Texas House OKs Bill Allowing Veterans With PTSD To Have Service Dogs

AUSTIN (May 1, 2013)--The Texas House passed a bill Wednesday that would allow military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to have service dogs and that would ensure the dogs are allowed into restaurants and food stores.

The proposal by state Rep. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, was sent to the Senate on Wednesday by a 120-21 vote.

It includes a fine of $300 and community service for discriminating against a disabled person.

Some lawmaker debate focused on whether restaurant and other business owners who could face criminal penalties for attempting to verify that an animal is being used to assist a disabled person.

Also, it passed with an amendment that specifies that dogs, but no other service animals can gain access to certain public places.

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