HB 2395: Service Animals; ID Cards
This bill requires ADOT to issue service animal identification cards that contain a list of specified information (if a handler applies for a service animal ID). However, an identification card is not required for a service animal to enter a public place.
[Bill was defeated in the House by a vote of 12 to 47 and considered dead for this legislature.]
First sponsor: Rep. Thorpe
ADC Position: Oppose
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifically forbids requiring identification cards for service animals. Under the ADA, service animals are permitted to go wherever a person can go in public.
Many persons with disabilities train their own service animals because they cannot afford the costs of professionally trained animals.
Businesses are only permitted to ask two questions under the ADA:
Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
Education of businesses is the solution rather than a law that disproportionately and negatively affects people with disabilities.
This bill is unnecessary and does solve the problem of people taking pets into public places.