Fake service dog bill goes to governor

PBPO News:

The Governor has been sent a bill to punish owners of fake service dogs, and to protect people with invisible disabilities who use service animals.

Although much of the bill, HB 71, reiterates rights and rules included in the Americans with Disabilities Act, it also makes misrepresenting your pet as a service animal or harassing a disabled person with a service dog a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by 30 hours of community service for an organization that assists the disabled or other group decided by a judge.

The community service must be completed in six months.

If Gov. If Rick Scott does not sign or veto the bill before June 16, it will become law. The law will become effective July 1.