If you are a pit bull owner who rents a home or apartment in Maryland, you may be forced to choose between your dog or your residence, at least until the next legislative session in 2013. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that pit bulls and any related type of dog are considered a dangerous breed of dog and any owner whose dog bites a person is liable for those injuries. The Court also ruled that any landlord who rents to a pit bull owner is liable. During the special legislative session, the Senate voted to apply the law to all breeds of dogs and to not hold the landlord liable. The House Judiciary Committee said no way. They felt that they needed more time to study the issue and that such a law would drive up insurance rates for all dog owners. It really makes you wonder as I blogged last week as to why the Senate took up this particular issue as part of the special legislative session. Although I don't agree that we needed a special session to approve table gaming as well as additional gambling locations, that is a big enough issue to warrant a special session. Dog bite legislation? One would surmise that someone in a Senate leadership position has got to be a landlord of some significance.