April 28, 2015, Introduced by Reps. Barrett, Heise, Moss, Kelly, Hughes, Chatfield, Rutledge, Tedder, Lucido, Sheppard, LaVoy, Hooker, Outman, Bumstead, Faris, Talabi, Chang, Glenn and Cole and referred to the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs.


     A bill to provide for the issuance of identification, tags,


and vests for service animals; and to provide for certain powers


and duties of the department of civil rights.




     Sec. 1. As used in this act:


     (a) "Person with a disability" means a person who satisfies


all of the following conditions:


     (i) Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially


limits 1 or more major life activities.


     (ii) Has a history or record of an impairment described in


subparagraph (i).


     (iii) Is perceived by other persons as having an impairment


described in subparagraph (i).


     (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 a dog or a miniature horse that has


been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the


benefit of a person with a disability, including a physical,


sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.


     Sec. 3. (1) Subject to subsection (2), the department shall


develop and make available upon request an identification, tag, and


vest for a service animal for a person with a disability.


     (2) To be eligible to receive the identification, tag, and


vest described in subsection (1), the person seeking the materials


shall provide all of the following:


     (a) An affidavit signed by the person seeking the


identification, tag, and vest attesting that the service animal for


which the identification, tag, and vest are being sought has been


trained to be a service animal.


     (b) Documentation from an appropriate health care or


rehabilitation professional that the individual requires the


assistance of a service animal due to a disability.


     Sec. 5. The department shall use its existing telephone


complaint hotline to receive reports of problems encountered by a


person with a disability using a service animal and to receive


reports of a person impersonating a person with a disability and


using a service animal.

     Sec. 7. A person who knowingly or willingly submits a false or


fraudulent affidavit under section 3(2)(a) is guilty of a


misdemeanor punishable by 1 or more of the following:


     (a) Imprisonment for not more than 90 days.


     (b) A fine of not more than $500.00.


     (c) Community service for not more than 30 days.