Substitute Senate Bill No. 604
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 604

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-61


AN  ACT  CONCERNING ATTACKS ON GUIDE DOGS OF BLIND
OR DISABLED PERSONS AND THE EVICTION  OF  PERSONAL
CARE  ASSISTANTS  EMPLOYED  BY  BLIND  OR DISABLED
PERSONS.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1. Section  22-364b  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The owner or  keeper  of  a dog shall restrain
and control such  dog  on a leash when such dog is
not on the  property of its owner or keeper and is
in proximity to a blind, deaf or mobility impaired
person accompanied by  his guide dog, provided the
guide dog is  in the direct custody of such blind,
deaf or mobility  impaired  person,  is  wearing a
harness  or an  orange-colored  leash  and  collar
which makes it readily-identifiable as a guide dog
and is licensed in accordance with section 22-345.
Any person who  violates  the  provisions  of this
section shall have  committed an infraction. IF AN
OWNER OR KEEPER  OF  A DOG VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS
OF  THIS  SECTION   AND,   AS  A  RESULT  OF  SUCH
VIOLATION, SUCH DOG  ATTACKS AND INJURES THE GUIDE
DOG, SUCH OWNER  OR  KEEPER  SHALL  BE  LIABLE, AS
PROVIDED IN SECTION 22-357, FOR ANY DAMAGE DONE TO
SUCH GUIDE DOG,  AND  SUCH LIABILITY SHALL INCLUDE
LIABILITY FOR ANY  COSTS  INCURRED  BY SUCH BLIND,
DEAF   OR   MOBILITY-IMPAIRED   PERSON   FOR   THE
VETERINARY CARE, REHABILITATION  OR REPLACEMENT OF
THE  INJURED  GUIDE   DOG   AND   FOR   REASONABLE
ATTORNEY'S FEES.
    Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 47a-2 of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Unless created to avoid the application of
this  chapter  and   sections  47a-21,  47a-23  to
47a-23b, inclusive, AS AMENDED, 47a-26 to 47a-26g,
inclusive, 47a-35 to  47a-35b, inclusive, 47a-41a,
47a-43 and 47a-46,  the following arrangements are
not governed by  this chapter and sections 47a-21,
47a-23 to 47a-23b,  inclusive,  AS AMENDED, 47a-26
to   47a-26g,  inclusive,   47a-35   to   47a-35b,
inclusive,  47a-41a,  47a-43   and   47a-46:   (1)
Residence at an institution, public or private, if
incidental  to  detention   or  the  provision  of
medical,   geriatric,   educational,   counseling,
religious  service or  any  similar  service;  (2)
occupancy under a  contract  of sale of a dwelling
unit or the property of which such unit is a part,
if the occupant  is  the purchaser or a person who
succeeds  to his  interest;  (3)  occupancy  by  a
member of a  fraternal  or  social organization in
the  portion  of  a  structure  operated  for  the
benefit  of  such   organization;   (4)  transient
occupancy in a  hotel or motel or similar lodging;
[and] (5) occupancy  by  an owner of a condominium
unit;  AND  (6)   OCCUPANCY  BY  A  PERSONAL  CARE
ASSISTANT OR OTHER  PERSON  WHO  IS  EMPLOYED BY A
PERSON WITH A  DISABILITY  TO  ASSIST  AND SUPPORT
SUCH DISABLED PERSON  WITH DAILY LIVING ACTIVITIES
OR HOUSEKEEPING CHORES  AND  IS  PROVIDED DWELLING
SPACE IN THE  PERSONAL  RESIDENCE OF SUCH DISABLED
PERSON  AS  A   BENEFIT   OR   CONDITION  OF  SUCH
EMPLOYMENT.

Approved May 19, 1998