Effective tomorrow, dogs in Tennessee’s largest cities can legally join their owners for dinner in restaurants with outdoor dining areas — assuming, of course, the restaurants permit it.
Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen signed the measure into law on last Thursday. A previous state law had banned all but service dogs from restaurants.
The law is limited to cities with a population of at least 100,000 — and a handful of smaller jurisidictions which sought, through amendments, to be added.
Under the law, business owners still have the power to decide whether to allow dogs at their establishments.
The state house approved the bill, in a 64-21 vote, on June 11,according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Amendments adopted in the House would allow Blount, Sevier and Fentress counties to allow dogs in restaurants even though the counties do not meet the population requirements.
Posted by John Woestendiek June 30th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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