State legislators consider allowing dogs in more businesses

If passed, a bipartisan bill in the state legislature would allow dogs in more businesses in the state, according to a report from Wisconsin Public Radio. The bill would give more flexibility to hardware stores and outdoor outfitters. Under the bill, the state wouldn’t be allowed to bar specific businesses from allowing dogs on-site. Additionally, businesses would qualify for an exemption if they only sell prepackaged food and those sales make up less than 5% of their overall sales. The current law bans all businesses that sell food from allowing dogs on-site, although some exceptions are granted to businesses like restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops that want to allow pets in outdoor spaces.