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House of Representatives

File No. 812

General Assembly

 

January Session, 2017

(Reprint of File Nos. 72 and 715)

Substitute House Bill No. 6999

 

As Amended by House Amendment

Schedule "A"

Approved by the Legislative Commissioner

May 31, 2017

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

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) The Judicial Branch shall maintain on its Internet web site (1) notice that the court may exercise its discretion to permit a dog to provide comfort and support to a testifying witness, (2) a hyperlink to the Internet web site of an organization that provides information regarding animal-assisted therapy resources, and (3) if applicable, a hyperlink to information regarding such resources on the Internet web site of the Division of Criminal Justice.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017

New section

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires the Judicial Department to maintain information on its website and does not result in a fiscal impact.

House “A” struck the language of the underlying bill and replaced it with language described above.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

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:

*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)

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