Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Provides that in a prosecution of criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, or aggravated criminal sexual abuse, the court may set any conditions it finds just and appropriate on the taking of testimony of a victim who is a child under the age of 18 years or a moderately, severely, or profoundly intellectually disabled person or a person affected by a developmental disability, including the use of a service or therapy animal that has been evaluated and registered according to national standards, in any proceeding involving that offense. Provides that when deciding whether to permit the child or person to testify with the assistance of a registered service or therapy animal, the court shall take into consideration the age of the child or the person, the interests of the child or the person, the rights of the parties to the litigation, and any other relevant factor that would facilitate the testimony by the child or the person.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Reinserts the provisions of the bill. Changes references from service or therapy animal that has been evaluated and registered according to national standards to facility dog. Defines "facility dog".
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Provides that the taking of testimony of the child under 18 years of age, or a moderately, severely, or profoundly intellectually disabled person affected by a developmental disability in a sex offense case the court may set conditions in taking the testimony that involve (rather than include) the use of a facility dog in any proceeding involving the sexual offense.