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2019 House Bill 4910: Criminalize false emotional support animal claim
Introduced by Rep. Matt Hall (R) on September 3, 2019
To make it a crime to falsely represent to a housing provider that a person has a disability or is in possession of an emotional support animal prescribed by a licensed medical service professional, and permit a housing provider to require reliable documentation from the individual's health care provider to confirm this status. The bill would also establish procedures, standards and required credentials (including state licensure) for a medical professional prescribing an “emotional support animal.” Falsely claiming this status, or falsely prescribing for it, would be subject to fines, jail or community service.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on September 3, 2019
Reported in the House on December 3, 2019
Refer to the Committee on Judiciary with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on December 3, 2019
Reported in the House on March 3, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Matt Hall (R) on March 17, 2020
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2020
Received in the Senate on April 16, 2020
Recalled to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on April 16, 2020