Under a new bill passed by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, dogs and puppies would be able to be on Michigan’s restaurant patios.
Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, said she heard from constituents who travel with their dogs. They cherish comforts like dog parks and pet-friendly hotels, however, couldn’t take their dogs to a restaurant patio outdoors.
The current state law bans dogs at all restaurants, including on patios, due to concerns about spreading diseases from animals to humans.
Senate Bill 727 will allow puppies and dogs on outdoor patios, however, with strict rules in place. For example, the area will need to be free of dog hair and regularly clean. The dogs would have to be with someone over the age of eighteen. The dogs would need to be on leashes, and employees would have to wash hands after petting a dog.
And the bill also gives local establishments a choice to allow dogs on their outdoor patios.
She has two dogs of her own. Her 8-year-old Shitzu Honey and an 11-year-old Miniature Schnauzer Daisy. However, she says her puppies probably won’t benefit from her new bill.
Passing 32-4 the bill will now be heading toward the House of Rep. for consideration.