We’ve been asked about HB1417. It does not require all restaurants to allow dogs. It simply lets restaurant owners, who might wish to allow dogs, to do so – provided they post a notice. New Hampshire has a lot of Inns and Bed and Breakfasts whose owners live on their premises. There have been some enforcement questions about whether or not those owners could even have a dog anywhere on their property.
Here is the wording of HB 1417:
II. A restaurant owner may allow, at the restaurant owner’s discretion, any person possessing a properly disciplined companion dog inside his or her place of business. Such dogs shall not be allowed in food preparation or production areas. Restaurant owners allowing companion dogs shall prominently display a sign at all public entrances advising patrons that companion dogs are allowed on the premises.