Nonconcurrence Vote Passed
May 24, 2013
May 22, 2013
May 1, 2013(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.
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.