New bill would allow dogs at outdoor restaurant areas

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bill to allow diners to bring their dogs to outdoor seating areas at Rhode Island restaurants is headed to the state Senate.

The Providence Journal reports that the state House of Representatives passed the bill overwhelmingly yesterday. The bill had been introduced by Representative Charlene Lima.

The Cranston Democrat’s bill says restaurant owners could determine the amount of space where dogs are allowed and would allow those owners set limits on the dogs’ sizes and breeds.

Restaurants would also be able to deny entry and eject patrons with dogs.

Restaurants would be required to display a written notice of their policy allowing dogs, which would have to be leashed at all times and never left unattended.

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