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GOP-led House kills McDonnell's amendment on euthanizing dogs

Anita Kumar

House Speaker Bill Howell tonight ruled out of order Gov. Bob McDonnell's amendment on euthanizing dogs -- essentially killing one of his fellow Republican's priorities.

Howell said the amendment, which would have prohibited pounds from euthanizing dogs based only on their breed, was not germane to an underlying bill that dealt with penalties assessed for animal cruelty.

The decision led to a lot of ribbing of the speaker, a close friend of McDonnell's, who had not publicly parted ways with the governor since his inauguration. (Howell also voted against one of McDonnell's amendments today.)

House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong asked the speaker if he was sure he wanted to rule that way.

"I don't think you're getting invited back to the mansion, Mr. Speaker,'' Armstrong (D-Henry) quipped.

"That's okay,'' Howell responded.

In 2006, McDonnell, then attorney general, issued an opinion that public animal shelters could not euthanize dogs based solely on breed. A bill introduced this session to codify McDonnell's opinion into state law was killed in a House subcommittee.

Tonight, after the legislators had left, McDonnell told reporters that Howell had warned him this morning about how he was going to rule. "He's going to be in the doghouse for awhile."

By Anita Kumar  |  April 21, 2010; 8:41 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate  
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