Bill allowing dogs in restaurants alive in House

HONOLULU (AP) - Some dog owners are in full support of a bill that would allow them to bring their pets into Hawaii restaurants.

The state Department of Health and Respiratory and Environmental Disabilities of Hawaii have raised strong opposition, however.

Even self-professed dog lovers have concerns about health and noise issues.

The House Health Committee heard a version of House Bill 2749 earlier this month and came up with a new draft to address some of the issues raised at the hearing. The amended bill will be heard by the House Finance Committee Thursday.

The bill would allow restaurant owners to allow dogs in their establishments, provided proper sanitary procedures are in place to ensure no animal waste enters food preparation areas.

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