Emotional support animals

The House Judiciary Committee heard SB 240 relating to emotional support animals sponsored by Rep. Siegrist. The bill defines “emotional support animal,” specifies who may use an emotional support animal, who may prescribe an emotional support animal, and when an individual may be prescribed an emotional support animal,  and provides that an individual with a disability that is not readily apparent who submits a request for an emotional support animal that falsely suggests the individual has a disability that entitles the individual to the use of an emotional support animal in a dwelling commits a Class A infraction.

Testimony in support of the bill was presented by Indiana K-9 Assistance Group, Granite Student Living, Manufactured Housing Association, and the Indiana Apartment Association.

Testimony in opposition was presented by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.  The bill passed 8-1.

Read the bill at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/senate/240.