ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) - The Maryland General Assembly is in the final hours of the 2013 legislative session, with most of its work behind it.
Each side wins a little and loses a little in what became a major issue for dog owners and dog bite victims.
In the case of Dominic Solesky, the Court of Appeals ruled pit bulls inherently dangerous and owners and landlords both liable for damages.
Efforts to eliminate the breed-specific designation hit a wall in Annapolis.
"I thought we were going to have a stalemate," said Senate President Mike Miller.
The compromise applies to all dogs. It frees up landlords and holds owners strictly liable if a dog bites a child age 12 or younger.
If a dog bites someone 13 or older owners may present a preponderance if evidence to show there was no reason to suspect the dog was dangerous. That's lower than the clear and convincing evidence the senate originally voted for.
"Then they're off the hook," said Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery County.
The Senate passed the committee's compromise 47-0, but some feel there could have been a better solution.
"It's one extreme of the law to the other extreme of the law and it impacts a lot of people," said Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-Eastern Shore.
But for owners who feared evictions because of their pit bulls, it's a welcome change.
The House is also expected to adopt the compromise and send it to the governor for his signature.
Another groundbreaking bill is headed to the governor's desk. The House and Senate have approved programs to dispense marijuana at academic medical centers.
This bill applies to all dogs.
The House will vote later Monday.
(Written by WJZ)