Bill would shield landlords from liability in dog-bite cases

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers have given final approval to a bill aimed at protecting landlords from liability if their tenants' dogs attack other people.
 
The Senate sent the measure to Gov. Matt Bevin on a 32-5 vote Monday evening. The measure cleared the House by a wide margin last month.
 
The bill's supporters say it stems from a 2012 Kentucky Supreme Court decision that expanded the definition of a "dog owner" to include landlords in dog attack cases. As a result, landlords can be held liable if a tenant's dog attacks someone on the landlord's property.
 
The bill's lead sponsor is Republican Rep. Stan Lee of Lexington.
 
Similar proposals died in recent legislative sessions.
 

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