ‘Dog Leashing and Fencing’ Bill

Tue Jul 20 2021 20:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

LD9 Opposes fencing and dog leashing A-2401

Calling it among the worst examples of government overreach, Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove oppose legislation (A-2401) that would require dog leashing and fencing requirements throughout the State.

Sen. Connors, Asm. Rumpf and Asw. Gove said they will vote against legislation that would require dog owners to fence their property, calling the bill extreme and unnecessary.

The 9th District Delegation issued the following statement:

“Imposing leashing and fencing requirements on dog owners is the nanny state at its worst. The overwhelming majority of dog owners are responsible people who take great care to ensure their dogs do not run loose on the streets, let alone pose as a threat to public safety.

“Requiring dog owners to put up fencing would be a severe financial hardship and a drastic measure that distorts the meaning of what really is in the interest of public safety. With all the challenges that our state currently faces, do we really need to add dog leashes and fencing to the laundry list of existing regulations that interfere in the everyday lives of New Jerseyans? It’s impractical to add fencing in many places and can cost thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.

“The legislation goes so far in the extreme as to require standards for the height and dimensions of the fence area. Municipalities would be required to enact ordinances and establish a dedicated fund for enforcing the legislation’s requirements with money from dog licenses and penalties for enforcement activity.

“Yes, we understand that the legislation was introduced in reaction to a deadly and violent attack involving two pit bulls. However, these cases are rare and usually involve bad actors or people who display bad judgement who would simply ignore regulations if imposed. Responsible dog owners would be the only people feeling the real impact of such regulations. And it’s important to note that New Jersey already has laws on the book for vicious and potentially dangerous dogs.

“Trenton already oversees an imposing and extensive bureaucratic regulatory system. COVID has created even more fiscal challenges for municipalities that cannot afford to act as Trenton’s enforcement agents for excessive and unnecessary regulations that residents don’t want and many simply can’t afford.”

Subsequent to passing the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on June 21 of this year, A-2401 was placed on Second Reading, meaning the legislation is in a position for a full Chamber vote in the Assembly. The identical companion measure, S-3607, has yet to be considered by the Senate Energy and Environment Committee.