People who misrepresent use of emotional support animals could face charges

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The concept of pets on planes has become a hot-button issue of late as emotional support animals have become more prominent than ever. (Shelly Yang/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
The concept of pets on planes has become a hot-button issue of late as emotional support animals have become more prominent than ever. (Shelly Yang/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Lawmakers have sent Gov. Ron DeSantis eight more bills passed during the 2020 legislative session. One of the bills involves an effort to stop people from misrepresenting the use of emotional support animals.

HB 209, in part, would allow landlords to require proof of compliance with state and local licensing and vaccination requirements for emotional support animals.

People who falsify written documents or knowingly misrepresent the use of emotional support animals could face second-degree misdemeanors.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Sam Killebrew (R-Winter Haven), also requires landlords to allow housing for people who legally have emotional support animals.

“What people are doing is going online and for $49.95 they can get a harness and a card and say, β€˜this is my emotional support animal’. There is no way, basically, for landlords to disprove that,” Killebrew said.

The governor has until June 30 to act on the bill.

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