Felicity's Law

West Virginia Morning
10:46 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Tomblin Proposes Increased Funding for Corrections, Felicity's Law, Huntington's Emergency App

The Governor's proposed budget includes an increase in funds for the Division of Corrections, "Felicity's Law" passes the House and would provide a cause of legal action for those who are viciously attacked by a dog, Heads Up Huntington helps the public to be aware of emergencies in that city, and Asleep at the Wheel performs "Hesitation Blues" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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The Legislature Today
7:21 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant on Candidate Filing, Freedom Industries, & Small Businesses

The House of Delegates passes a bill known as "Felicity's Law", which would allow for the euthanization of an animal that causes harm to a person. Senator Herb Snyder introduces a bill meant to repeal a section of code giving discounts to gasoline wholesalers and the Senate Finance Committee hears a budget presentation from the Division of Corrections. Also, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant talks about the looming deadline for the candidate filing period for the 2014 election, as well as the bill which would provide emergency funding to small businesses in the event of a disaster.

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House of Delegates
4:16 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

House Passes "Felicity's Law" Hoping to Protect Children from Vicious Dog Attacks

Delegate Allen Evans introduces Felicity Jenkins, the namesake of H.B. 2757, to the House of Delegates.
Credit Daniel Walker

Felicity was a two-year-old-girl from Grant County who wandered away alone from a birthday party and was viciously attacked by two dogs. It took repeated surgeries for her to recover from her injuries. Because there was no criminal negligence on the part of the dogs’ owners, no legal action could be taken by her parents in a criminal or private case under current law according to the W. Va. Supreme Court of Appeals.

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