Bill amending Idaho's service dog law advances to House

Currently, Idaho law only allows people with visual, hearing and mobility disabilities to use a service animal.

BOISE - An Idaho House panel has advanced legislation allowing people with mental disabilities to use a service animal.

Currently, Idaho law only allows people with visual, hearing and mobility disabilities to use a service animal.

SB 1296 would expand that definition to include mental disabilities, aligning state law more with what's already permitted under federal law.

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Advocates say the change is needed to help people like veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. However, critics warned the bill's definitions were too vague and needed to be amended.

The House Health and Welfare Committee agreed to advance the proposal to the House floor on Tuesday. The measure has already unanimously passed the Senate.