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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 10, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Doyle, Horlacher, Kolste,
Sinicki, Stuck, Ohnstad, Vruwink, Sargent, Wachs, Billings, Bowen,
Anderson, Subeck, Tusler, Spreitzer, Zamarripa, Crowley, Kulp, Genrich
and E. Brooks, cosponsored by Senators Hansen and L. Taylor. Referred to
Committee on Local Government.
AB218,1,2 1An Act to amend 174.055 of the statutes; relating to: exemptions from dog
2license fees.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under this bill, an owner of a dog is not required to pay an annual dog license
fee if the dog is trained to provide specific physical or therapeutic functions under the
control of a handler or if a medical professional has determined that the dog provides
a benefit to a person with a disability. Under current law, only dogs that are trained
to lead blind or deaf persons or to provide support for mobility-impaired persons are
exempt from annual dog license fees.
For further information see the local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB218,1 3Section 1. 174.055 of the statutes is amended to read:
AB218,2,6 4174.055 Exemption of assistance dogs for blind, deaf and
5mobility-impaired. Every dog that has been specially trained to lead blind or deaf
6persons or
, guide, or assist a person whose vision or hearing is impaired, to provide

1support for mobility-impaired persons a person whose mobility is impaired, or to
2provide specific physical or therapeutic functions under the direction and control of
3a qualified handler, and every dog that a medical professional has determined
4provides a benefit to a person with a disability,
is exempt from the dog license tax and
5every person owning such a dog shall receive annually a free dog license from the
6local collecting officer upon application.
AB218,2,77 (End)