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Michigan Legislature Once Again Considers Allowing Dogs on Restaurant Patios

State representatives want to legalize pet-friendly outdoor dining

Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

After last year’s dog-friendly patio bill failed to pass the Michigan House of Representatives, legislators are once again putting forth proposals to make all your puppy date-night dreams come true.

Senator Margaret O’Brien of Portage and House representative Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township are currently sponsoring two bills aimed at allowing four-legged friends to legally hangout on the patios at Michigan restaurants and bars, MLive reports.

Although some spots do invite patrons to bring pets on patios, it’s technically against the law. This new legislation would help clear up the rules, while still allowing patio ordinances to be regulated at the local level.

The bills do recommend some some restrictions. Pets would be prohibited from entering the restaurant and would be required to stay on a leash. Patios would also have to be kept clear of pet hair and other waste.

O’Brien’s bill did manage to pass the Senate last year, but had to be reintroduced in 2017 now that new legislators have taken office.

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