SB 809
Modifies provisions relating to public accommodations and service dogs for persons with mental disabilities
LR Number:
Last Action:
5/18/2012 - S Formal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 809-Lamping, with SCS
Journal Page:
SCS SB 809
Calendar Position:
Effective Date:
August 28, 2012

Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 809 - Under this act an individual with mental disabilities is added to the list of people who must be afforded the same rights as those without disabilities to use streets, highways, sidewalks, public buildings, public facilities, and other public places. An individual with mental disabilities is also entitled to equal accommodation from common carriers, airlines, motor vehicles, trains, buses, taxis, and any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, as well as hotels, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited. This act also provides that persons with mental disabilities shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide, hearing, or service dog in any of these places without being required to pay an extra charge, provided that such person shall be liable for any damages done to the premises or facilities by such dog.

The term "service dog" is revised to mean a search and rescue dog that is trained to assist a person with a physical or mental disability by performing necessary tasks or doing work which the person cannot perform. Such tasks include, but are not limited to, helping the person from becoming lost, retrieving items or carrying supplies. A member of a service dog team has the right to be accompanied by the dog while the dog is in training and shall be liable for any damages to a facility caused by the dog training. A service dog team consists of a trained service dog, a person with a disability or child, and an adult person who has been trained to handle the dog.

This act is identical to provisions in HCS/HB 1900 (2012) and SS/SCS/HCS/HB 1854 (2012) and similar to HB 1436 (2012) and HB 513 (2011).