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Service Animals Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact laws related to service animals in Texas.

Service Animals

Service Animal Bills (Telicon Report 5/26/2017)
HB 996Giovanni CapriglioneRelating to the regulation of business entities that provide assistance animals; providing a civil penalty.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require businesses selling or donating service animals to provide one-on-one training (at least 30 hours over 90 days), a wellness verification from a veterinarian, a residential facility for stays of at least 10 days while receiving training, passing score on the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test, and follow-up services for the life of the animal. Would also authorize a civil penalty of $500 for each violation, recoverable by the attorney general, and civil liability in the amount paid for the service animal.
no datano dataLast Action: 02-27-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2992Victoria NeaveRelating to assistance animals used by persons with disabilities and to the prosecution of the offense of misrepresenting an animal as an assistance animal.
no datano dataRemarks: Would create a misdemeanor offense when a person falsely represents their animal as a service animal in order to gain access, permission, or benefits reserved for people with disabilities who use service animals. False representation would occur when a person fits an animal with a harness, collar, vest, sign, tag, or leash of the type commonly used by service animals when the animal has not in fact been specially trained.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-12-17 H Withdrawn from the Local Calendar
HB 3229Dade PhelanRelating to the use of an assistance animal that provides assistance to a person with a disability; providing a criminal penalty.
no datano dataRemarks: Would expand the definition of “assistance animal” as an animal that performs tasks or provides emotional support that alleviates a medically identified effect of a person's disability and defines “service animal" as a specially trained dog that performs tasks for a person with a disability. Would apply a misdemeanor charge and monetary penalty to a person found guilty of misrepresentation of an animal to a landlord as one needed for assistance with a disability. Misrepresentation is not defined.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-30-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Human Services