AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House has passed a bill allowing military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to have service dogs.
The proposal by San Antonio Democratic Rep. Jose Menendez was sent to the Senate on Wednesday by a 120-21 vote.
In addition to expanding who can get service dogs, the bill ensures that the animals are allowed into restaurants and food stores.
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 clarifying that only dogs — not other service animals — can gain access to certain public places.
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