MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.--- Legislation that would protect veterans who use service dogs is making its way through a Michigan committee.
Holly Hughes, who represents the Montague and Muskegon areas, introduced House Bill 4313 this week. The measure would make it unlawful to refuse service to veterans who use service dogs as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, closed head injuries and other service related conditions. The bill would amend a current state law to specifically include veterans with service disabilities and add airplanes to the list of places that must accommodate service dogs.
Hughes proposed the changes after hearing the plight of veteran Eric Calley. Hughes says Calley, who uses a service dog, was treated poorly on a recent flight.
“I want to make sure that Eric and others like him never have to endure similar treatment again,” said Hughes.