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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends the Rights and Privileges of a Person with a Disability Act by
10 changing the definition of a "service animal."
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . amends the definition of a "service animal" to follow the federal definition; and
14 . makes technical changes.
15 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17 Other Special Clauses:
19 Utah Code Sections Affected:
21 62A-5b-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 110
23 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24 Section 1. Section 62A-5b-102 is amended to read:
25 62A-5b-102. Definitions.
26 As used in this chapter:
27 (1) "Disability" has the same meaning as defined in 42 U.S.C. 12102 of the Americans
28 With Disabilities Act of 1990, as may be amended in the future, and 28 C.F.R. 36.104 of the
29 Code of Federal Regulations, as may be amended in the future.
30 (2) "Restaurant":
31 (a) includes any coffee shop, cafeteria, luncheonette, soda fountain, dining room, or
32 fast-food service where food is prepared or served for immediate consumption; and
33 (b) does not include:
34 (i) any retail establishment whose primary business or function is the sale of fuel or
35 food items for off-premise, but not immediate, consumption; and
36 (ii) except for a dinner theater, a theater that sells food items.
48 (3) (a) "Service animal" includes any dog that:
49 (i) is trained, or is in training, to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an
50 individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other
51 mental disability;
52 (ii) performs work or tasks, or is in training to perform work or tasks, that are directly
53 related to the individual's disability, including:
54 (A) assisting an individual who is blind or has low vision with navigation or other
56 (B) alerting an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or
58 (C) providing non-violent protection or rescue work;
59 (D) pulling a wheelchair;
60 (E) assisting an individual during a seizure;
61 (F) alerting an individual to the presence of an allergen;
62 (G) retrieving an item for the individual;
63 (H) providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to an
64 individual with a mobility disability; or
65 (I) helping an individual with a psychiatric or neurological disability by preventing or
66 interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.
67 (b) "Service animal" does not include:
68 (i) an animal other than a dog, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained; or
69 (ii) an animal used solely to provide:
70 (A) a crime deterrent;
71 (B) emotional support;
72 (C) well-being;
73 (D) comfort; or
74 (E) companionship.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-2-11 3:05 PM