PA 17-185—sHB 6999

Committee on Children

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE USE OF THERAPY DOGS TO COMFORT AND SUPPORT TESTIFYING WITNESSES IN CERTAIN CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS

SUMMARY: This act requires the judicial branch to maintain on its website:

1. notice that the court may, in its discretion, 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.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017