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Bill Detail: HB19-1144

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Title Court Facility Dog For Child Witness Testimony
Status House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors T. Sullivan (D)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/29/2019
Description

The bill allows a court, upon motion of a party or upon its own
motion, to allow a child witness to testify during trial proceedings while
accompanied by a court facility dog.
The bill requires a court facility dog to have graduated from
training in providing support to witnesses testifying during trial
proceedings without causing a distraction during trial proceedings. The

training must be provided by a properly accredited organization.
The bill requires the court to instruct the jury on the role of the
court facility dog so that the presence of the court facility dog does not
improperly influence the jury.
The bill clarifies that nothing within the bill precludes or interferes
with the rights of a qualified individual with a disability who is
accompanied by a service animal pursuant to state or federal law.

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