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House Bill 1603

House Bill 1603

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF HB1603 (Updated April 27, 2009 11:55 am - DI 84)

Service animals. Provides that it is the policy of the state that individuals with a mental disability: (1) are encouraged to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and engage in remunerative employment; and (2) shall be employed in positions with state and local government, public schools, and other entities supported by public funds (current law is limited to individuals who are blind or have another visual or physical disability). Provides that a person with a disability is entitled to be accompanied by a service animal (instead of a guide dog) in certain public accommodations (including various educational entities) without an extra charge. Provides that an employer, employment agency, labor organization, or joint labor-management committee must allow an employee with a disability to keep a service animal with the employee at all times.
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