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Friday, April 28, 2006

Dining Out With Your Dog Almost the Law

The state legislature is within a woof of permitting your best friend to eat out with you (as long as it is, indeed, out(side). From today's Herald:

Things literally went to the dogs at the close of the Senate's debate Thursday night.

The Senate approved a measure that would create a three-year pilot program to allow municipalities to seek an exemption from a state rule so that outdoor café patrons can bring their dogs with them.

The proposal by Sen. Dave Aronberg of Greenacres could be voted on as early as Friday. A similar proposal is slated for House debate.

A division within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation now prohibits dogs from joining their owners at public eateries.