Bill Could Allow Dogs at Michigan Restaurants

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

"A dog that is controlled by a customer in an outdoor dining area if a health or safety hazard will not result from the presence or activities of the dog."

HB 4335

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- State law banning most animals from restaurants could change under legislation in the state House.

The Detroit News reports Monday that under legislation proposed earlier this year municipalities would have the option to create an ordinance allowing dogs in outdoor seating areas. Currently, service animals typically are allowed.

Republican state Rep. Margaret O'Brien of Portage is one of the sponsors and says the change is a way to buoy the economy. She says some other states allow people to take dogs on outdoor patios.

Lawmakers are working with the state Department of Agriculture & Rural Development on rules that restaurants would have to follow. Those rules could include signs to inform the public that dogs are allowed and cleanliness standards to protect customers.

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