Michigan may soon allow dogs in restaurant patios

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan may soon allow patrons to bring their dog along while eating in an outdoor area of a restaurant.

State law generally prohibits live animals at restaurants, but a new piece of legislation is hoping to change that.

The bill – which supporters say could boost tourism – is expected to be approved by senators Wednesday and sent to the House.

It would allow dogs on restaurant patios under certain circumstances.

For instance, dogs would have to be leashed and couldn’t pass through the restaurant interior or sit in a chair or on a customer’s lap. The patio would also have to be free of dog hair and areas contaminated by dog waste would need to be disinfected immediately.

Since legislation wouldn’t require restaurant owners to allow dogs, it would be up to local communities to enact ordinances disallowing furry friends from joining their owners at the dinner table.

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