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Michigan House Bill 5486: Service Animals

A bipartisan group of Michigan House of Representatives put forward House Bill 5486 to amend section 502c of the Public Act 328 (Michigan Penal Code) for service animals. The introduced bill provides for public accommodation for service animals for disable individuals including specific provisions for miniature horses.

The bill also provides for accommodation for service animals being trained or socialized by either a trainer or animal raiser. In all instances, the animals must be under control and housetrained.

Businesses cannot ask for documentation of the animal, except if the animal is required because of a disability, and the nature of the work the animal has been trained to perform. Animals can only be kept out of places where extreme sterility is required, e.g. burn unit or surgery suite. This bill supersedes local codes restricting animals from food preparation and food service areas.

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform, and is available for viewing here.

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