Act No. 145

Public Acts of 2015

Approved by the Governor

October 20, 2015

Filed with the Secretary of State

October 20, 2015

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 18, 2016




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, Gregory, Casperson, Colbeck, Green, Hansen, Hune, Johnson, Kowall, MacGregor, Meekhof, Pavlov, Smith and Stamas


AN ACT 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:


An act to exempt certain service animals from license fees.

Sec. 1. (1) Notwithstanding any law or ordinance to the contrary, a service animal is not subject to any fee for licensing if either of the following applies:

(a) The service animal is used by a person with a disability.

(b) The service animal is owned by a partnership, corporation, or other legal entity that trains service animals for use by a person with a disability.

(2) As used in this section:

(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 following:

(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.

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) House Bill No. 4521.

(c) House Bill No. 4527.

This act is ordered to take immediate effect.

Secretary of the Senate

Clerk of the House of Representatives