Counties Oppose Removal of Local Permitting Authority for Electric Fences

On 19, January 2021 MACo Policy Associate Alex Butler testified virtually before the House Economic Matters Committee to oppose  HB 261 Business Regulation – Battery-Charged Fence Security Systems – Regulation. This bill would preempt local jurisdiction’s ability to permit battery charged electric fences.

From the MACo Testimony:

HB 261 would regulate battery-charged fence security systems under the existing regulatory structure
for wireless security systems. The bill establishes particular parameters for defining these fences,
including that they are located only in commercial zones and meet certain height and power
requirements. Of most concern to counties, it prohibits a local government from imposing any
additional permits, installation, or operational requirements on these fences.

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2021 legislative session on MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.

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