HR 5020

Version: Introduced+in+House
Author: Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA)

H. R. 4952 (Introduced-in-House)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4952


To direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations to revise title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require an air carrier to permit eligible service animals to accompany eligible veterans during travel, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 31, 2019

Ms. Cheney introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations to revise title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require an air carrier to permit eligible service animals to accompany eligible veterans during travel, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Strengthening Support For Veterans with Service Animals Act”.

SEC. 2. Rulemaking for veterans traveling with service dogs.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Transportation shall issue such regulations as are necessary to revise section 382.117 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require an air carrier to permit an eligible service animal to accompany an eligible veteran during travel if such veteran provides—

(1) the documentation described in subsection (e) of such section 382.117 (as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act); or

(2) a valid veterans identification card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs that contains a service-connected disability designation.

(b) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) ELIGIBLE VETERAN.—The term “eligible veteran” means a veteran with a service-connected disability (as such terms are defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code).

(2) ELIGIBLE SERVICE ANIMAL.—The term “eligible service animal” means a dog certified to serve as a service animal with credentials from an entity approved by the Secretary.