Bill keeps landlords from liability in dog attacks

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Associated Press

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:01 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Landlords who live on their own property would not be financially liable for a tenant's dog if it attacks another person under a bill passed by the Kentucky Senate.

Republican Sen. Chris Girdler of Somerset called the bill an effort to reinforce personal responsibility and protect small-business owners.

Senate Democrats express concerns that public health services like Medicaid would have to pay for medical costs in the event of a dog bite. They offered an amendment requiring insurance coverage by either the landlord or tenant in the event of an attack.

The bill passed 29-8 Monday without the amendment. It now moves to the House for consideration.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 78.

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