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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 26, 2015 02:50 PM
From: Senator Charles T. McIlhinney, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Dog Law Enforcement Fines
I will soon be reintroducing Senate Bill 718 from last session which adds an exemption to Title 42 to allow all the Dog Law fines and penalties collected to remain in the Dog Law Restricted Account (DLRA). This small annual increase in revenue will help toward sustaining the operations of the Office of Dog Law Enforcement in conducting its statutory obligations of inspecting kennels, investigating dog bite incidents and apprehending dogs running at large, just to name a few.

Under the Dog Law, state dog wardens and the police are authorized to issue citations for violations of the Dog Law. If a successful penalty is levied by a state dog warden, the fine money goes into the DLRA, which is used to support the operations of the Office of Dog Law at the Department of Agriculture. Individual dog license and kennel license fees are also deposited into the DLRA.

Since 1987, however, all fine money over the amount collected in that fiscal year (approximately $69,000) is diverted to the Judicial Computer System Augmentation Account. The Judicial Computer System Augmentation Account is used for ongoing operations of the Statewide judicial computer system. Under Title 42 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes there are exceptions for certain fines, fees or costs, not to be reverted to the Computer System Augmentation Account.

I invite you to join me in cosponsoring this legislation. Thank you.

Introduced as SB573