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New Bill Prohibits Discrimination Against Individuals with Service Animals

February 19, 2002
By: JiaoJiao Shen
State Capital Bureau

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.

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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.

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OutCue: places of housing
Contents: Harding says people with service animals are discriminated against in places of business, employment, and housing.

The proposal is up for a vote in a House committee.

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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.

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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.

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Contents: Jacobs says if the animal creates any damages, the owner is responsible.

The bill is up for approval by a House committee.

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Service animals are not only used for blindness and deafness. JiaoJiao Shen reports from the Capitol.

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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.

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Contents: Harding says some of the dogs are used to alert when the owner needs to take medication. Any non-visible disability that needs medication could use a service animal.

The bill is waiting for a vote by a House Committee.

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