Text: H.R.5935 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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HR 5935 IH
101st CONGRESS
2d Session
 H. R. 5935
To amend certain Federal laws to provide the same rights and privileges
to deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who depend on hearing dogs as are
provided to blind individuals who depend on guide dogs, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 26, 1990
Mr. ACKERMAN introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly
to the Committees on Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and Public Works and
Transportation
A BILL
To amend certain Federal laws to provide the same rights and privileges
to deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who depend on hearing dogs as are
provided to blind individuals who depend on guide dogs, and for other purposes.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. ALLOWABLE MEDICAL EXPENSES UNDER THE FOOD STAMP ACT OF 1977.
  Section 3(q)(6) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2012(q)(6))
  is amended by striking `seeing eye dog' and inserting the following: `a
  guide dog trained to assist a blind individual and a hearing dog trained
  to assist a deaf or hard-of-hearing individual'.
SEC. 2. VETERANS' BENEFITS.
  (a) GENERAL RULE- Subsection (b) of section 614 of title 38, United States
  Code, is amended by striking the first sentence and inserting the following:
  `The Secretary may provide to a veteran who is entitled to compensation by
  reason of service-connected blindness a guide dog trained to assist blind
  individuals. The Secretary may provide to a veteran who is entitled to
  compensation by reason of service-connected deafness or loss-of-hearing a
  hearing dog trained to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. The
  Secretary may pay travel and incidental expenses (under the terms and
  conditions set forth in section 111 of this title) to and from their homes
  that are incurred by such veterans in becoming adjusted to such dogs.'.
  (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENTS- (1) The heading of such section is amended to
  read as follows:
`Sec. 614. Fitting and training in use of prosthetic appliances; guide and
hearing dogs'.
  (2) The item relating to such section in the table of sections at the
  beginning of chapter 17 of such title is amended to read as follows:
`614. Fitting and training in use of prosthetic appliances; guide and
hearing dogs.'.
SEC. 3. ADMISSION TO PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND OTHER PROPERTY OWNED BY THE
UNITED STATES.
  The Act of December 10, 1941 (40 U.S.C. 291), is amended--
  (1) by striking `seeing-eye dogs or other guide dogs, specially trained
  and educated for that purpose,' and inserting the following: `guide dogs
  trained to assist blind individuals and hearing dogs trained to assist
  deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals,',
  (2) by striking `and under the control' and inserting `or otherwise under
  the control',
  (3) by inserting `or hearing impaired' after `blind' each place it
  appears, and
  (4) in the title--
  (A) by striking `seeing-eye dogs' and inserting `guide dogs trained
  to assist blind individuals and hearing dogs trained to assist deaf or
  hard-of-hearing individuals,', and
  (B) by inserting `or hearing impaired' after `blind'.
SEC. 4. COMMON CARRIERS PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES.
  Section 10723(b)(2) of title 49, United States Code, is amended--
  (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking `or' at the end;
  (2) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end and inserting
  `; or'; and
  (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
  `(C) a hearing-impaired individual and a dog trained to assist the
  individual.'.
SEC. 5. COMMISSION REGARDING FURTHER APPROPRIATE MEASURES.
  (a) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish
  a commission for the purpose of determining the measures under Federal law,
  if any, that should be undertaken in addition to the amendments made by
  this Act with respect to providing appropriate rights regarding the use
  of guide dogs by deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals.
  (b) REPORT- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall ensure that,
  not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the
  commission established under subsection (a) submits to the Secretary and
  to the Congress a report describing the findings made as result of carrying
  out the purpose described in subsection (a).