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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 27, 2018 11:48 AM
From: Representative Justin J. Simmons and Rep. P. Michael Sturla
To: All House members
Subject: Outdoor Dining With Pets
We intend to re-introduce legislation that will amend our food safety law in the Agriculture Code to authorize retail food facilities, that so choose, to permit customers to bring their pet dogs to outdoor dining areas of the facility.

With a large percentage of Pennsylvanians being dog owners, many restaurant owners wish to accommodate customers with canine companions but are currently prohibited from doing so by law. Restaurants who wish to permit dogs accompanying their owners in outdoor dining areas risk non-issuance, suspension or forfeiture to their license to operate. This legislation will provide restaurant owners with choice, provide consumers with the option, boost business revenue and still ensure that certain safety parameters are followed.

Thank you in advance for consideration of this legislation.

Introduced as HB290