Georgia Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., appointed to study committee


The office of Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., distributed the following press release on July 24…

Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick (R-Marietta) was recently appointed to serve on the [Georgia] Senate Study Committee on Service Animals for Physically or Mentally Impaired Persons.

“This study committee has great potential to fix a problem that we have been seeing and hearing about more and more lately,” said Sen. Kirkpatrick. “Right now, it is easy for any person to go online and certify their pet as a service animal to receive the benefits certain companies allow for these animals. Through this study committee, we hope to take a closer look at the process of certification to ensure that true service animals of those with disabilities are the only animals receiving accreditation.”

The Senate Study Committee on Service Animals for Physically or Mentally Impaired Persons was created by the passage of Senate Resolution 467 during the 2018 Legislative Session. This study committee was established to ensure that a consistent system is in place to only certify animals that help people with disabilities as service animals. The study committee will be comprised of five members of the Senate and must report its findings on or before December 1, 2018.

Sen. Kirkpatrick represents the 32nd Senate District, which includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. She is a MAG member. Sen. Kirkpatrick may be reached at 404.656.0150 or kay.kirkpatrick@senate.ga.gov.