OLR Bill Analysis

sHB-6999 (as amended by House "A")*

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:

1. notice that the court may exercise its discretion to permit a dog to comfort and support a testifying witness;

2. a link to the website of an organization that provides information on animal assisted therapy resources; and

3. if applicable, a link to information on the Division of Criminal Justice's website about such resources.

*House Amendment “A” replaces the underlying bill, which required the Judicial Branch to post on its website information about (1) the availability of an accommodation to allow a therapy dog to accompany children testifying in certain criminal prosecutions and (2) organizations that provide for the use of such dogs at no cost.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

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)