New bill seeks to regulate support animals

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A bill introduced Monday in the Utah State House proposed new regulations for support animals.

The State Rep. James Dunnigan’s bill, H.B. 43, would bar landlords from discriminating against tenants with support animals, “including by charging an extra fee or deposit for a service animal or a support animal,” but it allows them to “recover a reasonable cost to repair damage” caused by the animal.

The bill clarified that a “support animal” is not the same thing as a “service animal,” defining support animals as an animal “other than a service animal, that qualifies as a reasonable accommodation under federal law for an individual with a disability.”

The bill would also make it a Class C Misdemeanor to lie to a health care provider to get the necessary documentation to obtain a support animal designation. It is already illegal to lie to get a service animal designation.

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