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Oregon Revised Statutes, 1967, Sections 346.610, 346.620, 346.630, and 346.991 last amended in 1993

Oregon statutory law guarantees a blind person the legal right to be accompanied by a dog guide in all public accommodations and on all public transportation. No extra charge can be levied because of a dog guide's presence, but the dog guide user is liable for any damage the dog might cause to the premises. Dog guides are exempt from licensing fees.

Landlords must provide equal housing accommodations to dog guide owners, and may not assess additional rent nor charge a non-refundable deposit because of a dog guide's presence. Violation can result in a $200 fine along with court costs and reasonable attorney's fees. (Sect. 345.630)

Public accommodations include restaurants, stores, hotels, and all facilities to which the public is invited. (Sect. 346.610, Sect. 346.620)

Public transportation includes buses, trains, taxis, airplane, and all other conveyances offered for public use. (Sect.346.610, Sect. 346. 620)

Violation: Any person who interferes with the above-enumerated rights is subject to the penalties provided in ORS 346.991. A blind person may maintain an action pursuant to ORS 346.630 for compensatory damages and attorneys' fees and court costs, if any landlord refuses to rent a dwelling unit on the basis of the person's use or possession of such dog guide. No blind person shall be required to pay an additional fee or an excessive deposit for the dog guide.

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