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SERVICE DOG LEGISLATION INTRODUCED AT THE IDAHO

Senate Bill 1075, known as the Service Dog Legislation, was sent to the Senate floor with a “Do-Pass” recommendation by a unanimous vote in the Idaho Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Tuesday, February 19th.

The bill seeks to correct ambiguous language in the current Idaho law regarding service dogs,  expands the definition of disability to include anyone with a disability, and brings Idaho law into compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  It provides protections for service dog handlers and trainers, and for businesses (public accommodations) as well. 

Testimony before the committee pointed out the many roles that service dogs can play, such as detecting blood insulin levels and seizures, assisting with balance and mobility, and helping veterans and others with post-traumatic stress disorder to  manage their symptoms.  The Idaho Retailers Association and the Idaho Hospitality Association  supported the bill and explained that the bill clarifies what questions may be legally asked by business owners, and when a dog may be excluded from the business for misbehavior. 

If the bill passes in the Senate, it will go to the House Health & Welfare Committee for a hearing to be sent the full House for a vote.  Anyone who wishes to support the legislation is invited to contact their Senator and Representatives by visiting https://legislature.idaho.gov/ .  You can find the contact information for your legislators by entering your street address and zip code in the box labeled “Who is my Legislator” in the blue box at the bottom of the home page.

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