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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill removes provisions of the Utah Code relating to emotional support animals
11 and psychiatric therapy animals.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . deletes definitions relating to emotional support animals and psychiatric therapy
16 . removes emotional support animals and psychiatric therapy animals from the
17 definition of service animals;
18 . removes provisions relating to a mental health therapist being accompanied by a
19 psychiatric therapy animal; and
20 . makes technical changes.
21 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 62A-5b-102, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 22
28 62A-5b-104, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 22
29 76-9-307, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 22
30 78B-3-701, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
32 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
33 Section 1. Section 62A-5b-102 is amended to read:
34 62A-5b-102. Definitions.
35 As used in this chapter:
36 (1) "Disability" has the same meaning as defined in 42 U.S.C. 12102 of the Americans
37 With Disabilities Act of 1990, as may be amended in the future, and 28 C.F.R. 36.104 of the
38 Code of Federal Regulations, as may be amended in the future.
56 (a) includes any coffee shop, cafeteria, luncheonette, soda fountain, dining room, or
57 fast-food service where food is prepared or served for immediate consumption; and
58 (b) does not include:
59 (i) any retail establishment whose primary business or function is the sale of fuel or
60 food items for off-premise, but not immediate, consumption; and
61 (ii) except for a dinner theater, a theater that sells food items.
63 (a) (i) a guide dog;
64 (ii) a signal dog; or
65 (iii) any other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of
66 a person with a disability, including:
67 (A) guiding a person with impaired vision;
68 (B) alerting a person with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds;
69 (C) providing minimal protection or rescue work;
70 (D) pulling a wheelchair; or
71 (E) fetching dropped items; or
75 Section 2. Section 62A-5b-104 is amended to read:
76 62A-5b-104. Right to be accompanied by service animal -- Security deposits --
77 Discrimination -- Liability -- Identification.
78 (1) (a) A person with a disability has the right to be accompanied by a service animal,
79 unless the service animal is a danger or nuisance to others as interpreted under the Americans
80 with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 12102:
81 (i) in any of the places specified in Section 62A-5b-103 ; and
82 (ii) without additional charge for the service animal.
83 (b) This section does not prohibit an owner or lessor of private housing
84 accommodations from charging a person, including a person with a disability, a reasonable
85 deposit as security for any damage or wear and tear that might be caused by a service animal if
86 the owner or lessor would charge a similar deposit to other persons for potential wear and tear.
87 (c) An owner or lessor of private housing accommodations may not, in any manner,
88 discriminate against a person with a disability on the basis of the person's possession of a
89 service animal.
90 (2) A person who is not a person with a disability has the right to be accompanied by
91 an animal that is in training to become a service animal:
92 (a) in any of the places specified in Section 62A-5b-103 ; and
93 (b) without additional charge for the animal.
94 (3) A person with a disability is liable for any loss or damage caused or inflicted to the
95 premises by the person's service animal.
96 (4) A person accompanied by a service animal is encouraged to identify the animal by
97 exhibiting one or more of the following:
98 (a) the animal's laminated identification card;
99 (b) the animal's service vest; or
100 (c) another form of identification.
106 Section 3. Section 76-9-307 is amended to read:
107 76-9-307. Injury to service animals -- Penalties.
108 (1) As used in this section:
109 (a) "Disability" has the same meaning as defined in Section 62A-5b-102 .
110 (b) "Search and rescue dog" means a dog:
111 (i) with documented training to locate persons who are:
112 (A) lost, missing, or injured; or
113 (B) trapped under debris as the result of a natural or man-made event; and
114 (ii) affiliated with an established search and rescue dog organization.
115 (c) "Service animal" means:
116 (i) a service animal as defined in Section 62A-5b-102 ; or
119 (2) It is a class A misdemeanor for a person to knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly
120 cause substantial bodily injury or death to a service animal.
121 (3) It is a class A misdemeanor for a person who owns, keeps, harbors, or exercises
122 control over an animal to knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly fail to exercise sufficient
123 control over the animal to prevent it from causing:
124 (a) any substantial bodily injury or the death of a service animal; or
125 (b) the service animal's subsequent inability to function as a service animal as a result
126 of the animal's attacking, chasing, or harassing the service animal.
127 (4) It is a class B misdemeanor for a person to chase or harass a service animal.
128 (5) It is a class B misdemeanor for a person who owns, keeps, harbors, or exercises
129 control over an animal to knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly fail to exercise sufficient
130 control over the animal to prevent it from chasing or harassing a service animal while it is
131 carrying out its functions as a service animal, to the extent that the animal temporarily
132 interferes with the service animal's ability to carry out its functions.
133 (6) (a) A service animal is exempt from quarantine or other animal control ordinances
134 if it bites any person while it is subject to an offense under Subsection (2), (3), (4), or (5).
135 (b) The owner of the service animal or the person with a disability whom the service
136 animal serves shall make the animal available for examination at any reasonable time and shall
137 notify the local health officer if the animal exhibits any abnormal behavior.
138 (7) In addition to any other penalty, a person convicted of any violation of this section
139 is liable for restitution to the owner of the service animal or the person with a disability whom
140 the service animal serves for the replacement, training, and veterinary costs incurred as a result
141 of the violation of this section.
142 (8) If the act committed under this section amounts to an offense subject to a greater
143 penalty under another provision of Title 76, Utah Criminal Code, than is provided under this
144 section, this section does not prohibit prosecution and sentencing for the more serious offense.
145 Section 4. Section 78B-3-701 is amended to read:
146 78B-3-701. Definitions.
147 As used in this part:
148 (1) "Disability" has the same meaning as defined in Section 62A-5b-102 .
149 (2) "Search and rescue dog" means a dog:
150 (a) with documented training to locate persons who are:
151 (i) lost, missing, or injured; or
152 (ii) trapped under debris as the result of a natural or man-made event; and
153 (b) affiliated with an established search and rescue dog organization.
154 (3) "Service animal" means:
155 (a) a service animal, as defined in Section 62A-5b-102 ; or
Legislative Review Note
as of 9-23-08 11:38 AM