BILL NO A05788
SAME AS SAME AS S04317
COSPNSR Cusick, Gottfried, Weprin, Jaffee
Amd SS292 & 296, rpld S292 subs 32 & 33, Exec L; amd S47-b, Civ Rts L; amd
S108, Ag & Mkts L; amd S147, Transp L; amd S223-b, Pub Hous L
Relates to service animals, guide dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs.
BILL NO A05788
03/06/2013 referred to governmental operations
04/25/2013 advanced to third reading cal.222
06/03/2013 passed assembly
06/03/2013 delivered to senate
06/03/2013 REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
06/04/2013 SUBSTITUTED FOR S4317
06/04/2013 3RD READING CAL.315
06/21/2013 SUBSTITUTION RECONSIDERED
06/21/2013 COMMITTED TO RULES
01/08/2014 DIED IN SENATE
01/08/2014 RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
01/08/2014 ordered to third reading cal.271
05/19/2014 passed assembly
05/19/2014 delivered to senate
05/19/2014 REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
06/18/2014 SUBSTITUTED FOR S4317
06/18/2014 3RD READING CAL.674
06/18/2014 PASSED SENATE
06/18/2014 RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
12/17/2014 delivered to governor
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, the civil rights
law, the agriculture and markets law, the transportation law and the
public housing law, in relation to service animals, guide dogs,
hearing dogs or service dogs; and to repeal certain provisions of the
executive law relating thereto
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to update
and provide clarity to state laws regarding people with disabilities
and service animals.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would amend the Human Rights
Law to define the terms "service animal" which would include, but
would not be limited to, any guide, hearing, or service dog. Those
terms would have the same definition as they are defined in the Civil
The bill would also clarify that a person engaged in training a dog to
aid a person with a disability has the same rights and privileges as
outlined in the Civil Rights Law as possessed by a person with a
Furthermore, the requirements that guide, hearing, or service, and
therapy dogs be owned and/or trained by a qualified person or dog
training center would be removed and the requirement that such dogs be
"properly harnessed" would be amended so that they would only have to
be "under the control of a person with a disability.
Finally, the requirement that a tenant who has a hearing dog must
provide documentation of his or her impairment would be removed.
JUSTIFICATION: It is important to update and clarify New York State
laws regarding service animals in order to reduce discrimination and
allow those with disabilities to better function in a least
restrictive environment. In addition, this bill brings New York State
into compliance with federal laws on this topic.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None noted.
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
March 6, 2013
Introduced by M. of A. BENEDETTO -- read once and referred to the
Committee on Governmental Operations
AN ACT to amend the executive law, the civil rights law, the agriculture
and markets law, the transportation law and the public housing law, in
relation to service animals, guide dogs, hearing dogs or service dogs;
and to repeal certain provisions of the executive law relating thereto
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Subdivisions 32 and 33 of section 292 of the executive law
2 are REPEALED and subdivision 31, as added by chapter 133 of the laws of
3 2007, is amended to read as follows:
4 31. The term "guide dog" [means any dog that is trained to aid a
5 person who is blind by a recognized guide dog training center or profes-
6 sional guide dog trainer, and is actually used for such purpose], "HEAR-
7 ING DOG" OR "SERVICE DOG" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS THOSE TERMS ARE
8 DEFINED IN SECTION FORTY-SEVEN-B OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS LAW.
9 S 2. Subdivision 14 of section 296 of the executive law, as amended by
10 chapter 133 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows:
11 14. It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any person
12 engaged in any activity covered by this section to discriminate against
13 a blind person, a hearing impaired person or a person with [a] ANOTHER
14 disability on the basis of his or her use of a guide dog, hearing dog or
15 service dog.
16 S 3. Subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 47-b of the civil rights law, as
17 amended by chapter 404 of the laws of 1986, are amended and a new subdi-
18 vision 7 is added to read as follows:
19 3. [Persons qualified to train dogs] A PERSON ENGAGED IN TRAINING A
20 DOG to [aid and] guide OR OTHERWISE AID persons with a disability, while
21 engaged in such training activities, AND A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY FOR
22 WHOM THE DOG IS BEING TRAINED, shall have the same rights and privileges
23 set forth for persons with a disability in this article.
24 4. The term "guide dog", OR "hearing dog" [or "service dog"] shall
25 mean a dog [which] THAT is [properly harnessed] UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE
26 PERSON USING OR TRAINING IT and has been or is being trained [by a qual-
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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1 ified person,] to [aid and] guide OR OTHERWISE TO AID a person with a
3 7. "SERVICE DOG" MEANS ANY DOG UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE PERSON USING
4 OR TRAINING IT AND THAT HAS BEEN OR IS BEING INDIVIDUALLY TRAINED TO DO
5 WORK OR PERFORM TASKS FOR THE BENEFIT OF A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY.
6 S 4. Subdivisions 9, 21, 22 and 26 of section 108 of the agriculture
7 and markets law, subdivisions 9 and 21 as amended by chapter 404 of the
8 laws of 1986, subdivision 22 as amended by chapter 39 of the laws of
9 2002 and subdivision 26 as added by chapter 558 of the laws of 2002, are
10 amended to read as follows:
11 9. "Guide dog" means any dog that is trained to aid a person who is
12 blind and is actually used for such purpose, or any dog [owned by a
13 recognized guide dog training center located within the state] during
14 the period such dog is being trained or bred for such purpose.
15 21. "Hearing dog" means any dog that is trained to aid a person with a
16 hearing impairment and is actually used for such purpose, or any dog
17 [owned by a recognized training center located within the state] during
18 the period such dog is being trained or bred for such purpose.
19 22. "Service dog" means any dog that has been or is being individually
20 trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a
21 disability[, provided that the dog is or will be owned by such person or
22 that person's parent, guardian or other legal representative].
23 26. "Therapy dog" means any dog that is trained to aid the emotional
24 and physical health of patients in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement
25 homes and other settings and is actually used for such purpose, or any
26 dog [owned by a recognized training center located within the state]
27 during the period such dog is being trained or bred for such purpose.
28 S 5. Section 147 of the transportation law, as amended by chapter 404
29 of the laws of 1986, is amended to read as follows:
30 S 147. Dogs accompanying persons with a disability. Subject to such
31 rules and regulations as the commissioner may prescribe, all common and
32 contract carriers of passengers by motor vehicle shall permit a guide
33 dog, hearing dog or service dog [properly harnessed,] AS DEFINED IN
34 SECTION FORTY-SEVEN-B OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS LAW accompanying a person with
35 a disability, as defined in subdivision twenty-one of section two
36 hundred ninety-two of the executive law, to [aid and guide] ACCOMPANY,
37 TO GUIDE, OR OTHERWISE TO AID such person, to ride on all vehicles oper-
38 ated for transportation and no charge shall be made for the transporta-
39 tion of such dog.
40 S 6. Section 223-b of the public housing law, as added by chapter 689
41 of the laws of 1980, is amended to read as follows:
42 S 223-b. Discrimination against A PERSON WITH A hearing [impaired
43 persons] IMPAIRMENT who [have] HAS A hearing [dogs] DOG. No [hearing
44 impaired] person who has a hearing impairment [manifested by a speech
45 discrimination score of forty percent or less in the better ear with
46 appropriate correction as certified by a licensed audiologist or otorhi-
47 nolaryngologist as defined in section seven hundred eighty-one of the
48 general business law, or a physician who has examined such person pursu-
49 ant to the provisions of section seven hundred eighty-four of such law,]
50 shall be denied occupancy in a dwelling in any project or be subjected
51 to eviction from any such dwelling on the sole ground that such person
52 owns a hearing dog AS DEFINED IN SECTION FORTY-SEVEN-B OF THE CIVIL
53 RIGHTS LAW, provided, however, that if after occupancy a health hazard
54 results on account of such dog, the public health officer having juris-
55 diction may take such corrective measures as may be appropriate.
56 S 7. This act shall take effect immediately.