Senate committee approves Phillips-Hill legislation to provide license fee exemptions for service dogs

HARRISBURG – The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously approved a measure sponsored by Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) that would provide for licensing fee exemptions for service dogs in Pennsylvania.

“This legislation will grant our first responders, sheriff’s offices, and other entities that provide rescue and emergency services with an exemption from the licensing fees,” Phillips-Hill said. “I’m grateful for the support of the York County’s Sheriff’s Office for this legislation and the support of many volunteer rescue and fire organizations from across southern York County.”

Current law exempts dog licensing fees for dogs that are part of municipal and State Police K9 units.

Senate Bill 85 expands the law to cover licensing fees for service dogs used to help individuals in need, including Seeing Eye dogs, along with dogs in service for Sheriff’s offices, fire departments, EMTs and other emergency service organizations.

“These dogs used in public service are considered partners by their handlers,” she added. “These dogs provide a critical service to the individuals, communities and organizations they serve. I’m pleased to see this legislation move forward.”

You can listen to Senator Phillips-Hill discuss her legislation here.

Senator Phillips-Hill with West York Borough Police Department’s K9 Detective Prince and Patrolman Scott Musselman. Phillips-Hill’s proposal would expand the service dog fee exemption to EMTs and county sheriff’s offices.