HARRISBURG – The state Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee approved legislation sponsored by York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill that would exempt certain service dogs from licensing fees. Senate Bill 36 amends the state’s Dog Law to exempt service dogs and their handlers from paying for licensing fees if those canines are used by Sheriffs’ offices, fire departments and/or for rescue or emergency medical services. It would require service dogs seeking an exemption to have their explanation filled out using the letterhead of the emergency or public safety group seeking an exemption. The state’s Dog Law currently exempts state and local police K-9 units, as well as service dogs used by individuals who are disabled from having to pay the licensing fees. The bill heads to the full Senate for its consideration.

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL