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§ 30-4-2 - Right to equal public accommodations; right to be accompanied by guide dog or service dog

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O.C.G.A.30-4-2 (2010) 30-4-2.Right to equal public accommodations; right to be accompanied by guide dog or service dog (a)Blindpersons, persons with visual disabilities, persons with physicaldisabilities, and deaf persons are entitled to full and equalaccommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges on all commoncarriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses,streetcars, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes oftransportation and at hotels, lodging places, places of publicaccommodation, amusement, or resort, and other places to which thegeneral public is invited, subject only to the conditions andlimitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.(b)(1)Every totally or partially blind person shall have the right to beaccompanied by a guide dog, and every physically disabled person andevery deaf person shall have the right to be accompanied by a servicedog, especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed insubsection (a) of this Code section without being required to pay anextra charge for the guide or service dog; provided, however, that he orshe shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilitiesby such dog. In addition, if such totally or partially blind person,physically disabled person, or deaf person is a student at a private orpublic school in this state, such person shall have the right to beaccompanied by a guide dog or service dog subject to liability fordamage as provided in the preceding sentence. The guide dog or servicedog must be identified as having been trained by a school for seeingeye, hearing, service, or guide dogs.(2)Everyperson engaged in the training of a guide dog or service dog for thepurpose of accompanying a person as provided in paragraph (1) of thissubsection shall have the same right to be accompanied by such dog beingtrained as the totally or partially blind person, deaf person, orphysically disabled person has under paragraph (1) of this subsection,so long as such trainer is identified as an agent or employee of aschool for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs.(3)Everyperson engaged in the raising of a dog for training as a guide dog orservice dog for the purpose of accompanying a person as provided inparagraph (1) of this subsection shall have the same right to beaccompanied by such dog being raised for training as the totally orpartially blind person, deaf person, or physically disabled person hasunder paragraph (1) of this subsection, so long as:(A)Suchdog is being held on a leash and is under the control of the personraising such dog for an accredited school for seeing eye, hearing,service, or guide dogs;(B)Suchperson has on his or her person and available for inspection credentialsfrom the accredited school for which the dog is being raised; and(C)Suchdog is wearing a collar, leash, or other appropriate apparel or devicethat identifies such dog with the accredited school for which such dogis being raised.(c)Every totally orpartially blind person operating a vending stand shall have the right tobe accompanied by a trained guide dog on the entire premises of his orher vending operation.
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  • O.C.G.A. 30-4-2 (2010)
    30-4-2. Right to equal public accommodations; right to be accompanied by guide dog or service dog


    (a) Blind persons, persons with visual disabilities, persons with physical disabilities, and deaf persons are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges on all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation and at hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.

    (b) (1) Every totally or partially blind person shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog, and every physically disabled person and every deaf person shall have the right to be accompanied by a service dog, especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed in subsection (a) of this Code section without being required to pay an extra charge for the guide or service dog; provided, however, that he or she shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog. In addition, if such totally or partially blind person, physically disabled person, or deaf person is a student at a private or public school in this state, such person shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog or service dog subject to liability for damage as provided in the preceding sentence. The guide dog or service dog must be identified as having been trained by a school for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs.

    (2) Every person engaged in the training of a guide dog or service dog for the purpose of accompanying a person as provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall have the same right to be accompanied by such dog being trained as the totally or partially blind person, deaf person, or physically disabled person has under paragraph (1) of this subsection, so long as such trainer is identified as an agent or employee of a school for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs.

    (3) Every person engaged in the raising of a dog for training as a guide dog or service dog for the purpose of accompanying a person as provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall have the same right to be accompanied by such dog being raised for training as the totally or partially blind person, deaf person, or physically disabled person has under paragraph (1) of this subsection, so long as:

    (A) Such dog is being held on a leash and is under the control of the person raising such dog for an accredited school for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs;

    (B) Such person has on his or her person and available for inspection credentials from the accredited school for which the dog is being raised; and

    (C) Such dog is wearing a collar, leash, or other appropriate apparel or device that identifies such dog with the accredited school for which such dog is being raised.

    (c) Every totally or partially blind person operating a vending stand shall have the right to be accompanied by a trained guide dog on the entire premises of his or her vending operation.

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