Whitmer Vetoes Emotional Support Animal Bill

Whitmer Vetoes Emotional Support Animal Bill That Places Limits in Michigan

On December 30, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed House Bill 4910 that created additional requirements for individuals seeking reasonable
housing accommodation for emotional support animals.

Governor Whitmer stated in her letter to the Michigan House of Representatives, " While I appreciate the intent behind these bills—to ensure that housing providers are able to verify the need for emotional support animals—these bills result in too great an intrusion on  the privacy of people with disabilities. In requiring that people requesting accommodations allow potential housing providers to access detailed, private information about their medical treatment and condition, these bills would constitute a significant invasion of privacy. Moreover, these requirements would exceed the scope of what a housing provider may request under the federal Fair Housing Act, thereby jeopardizing Michigan’s funding for Section 8 Housing."

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Michigan.Gov | December 30, 2020,Governor Whitmer Michigan House of Representatives




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