Florida lawmakers propose jail time for emotional support animal fraud

A service dog named Orlando rests on the foot of his trainer, John Reddan, of Warwick, N.Y., while sitting inside a United Airlines plane at Newark Liberty International Airport during a training exercise in Newark, N.J. (AP/Julio Cortez)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTSP) — We've all seen the stories of people trying to bring unique creatures for emotional support on airplanes.

But people who truly need the comfort a calm, loving pet often face a bigger struggle at home — finding a place to live.

The Florida Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would forbid landlords from discriminating against people who require emotional support animals, but allows them to request proof of a person's disability if it isn't obvious.

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2020年欧预赛赛程It also targets people who pretend to need one.

People are "getting phony baloney psychological papers saying they're allowed to have animals in their communities," Sen. Kevin Rader (D-29th District) said. "You can go online right now and for … less than $100 get a certificate for an emotional support animal."

2020年欧预赛赛程If becomes law, anyone who falsifies information or misrepresents their need for a support animal can spend up to 60 days in jail, according to the .