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SF 2693

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/05/2020 09:37am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to housing; permitting a landlord to require a tenant to provide
documentation supporting the tenant's need for a service or support animal;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 256C.02; 363A.09, subdivision 5;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 504B.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256C.02, is amended to read:


256C.02 PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS.

People who are blind or people with a visual or physical disability have the same right
as the able-bodied to the full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways,
public buildings, public facilities, and other public places; and are entitled to full and equal
accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes,
motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, boats, or any other public conveyances or
modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement,
or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions
and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.

Every person who is totally or partially blind, or person who is deaf, or person with a
physical disability, or any person training a dog to be a service dog shall have the right to
be accompanied by a service dog in any of the places listed in section 363A.19. The person
shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog. deleted text beginThe service
dog must be capable of being properly identified as from a recognized school for seeing
eye, hearing ear, service, or guide dogs.
deleted text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 363A.09, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Real property full and equal access.

It is an unfair discriminatory practice
for a person to deny full and equal access to real property provided for in sections 363A.08
to 363A.19, and 363A.28, subdivision 10, to a person who deleted text beginis totally or partially blind, deaf,
or has a physical or sensory
deleted text endnew text begin has anew text end disability and who uses a service animaldeleted text begin, if the service
animal can be properly identified as being from a recognized program which trains service
animals to aid persons who are totally or partially blind or deaf or have physical or sensory
disabilities
deleted text end. The person may not be required to pay extra compensation for the service animal
but is liable for damage done to the premises by the service animal.

Sec. 3.

new text begin [504B.113] SERVICE AND SUPPORT ANIMAL DOCUMENTATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Service animal" has the meaning given in Code of Federal Regulations, title 28,
section 36.104, as amended.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Support animal" means an animal that: (1) provides emotional support that alleviates
one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person's disability; and (2) does not need
to be trained to perform a specific disability-related task.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Tenant" means a current tenant or a prospective tenant.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Licensed professional" means a provider of care who is:
new text end

new text begin (1) a person licensed by the Board of Medical Practice under chapter 147;
new text end

new text begin (2) a physician assistant licensed under chapter 147A;
new text end

new text begin (3) a nurse, as defined in section 148.171, subdivision 9, licensed under chapter 148;
new text end

new text begin (4) a psychologist licensed under chapter 148;
new text end

new text begin (5) a mental health professional licensed under chapter 148B;
new text end

new text begin (6) a social worker licensed under chapter 148E;
new text end

new text begin (7) a counselor licensed under chapter 148F; or
new text end

new text begin (8) any professional listed in clauses (1) to (7) who holds a valid license in any other
state, provided the professional has an existing treatment relationship with the tenant
requesting a reasonable accommodation.
new text end

new text begin A licensed professional does not include any person who operates primarily to provide
certification for a service or support animal.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Reasonable accommodation" means the granting of a waiver by a landlord of a
no-pets or pet-fee policy for a person with a disability consistent with the Fair Housing Act,
United States Code, title 42, sections 3601 to 3619, as amended, and section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, United States Code, title 29, section 701, as amended.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Request for documentation permitted. new text end

new text begin (a) A landlord may require a tenant
to provide supporting documentation for each service or support animal for which the tenant
requests a reasonable accommodation under any provision of law. A landlord must not
require supporting documentation from a tenant if the tenant's disability or disability-related
need for a service or support animal is readily apparent or already known to the landlord.
new text end

new text begin (b) Upon a landlord's request, the tenant must provide supporting documentation from
a licensed professional confirming the tenant's disability and the relationship between the
tenant's disability and the need for a service or support animal. A landlord must not require
the tenant to disclose or provide access to medical records or medical providers or provide
any other information or documentation of a person's physical or mental disability.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Additional fees or deposits prohibited. new text end

new text begin A landlord must not require a tenant
with a reasonable accommodation under this section to pay an additional fee, charge, or
deposit for the service or support animal. A tenant is liable to the landlord for any damage
to the premises caused by the service or support animal.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Prohibited conduct. new text end

new text begin A tenant must not, directly or indirectly through statements
or conduct, knowingly:
new text end

new text begin (1) misrepresent themselves as a person with a disability that requires the use of a service
or support animal; or
new text end

new text begin (2) provide fraudulent supporting documentation under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Penalty. new text end

new text begin If a tenant violates this section, the landlord may deny the tenant's
rental application or request for a service or support animal. Nothing in this section shall
be construed to prohibit an eviction action based on a breach of the lease.
new text end