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Concerning service animals

Penalizes the intentional misrepresentation of a service animal. States that a person has committed a civil infraction and will be assessed a monetary penalty for the crime of misrepresentation of a service animal. The maximum penalty and default amount is five hundred dollars.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 1ST SUBSTITUTE
(1) Incorporates miniature horses into the definition of service animal; (2) Provides that the definition of service animal does not apply to discrimination statutes pertaining to housing accommodations or real estate transactions; (3) Repeals the statute related to food establishments as the definition of service animal will apply to all public accommodations; (4) Adds language establishing the parameters of what an enforcement officer and place of public accommodation may inquire based on federal law; and (5) Makes other technical changes and minor substantive revisions.

Hearing Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 -- 10:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2822&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)