HB-4527, As Passed House, June 16, 2015
HOUSE BILL NO. 4527
A bill to amend 1981 PA 82, entitled
"An act to prohibit the use of certain collars or harnesses and
leashes on dogs in public places, except by deaf, audibly impaired,
or otherwise physically limited persons; and to prescribe
by amending the title and sections 1, 2, and 3 (MCL 752.61, 752.62,
and 752.63), the title and sections 1 and 2 as amended by 1984 PA
111, and by adding section 4.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
act to prohibit
the use of certain collars or harnesses and
on dogs a person from
representing that he or she is in
of a service animal in public places,
impaired, or otherwise physically limited persons; unless
that person is a person with a disability; and to prescribe
Sec. 1. As used in this act:
"Audibly impaired" means the inability to hear air
thresholds at an average of 40 decibels or greater in
"Deaf person" means a person whose hearing is totally
or whose hearing, with or without amplification, is so
impaired that the primary means of receiving spoken
is through other sensory input, including but not limited
lip reading, sign language, finger spelling, or reading.
"Physically limited" means physically limited as defined
section 1 of Act No. 1 of the Public Acts of 1966, being section
of the Michigan Compiled Laws.
(a) "Person with a disability" means a person who has a
disability as defined in section 12102 of the Americans with
disabilities act of 1990, 42 USC 12102 and 28 CFR 36.104.
(b) As used in subdivision (a), "person with a disability"
includes a veteran who has been diagnosed with 1 or more of the
(i) Post-traumatic stress disorder.
(ii) Traumatic brain injury.
(iii) Other service-related disabilities.
(c) "Service animal" means all of the following:
(i) That term as defined in 28 CFR 36.104.
(ii) A miniature horse that has been individually trained to
do work or perform tasks as described in 28 CFR 36.104 for the
benefit of a person with a disability.
(d) "Veteran" means any of the following:
(i) A person who performed military service in the armed
forces for a period of more than 90 days and separated from the
armed forces in a manner other than a dishonorable discharge.
(ii) A person discharged or released from military service
because of a service-related disability.
(iii) A member of a reserve branch of the armed forces at the
time he or she was ordered to military service during a period of
war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge is
authorized, and was released from military service in a manner
other than a dishonorable discharge.
2. A person
, except a person who is deaf, audibly
or otherwise physically limited shall
not use or be
represent that he or she is in
possession of a
dog that is
a blaze orange leash and collar or harness service animal,
or a service animal in training, in any public place.
Sec. 3. A person who knowingly violates this act is guilty of
by a 1 or more of the
(a) Imprisonment for not more than 90 days.
A fine of not more than
(c) Community service for not more than 30 days.
Sec. 4. The department of civil rights shall use its existing
telephone complaint hotline to receive reports of a person falsely
representing that he or she is in possession of a service animal or
a service animal in training.
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days
after the date it is enacted into law.
Enacting section 2. This amendatory act does not take effect
unless all of the following bills of the 98th Legislature are
enacted into law:
(a) Senate Bill No. 298.
(b) Senate Bill No. 299.
(c) House Bill No. 4521.