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Iowa

1987 Code of Iowa, Sections 321.333 and 321.334 (enacted prior to 1946); and Chapter 601D, Sections 601D.1 through 601D.9 (enacted in 1959)

Iowa statutory law guarantees a blind person the legal right to be accompanied by a specially trained dog guide in all public accommodations and on all public conveyances. No extra charge can be levied because of the dog's presence, but the dog guide user is liable for any damage caused to the premises by the dog. A blind person has a right to equal employment opportunity in the service of the state, or its political subdivisions, or in the public schools and in other employment supported in whole or part by public funds, unless the visual impairment prevents performance of the work involved.

Public accommodations include public facilities, hotels, restaurants, stores, places of amusement and resort, and all other places to which the public is invited. (Sect. 601D.4)

Public conveyances include airplanes, trains, boats, taxis, elevators, and all other modes of transportation offered for public use. (Sect. 601D.3)

The driver of a vehicle shall come to a complete stop for a pedestrian with a dog guide. (Sect. 321.333)

Violation: Any person, firm, corporation, or agent thereof who interferes with the above enumerated rights is guilty of a simple misdemeanor and punishable accordingly under Iowa law. (Sect. 601D.7)

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