McMillan’s bill allowing pet dogs in outdoor dining areas signed by Gov.
A bill sponsored by local Rep. Steve McMillan to allow pet dogs in outdoor dining areas at restaurants was recently signed into law by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. McMillan said he was inspired to create the bill, HB-235, after receiving a lot of feedback from constituents that wanted to be able to dine with their dogs in appropriate venues. The law goes into effect August 1.
“Everybody loves their dogs and often want to bring them with them when they go places,” McMillan said. “Here in Baldwin County, and especially in my district, we’ve got a lot of restaurants that offer outdoor dining, so it just makes sense that we amend the current law to allow folks to bring their furry friends with them and enjoy the great views and good food together.”
Owners of food service establishments would decide whether to allow pet dogs in their outdoor dining areas. Signage stating the designated outdoor dining area would be required, as would a separate outdoor entrance. The pet dogs would have to be leashed and would not be allowed on the chairs, benches, seats or other fixtures of the outdoor dining area. Restaurant employees are prohibited from touching or having direct contact with the pet.
Pictured: Pirates Cove in Josephine has always been know for its affinity for bow-wows, even hosting an annual Cove Dog Olympics in celebration of canines.