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Horse bill headed to governor

HARTFORD, Conn. – Horses are not a naturally mischievous or vicious species, according to legislation passed without debate in the Senate early Tuesday morning and sent to the governor’s desk.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed the bill, which has now been passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. He released a statement Tuesday morning saying he plans to sign it.

The legislation was prompted by the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a lawsuit stemming from the 2006 incident, during which a horse named Scuppy bit a toddler at a farm in Milford. In March, the court ruled in favor of the young boy who was bitten, and decided that horse owners have a responsibility to prevent injuries that are foreseeable. The case was sent back to a lower court for more consideration.

Horse owners fear that the case could result in higher insurance rates for horses. Malloy said the issue has been a top concern for equestrians and the state’s agriculture industry.

“The agriculture sector of Connecticut’s economy has been growing significantly over the past couple of years, and we need to ensure that the laws in our state statutes encourage this growth,” Malloy said.

3 comments

John Hamlin May 7, 2014 at 8:43 am

So the governor would rather side with rich equestrians than the people who their horses are biting? I think he should have said “nay” to that proposal, which was probably brought to him by one of his equestrian one percent campaign contributors. Doesn’t he have moreh important things to do, like build an 11 mile bus lane from New Britain to Hartford?

Suzanne May 7, 2014 at 8:52 am

Agreed, Mr. Hamlin. I grew up on a farm. Toddlers were not allowed near aggressive horses. If a kid was older they would be forewarned about a “biter.” To legislate this kind of thing is wasteful, invasive and pandering. This ridiculous bill does not protect the agriculture industry but, rather, puts another restriction on private matters into the public realm.

Tobias May 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

Here’s ole’ Dannell taking care of things that should be sent out to pasture instead of taking care of the issues that really nag us… I hope you’ve enjoyed your tenure because time’s almost up.

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