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Texas Senate passes bill to allow dogs in outdoor dining area of restaurants

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For many, pets are like family so you might as well be able to take them out to eat too, right?

The Texas Senate has passed a bill (S.B. 476) which would allow patrons to bring their dogs to outdoor dining areas of restaurants across the state.

Republican Sen. Kelly Hancock introduced the bill to give dog owners a chance to spend more time with their furry friends.

According to the S.B. 476, restaurants will need to post visible signs if they want to allow dogs in the outdoor areas, and that the dogs will not be allowed to enter the main interior of the restaurant.

Customers would also be required to keep their pets on a leash and under control, and the dog would not be allowed on a seat, table, countertop or similar surface. Dogs are welcome in the patio area as long as food isn’t prepared there.

Even if the bill makes it into law, it will still be up to the business to decide whether or not to allow dogs on the premises.

Should S.B. 476 makes it into law, it would go into effect Sept. 1, 2019. 

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