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  • NJ S1359
  • Guarantees full and equal access to all housing to disabled persons who retain their retired service or guide dog as a pet, and who also obtain a new service or guide dog.
Introduced
(2/11/2016)
In Committee
(10/13/2016)
Crossed Over
(8/1/2016)
Passed
(6/22/2017)
Signed
(8/7/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would guarantee, under the "Law Against Discrimination," full and equal access to all housing to disabled persons who retain their retired service or guide dog as a pet, and who also obtain a new service or guide dog to replace the retired service or guide dog. Once a service or guide dog retires, due to age, infirmity, or other reason, from its work as a service or guide dog to a disabled person, it is considered a pet. This "change in status" can be an obstacle for a disabled person who wants to keep their retired service or guide dog as a pet, because if that person lives in housing that does not allow for pets, or allows only one pet (which would be the current service or guide dog), then the retired service or guide dog is returned to the service agency and likely adopted by another person or family pursuant to the service agency's protocol. This turn of events is stressful not only for the dog, who would lose its long-time home and family, but also for the disabled person, who has developed a love for, and attachment to, their service or guide dog, and who wants the dog to live out its remaining years with him or her. The provisions of this bill make absolutely clear under the "Law Against Discrimination" that a disabled person who uses a service or guide dog, and who wants to retain their retired service or guide dog as a pet, shall have full and equal access to all housing.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Community and Urban Affairs, Human Services, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.187.  (on 8/7/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
8/7/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.187.
6/22/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (75-0-0)
6/22/2017 A Substituted for A4096
10/13/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
10/13/2016 Assembly Human Services Hearing (14:00 10/13/2016 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
9/8/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee
8/1/2016 S Passed by the Senate (38-0)
6/16/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/16/2016 Senate Community and Urban Affairs Hearing (11:00 6/16/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
2/11/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A4096 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 10/13/2016 Assembly Human Services Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0
Detail 8/1/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 38 0 2
Detail 6/16/2016 Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0