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HB 489 - Expands Access to Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Expands Access to Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) -
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (140-5) - (Key vote)
Highlights:
  • Rep. William A. Callegari is not listed on the vote breakdown because his vote does not accurately reflect his intention; he initially voted 'Yea' and changed his vote to 'Nay' after the roll call.
  • Rep. Brandon Creighton is not listed on the vote breakdown because his vote does not accurately reflect his intention; he initially voted 'Yea' and changed his vote to 'Nay' after the roll call.
  • Rep. Drew Springer voted "Nay" after the roll call.
Legislation - Nonconcurrence Vote Passed (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (120-21) - (Key vote)

Title: Expands Access to Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands access to service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, effective January 1, 2014.

Highlights:
  • Expands the definition of “person with a disability” to include a disabled veteran who has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits a public facility from denying entry to a service animal that is accompanied by an individual with a disability or by a trainer (Sec. 1).
  • Limits the questions an employee of a public facility is authorized to ask an individual with disabilities that are not “readily apparent” about the service animal to the following questions (Secs. 1 & 3):
    • Whether the service animal is required because the individual has a disability; and
    • What type of work the service animal is trained to perform.
  • Defines “service animal” as a canine that is specially trained or equipped to help an individual with a disability including, but not limited to, performing the following tasks (Sec. 2):
    • The canine guides an individual who has a visual impairment;
    • The canine pulls a wheelchair;
    • The canine reminds an individual who has a mental illness to take prescribed medication; and
    • The canine calms a disabled veteran who has PTSD.
  • Prohibits an employee of a public facility from making demands or inquiries regarding the qualifications or certifications of a service animal (Sec. 3).
  • Classifies a violation of this bill as a misdemeanor with a fine of no more than $300 and 30 hours of community service with an organization that primarily serves individuals with disabilities, whereas existing law requires a fine of at least $300 and no more than $1,000 (Sec. 4).
  • Rep. Patricia Harless voted “Nay” after roll call.
  • Rep. James L. Keffer voted “Yea’ after roll call.
  • Rep. Phil King is not on our vote breakdown because his vote did not accurately reflect his intentions; he initially voted “Yea” but changed his vote to “Nay” after roll call.
  • Rep. George Lavender is not on our vote breakdown because his vote did not accurately reflect his intentions; he initially voted “Yea” but changed his vote to “Nay” after roll call.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Expands Access to Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD

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