BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state legislative committee has approved a bill that would allow courts to decide whether a dog that attacks someone should be put down.

The legislation brought by Rep. Mike Moyle was approved Wednesday and sent to the House's amending order for review. Under the bill, dogs that bite people could be declared dangerous by a judge. The court would also decide additional measures, such as whether the dog should be put down and penalties for the owner.

Several people at the hearing spoke out in favor of the bill. But the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association raised concerns about language of the bill regarding dog attack victims suing for damages.