- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House voted down a bill requiring animal shelters to conduct a monthly census of animals that were housed, where they came from and what happened to them.

The bill, debated on the House floor on Tuesday, required shelters to make the monthly report available to the public upon request. The bill failed 67-28.

Some legislators objected to the additional workload. Others were concerned with whether it would make shelters more vulnerable to lawsuits by animal rights groups.

Republican Representative K.L. Brown from Jacksonville said the bill would have made it easier to know what happens in shelters. He said it also allowed shelters to have the data needed to receive grants.

Brown says he has not yet decided if he’ll bring a similar bill again next year.

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