OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6999

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE USE OF THERAPY DOGS TO COMFORT CHILDREN TESTIFYING IN CERTAIN CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the Judicial Branch to maintain on its website information about the availability of an accommodation, allowed at the court's discretion, for a dog to provide comfort and support to a child under age 18 during his or her testimony in a criminal prosecution involving alleged assault, abuse, or sexual abuse of the child. The website must also provide contact information for organizations that provide, at no cost, the use of a dog trained to comfort individuals who have (1) experienced mental, physical, or emotional trauma or (2) witnessed or been victims of assault, abuse, or sexual abuse.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

BACKGROUND

Legislative History

The House referred the bill (File 72) to the Judiciary Committee, which reported a substitute that eliminated a requirement for the chief court administrator, within available appropriations, to provide Superior Court judges with training on the benefits of animal-assisted therapy.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Committee on Children

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

13

Nay

0

(03/02/2017)

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

41

Nay

0

(04/25/2017)