Discrimination against service animals in public places would be prohibited under a new bill presented to a House Committee Tuesday. JiaoJiao Shen has more from Jefferson City.
Individuals with certain disabilities need service animals to help them in everyday activities.
A new bill, sponsered by Representative Meg Harding, prohibits discrimination because a person has a service animal in places like restaurants, stores, and public transportation.
Harding says people who need service animals are often discriminated against.
The proposal is up for a vote in a House committee.
Shopkeepers couldn't prohibit a disabled individual with a service animal from entering the facilities, under a proposal considered by a House committee Tuesday. JiaoJiao Shen has more from Jefferson City.
Some public places prohibit animals in the facilities for a multitude of reasons.
Some individuals need animals to help them in their daily activities.
Under a new bill, proposed by Representative Meg Harding, public places would not be allowed to discriminate against people with service animals.
Donna Jacobs, who uses a service dog and testified before the committee, says when the person with the animal enters the building, the owner is completely responsible for it.
The bill is up for approval by a House committee.
Service animals are not only used for blindness and deafness. JiaoJiao Shen reports from the Capitol.
Service animals are needed by a multitude of people with disabilities, such as epilepsy, anxiety, and depression.
A new bill, introduced by Representative Meg Harding, covers all disabilities that need service animals.
Harding says service animals could be used for any disability that requires medication.
The bill is waiting for a vote by a House Committee.