State of Texas House Bill No. 489 is in effect as of January 1, 2014. It was signed on June 7, 2013.
This bill echoes the spirit and intent of the 2010 ADA Amendments Act. HB 489 prohibits restaurants and other establishments from refusing to allow entry to service dogs or any disabled person. This bill will expand the definition of a service dog to include those who help people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
A ‘service animal’ means a dog that is specially trained (or currently in training) or equipped to help a person with a disability. Dogs of all
breeds and sizes can be service dogs when they are properly trained. Examples of service dogs are shown throughout this page. Note: an animal that provides only comfort or emotional support to a person is NOT a service animal.
A ‘person with a disability’ means a person who has:
- a mental or physical disability
- an intellectual or developmental disability
- a hearing impairment
- a visual impairment/ Blind
- a speech impairment
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- or any health problem that requires special ambulatory devices or services