Ralph DeMeo

A Central Florida lawmaker has withdrawn a bill that would allow judges to appoint “courtroom animal advocates,” but the Animal Law Section is undeterred. “If you’ll pardon the pun, the bill still has legs,” said Animal Law Section executive council member Ralph DeMeo. “There is still time, and we are working with other potential sponsors.”

Rep. Sam Killebrew, R-Winter Haven, filed HB 227 on October 4, but withdrew it two weeks later. A Senate companion, SB 172 by Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-Miami, is pending but has yet to receive a hearing.