A Cape Cod Times article written by Geoff Spillane announces Nero's Bill, filed by Representative Crocker, was reported favorably out of committee.
Political Notes: ‘Nero’s Bill’ moves out of committee
The “Nero’s Bill” legislation sponsored by state Rep. William Crocker, R-Centerville, has been reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
An Act Providing for the Care and Transportation of Police Dogs, H.2037, would allow emergency medical responders to treat and transport police dogs injured in the line of duty.
The proposed law was inspired by the fatal shooting of Yarmouth police Sgt. Sean Gannon in 2018. Nero, Gannon’s K-9 partner, also was shot as a team of officers tried to serve an arrest warrant at a house in Marstons Mills. State law currently prohibits working animals from being treated or transported by emergency personnel, so Nero had to wait for a retired K-9 officer to arrive to assist and drive him to an emergency veterinary hospital. Nero has since recovered.
The legislation would also require that any emergency personnel providing care to the dogs receive training consistent with standards approved by the Office of Emergency Medical Services.
The bill awaits further committee assignment.