Lito Lapid’s Proposed Bill Will Allow Service Animals Inside Malls

The recent mall incident prompted the Senator to file a bill stopping discrimination among people with disabilities.
posted on: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Remember the Robinsons incident? The incident where a man with disability was denied entrance because he wanted to bring his assistance dog along? Well, Senator Lito Lapid has an answer to that one.

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Introducing Senate Bill 2387, a bill seeking to protect people with disabilities (PWDs) who are assisted by service animals. The bill directs all offices and establishments in the country to allow PWDs with service animals to enter their facilities.

According to Lapid, “There are no existing laws recognizing and providing for the rights of PWDs accompanied by service animals. Without such a law, said PWDs do not have full access to employment, transportation, and public accommodation and services.”

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The Lapid bill also prohibits any person or establishment to ask PWDs to remove the service animal from a facility. It shall also be unlawful to deny any PWD occupancy of any dwelling unit, the bill also said.

So, is the bill really needed? You be the judge.

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