Assemblyman VINCENT MAZZEO
District 2 (Atlantic)
Assemblywoman VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE
District 37 (Bergen)
Assemblywoman PAMELA R. LAMPITT
District 6 (Burlington and Camden)
Assemblywoman GABRIELA M. MOSQUERA
District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)
Assemblyman DANIEL R. BENSON
District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)
Senator ROBERT M. GORDON
District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)
Senator M. TERESA RUIZ
District 29 (Essex)
Assemblymen Garcia, Wimberly, Wilson, Gusciora and Senator Madden
Allows student with disability to bring service animal on school bus.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning the use of service animals by certain students on school buses and amending P.L.2011, c.156.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 2 of P.L.2011, c.156 (C.18A:46-13.3) is amended to read as follows:
2. a. A student with a disability, including autism, shall be permitted access for a service animal in school buildings, including the classroom, on school buses, and on school grounds.
b. A school official may inquire as to whether the service animal is required due to a disability and what task or work the service animal has been trained to perform, unless the student's disability and the work or task that the service animal will perform are readily apparent. A school official may require: (1) certification from a veterinarian that the service animal is properly vaccinated and does not have a contagious disease that may harm students or staff; and (2) documentation that any license required by the municipality in which the student resides has been obtained for the service animal.
c. The service animal shall be under a handler's control at all times by use of a leash, tether, voice control, signal, or other suitable means. The school shall not be responsible or liable for the care or supervision of the service animal. The school shall provide reasonable accommodations to allow the handler to provide for the care and feeding of the service animal while on school grounds or at a school function.
(cf: P.L.2011, c.156, s.2)
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Current law allows a student with a disability, including autism, to have a service animal in school buildings and on school grounds. This bill expands the law to permit a student with a disability to bring a service animal on a school bus.