Assembly Bill 1965, a measure to make dining out with dogs possible, was approved Thursday by the state Senate and is headed to the governor’s desk.
Authored by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, AB 1965 seeks to give restaurants the option to allow pet dogs in their outdoor seating areas under specified conditions unless a local ordinance determines otherwise.
“I appreciate the support of my colleagues in both the Assembly and the Senate for allowing Californians to enjoy noodles with their poodles,” Yamada said. “As the bill awaits the governor’s decision, I am hopeful that Sutter Brown will weigh in with a favorable position.”
Several counties, including Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, have attempted to create guidelines for restaurants that want to accommodate patrons with pets. However, current state law pre-empts any effort to allow dogs on restaurant patios.
AB 1965 does not require restaurants to provide this option but simply makes the potential practice permissible.