The Ohio Senate on Wednesday approved a bill introduced by former state Rep. Michael Stinziano which would designate a special week to honor service dogs that help disabled citizens.

The measure, which was approved by the House last year, designates the last week of July as “Service Dog Awareness Week” in the state of Ohio. The act moves to the governor’s desk for consideration.

“I and all citizens who support service dogs thank the Ohio Senate for their consideration of this measure,” said Stinziano, a Democrat who now serves as a Columbus City Council member. “This is recognition of the important role that service dogs play in enhancing the lives of citizens with disabilities.”

Stinziano said this bill is a direct result of a constituent suggestion.  The measure had bipartisan support in the Legislature as well as the support of Pilot Dogs, Inc., a Columbus-based organization established in 1950 that trains and furnishes dogs to help guide the blind.