Summary: H.R.1729 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.1729. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (04/06/1989)

Amends the Food Stamp Act of 1977 to include the costs of securing and maintaining a guide, hearing, or service dog, or another animal trained to assist a disabled individual, as allowable medical expenses for the purpose of income-related calculations to determine eligibility for the food stamp program.

Amends Federal law to: (1) include as a benefit to certain veterans the provision of guide, hearing, or service dogs or other animals trained to assist disabled individuals; (2) permit guide, hearing, or service dogs, or other animals trained to assist a disabled individual, accompanying a disabled individual to be admitted to public buildings and other properties owned by the United States; and (3) permit certain common carriers to continue to establish a special rate for transportation of a disabled individual and accompanying attendant when they are accompanied by a dog or another animal trained to assist the disabled individual. (Current law covers only seeing-eye dogs for the blind.)