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Perry to sign service animal in public places law

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is signing into law a bill ensuring that restaurants and food stores allow service dogs, including those for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Perry takes part in a ceremony Friday in San Antonio at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall. The plan is sponsored by Rep. Jose Menendez of San Antonio.

The measure limits how much employees can ask disabled people about entering with dogs — even those with PTSD, or other disorders that aren’t visibly obvious. The bill also includes a fine for discriminating against a disabled person.

Concerns had been raised that business owners could face criminal penalties for attempting to verify the service animals are actually being used to assist disabled people.

 

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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