Virginia Accommodation of Assistive Animal Legislation Moves to Full House Vote

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Accommodation of Assistive Animal Requests

After a lengthy review by the Virginia Housing Commission during the legislative interim, Senator George Barker (D-Alexandria) and Delegate Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) introduced legislation to address fraudulent requests for accommodation of assistive animals in rental housing.  H.B. 2006 and S.B. 1228 stipulate the process for handling of such requests and require a “therapeutic relationship” between the individual requesting accommodation and the person serving to verify their disability/disability related need for an assistive animal.  Senator Barker’s S.B. 1228 was docketed for consideration this week in the Senate Committee on General Laws & Technology, but was subsequently deferred.  H.B. 2006 was unanimously approved this week and advanced through the Housing Subcommittee and the full House Committee on General Laws.  It will be placed on the consent docket and slated for a vote of the full House early next week.