On June 16, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that abolishes the remaining municipal and public housing breed-specific restrictions, largely impacting pit bulls.
The bill (SB 942) was almost unanimously supported in both chambers, recording only one dissenting vote.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera from Miami, commented during the House debate, "We must no longer allow unwarranted restrictions in public housing to exacerbate the problem." She pointed out that housing issues are often the reason people abandon their pets to animal shelters.
Previous legislation had already outlawed breed-specific local regulations, but those enacted before October 1, 1990, were exempt. As a result, Miami's ban on pit bulls remained, and a 1989 law in Sunrise mandated that "pit bull dogs" be securely penned or muzzled.
However, starting from October 1, 2023 any existing laws that impose breed-specific restrictions will become invalid.
|City||Ordinance||Breeds||Type of Ordinance||Last Checked||Notes|
|Chipley||6-135||Confinement & Registration||Pit Bulls||1/5/2023||None|
|Coral Gables||10-76||Confinement & Muzzle||Pit Bulls||1/5/2023||None|
|Florida City||10-70||Confinement, Insurance, Registration||Pit Bulls||1/5/2023||None|
|Marianna||10-37||Confinement & Muzzle||Pit Bulls||1/5/2023||None|
|Miami-Dade County||5-17||Confinement & Registration||Pit Bulls||1/5/2023||None|
|Palm Beach County||21-31-e||Ban from Parks & Rec||Pit Bulls||1/5/2023||None|
|Sunrise||4-49||Confinement & Registration||Pit Bulls||1/5/2023||None|