Nevada Legislature: Bill would give businesses leeway to turn away animals

Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would limit the kinds of service animals a business legally must allow inside.

The Assembly Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to review AB157 on Wednesday.

It would clarify in Nevada law that companies are only required to allow trained service dogs in their businesses and can turn away customers who want to bring in other service or comfort animals.

The bill would bring Nevada in line with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires businesses to admit trained dogs but gives them discretion on allowing other animals. Federal law also recognizes that miniature horses can assist people with disabilities, but allows businesses to decline them.

The measure was proposed by the Nevada Resort Association, which represents casinos.


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