HB16-1201 - Health Professionals Companion Animals

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning The Requirement That Certain Medical Professionals Make A Finding Regarding The Disability Of A Patient Who Requests The Use Of An Animal As A Reasonable Accommodation In Housing When That Animal Does Not Meet The Definition Of A Service Animal.

The bill requires the following medical professionals, when approached by a patient seeking a companion or emotional support animal, to make a finding regarding whether the patient has a disability or a finding that there is insufficient evidence to make a disability determination:

  • Physicians, physician assistants, and anesthesiologist assistants ( section 1 of the bill);
  • Nurses ( section 2 ); and
  • Psychologists, social workers, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, and addiction counselors ( section 3 ).
Latest update: March 3, 2016
03/03/2016 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely
02/04/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment