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Dogs May Soon be Legal on Restaurant Patios in Ohio

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While you may already occasionally see dogs present on restaurant patios — and some businesses even advertise their patios as “dog friendly” — the practice is technically illegal in the State of Ohio. That could change if House Bill 263 continues to see approval through the Ohio Statehouse.

The bill, introduced by State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City), was just approved by the Ohio House of Representatives earlier this week and is now awaiting further consideration by the Ohio Senate. If approved, the bill would allow restaurant owners the option to allow dogs on outdoor patios, requiring sanitary measures with cleaning up after them.

“We’re acknowledging the strong human-animal connection,” said Representative Lanese. “It’s important for us to send a message that we on Capitol Square are going to step out of the way of businesses on Main Street whenever possible.”

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