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Cockfighting Bill Passes House Subcommittee
April 13, 2005

Columbia - After hearing spirited testimony from both sides of the cockfighting issue, a House subcommittee passed a bill increasing the criminal penalty for cockfighting to a $5,000 five year felony and giving law enforcement forfeiture authority for property used for the purposes or in connection with animal fighting.

Currently cockfighting is a $100 thirty-day misdemeanor. Attorney General Henry McMaster testified in favor of the legislation, which is sponsored by House Speaker David Wilkins.

The bill passed the criminal laws sub-committee on a 3-1 vote with Representatives Murrell Smith, Jim Merrill and Seth Whipper voting in favor and Billl Herbkersman voting against.

The bill, H 3344 now moves to the full Judiciary Committee. It may be viewed on the web

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