In a message I received this morning, Maryland Delegate Gerron Levi states:
“I wanted to write you all and let you know that the House Judiciary Committee voted out HB 719 with some amendments that increase penalties for the offense. Under the revised House bill, dogfight and cockfight attendance would remain a misdemeanor offense, but it would now carry a maximum one year jail term, increased from 90 days, or a maximum $2,500 fine, increased from $1,000. The bill has now passed the House of Delegates and awaits action by the State Senate.”
I am hopeful this will pass the state Senate. Maryland officials are, for the most part, in support of such legislation.
I am keeping my fingers crossed.