SENATE BILL No. 299

 

 

April 28, 2015, Introduced by Senators O'BRIEN, JONES, BIEDA, HOOD, KNEZEK, HERTEL, BRANDENBURG, SCHUITMAKER, HOPGOOD, SCHMIDT, EMMONS, KNOLLENBERG, PROOS, ANANICH, NOFS, HORN, YOUNG, WARREN, HILDENBRAND, ZORN, ROCCA, MARLEAU, ROBERTSON, BOOHER and GREGORY and referred to the Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security.

 

 

 

     A bill to amend 1970 PA 207, entitled

 

"An act to exempt certain dogs from license fees,"

 

by amending the title and section 1 (MCL 287.291), the title as

 

amended by 1981 PA 74 and section 1 as amended by 2000 PA 4.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

TITLE

 

     An act to exempt certain dogs service animals from license

 

fees.

 

     Sec. 1. (1) Notwithstanding any law or ordinance to the

 

contrary, a dog service animal is not subject to any fee for

 

licensing if either of the following applies:

 

     (a) The dog service animal is used as a guide or leader dog

 

for a blind person, a hearing dog for a deaf or audibly impaired

 

person, or a service dog for by a physically limited person with a

 

disability.


     (b) The dog service animal is owned by a partnership,

 

corporation, or other legal entity that trains dogs service animals

 

for use as guide or leader dogs for blind persons, hearing dogs for

 

deaf or audibly impaired persons, or service dogs for physically

 

limited persons.by a person with a disability.

 

     (2) As used in this section:

 

     (a) "Audibly impaired" means audibly impaired as defined in

 

section 1 of 1981 PA 82, MCL 752.61.

 

     (b) "Blind person" means a blind person as defined in section

 

1 of 1978 PA 260, MCL 393.351.

 

     (c) "Deaf person" means a deaf person as defined in section 1

 

of 1981 PA 82, MCL 752.61.

 

     (d) "Physically limited" means physically limited as defined

 

in section 1 of 1966 PA 1, MCL 125.1351.

 

     (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

 

following:

 

     (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.