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South Dakota Senate Bill 84 seeks to provide additional categories in its Service Animal Definition.  The bill will be considered by the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:45 AM in Room 412.

South Dakota law already allows individuals who are totally or partially physically disabled, totally or partially blind, or totally or partially deaf to be accompanied by a service animal and to access hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusements or resorts, and other places to which the general public is invited, without being required to pay an extra charge for the service animal. SB 84 would extend that benefit to those with a psychiatric disability or mental disability, and those without a disability but who are accompanied by an animal that is in training to become a service animal.

Those who support SB 84 are encouraged to contact the members of the South Dakota Senate Local Government Committee and offer support.

State Senator Phil Jensen, Committee Chairman –

State Senator Gary L. Cammack –

State Senator Bob Ewing –

State Senator Al Novstrup –

State Senator Wayne Steinhauer –

State Senator Susan Wismer –

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at 919-816-3720, or email