- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona House panel unanimously voted down a proposal that would have forced the owners of service animals to get permits and allow restaurant owners to bar the animals for health reasons.

The House Government and Higher Education committee blocked Flagstaff Rep. Bob Thorpe’s proposal after dozens of people who use guide dogs and other service animals packed Thursday’s meeting.

House Bill 2179 would have required a permit showing pictures of the animal and its handler. It also made it a crime to outfit a pet with a service animal leash or vest if hadn’t been formally trained.

Service animal owners testified the rules would make their lives more difficult and risked violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Thorpe voted against his own bill and then withdrew the proposal.

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