AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has passed a bill allowing military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to have service dogs.
The proposal by San Antonio Democratic Rep. Jose Menendez was sent to the Senate on Wednesday by a 120-21 vote.
In addition to expanding who can get service dogs, the bill ensures that the animals are allowed into restaurants and food stores.
It includes a fine of $300 and community service for discriminating against a disabled person.
Some of the debate focused on whether restaurant and other business owners who could face criminal penalties for attempting to verify that an animal is being used to assist a disabled person.
Also, it passed with an amendment clarifying that only dogs — not other service animals — can gain access to certain public places.
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Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.