“I fully support the use of therapy animals. We’ve learned that they can be incredibly helpful for someone suffering from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other conditions.
“Recently, we’ve heard complaints and discovered the existence of several fraudulent or uncertified entities offering false certifications for these animals.
“Under this legislation, in order to have an emotional support animal, one would need only to obtain a doctor’s note stating the animal assists in day-to-day activities that the individual would otherwise not be able to do.
“The goal of this legislation is to maintain the integrity of these very important service animals for those who truly need them.
“Landlords who allowed animals under the previous belief that they were a certified support animal could also evict the tenant if the tenant is found guilty.
“As this bill continues through the legislative process, I encourage those with questions or concerns to contact my office at 855-347-8028.”