BILL NO A07958
SAME AS SAME AS S03866
COSPNSR Colton, Gottfried
MLTSPNSR Arroyo, Cook, DiPietro, Galef, Hikind, Malliotakis, Markey,
McLaughlin, O'Donnell, Rivera, Schimel
Amd S47-b, Civ Rts L
Defines a "three-unit service dog team" and grants rights and privileges to
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil rights law, in relation to
defining a "three-unit service dog team" and granting rights and
privileges to such teams
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill will allow individuals who are training service dogs as part
of a three-unit service team to have the same rights and privileges
under article 4-B of the civil rights law as a person with a
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Provides that persons who are part of a three-unit service
dog team, while engaged in continuing training of a service dog, will
have the same rights and privileges as a person with a disability
under Article 4-B of the Civil Rights Law. A three-unit service dog
team is defined as a team consisting of a person with a disability, a
trained service dog, and a person over the age of eighteen who has
been trained to handle a service dog.
This bill will ensure that individuals who are engaged in continued
training of a service dog for a person with a disability will not be
The Federal Government recognized that the person with a disability
may not be the individual handling the service dog, and the federal
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was amended to reflect this
situation. The Slate of Virginia also recognized this issue and passed
a law creating the three-unit service team to ensure that individuals
who are handling a service dog on behalf of a person with a disability
will not be discriminated against. This bill will follow the Federal
Government and Virginia's lead on this important issue.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None to the State.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
June 12, 2013
Introduced by M. of A. JAFFEE -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Governmental Operations
AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to defining a "three-
unit service dog team" and granting rights and privileges to such
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Section 47-b of the civil rights law is amended by adding a
2 new subdivision 3-a to read as follows:
3 3-A. PERSONS WHO ARE PART OF A THREE-UNIT SERVICE DOG TEAM, WHILE
4 ENGAGED IN CONTINUING TRAINING OF A SERVICE DOG, SHALL HAVE THE SAME
5 RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES SET FORTH FOR PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY IN THIS
6 ARTICLE. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, "THREE-UNIT SERVICE DOG TEAM"
7 SHALL MEAN A TEAM CONSISTING OF A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY, A TRAINED
8 SERVICE DOG, AND A PERSON OVER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN WHO HAS BEEN TRAINED
9 TO HANDLE A SERVICE DOG.
10 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.