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Tennessee State Senators "Yelp" at Bill Banning Dogs in Drivers’ Laps

I was just watching Judge Janine on Fox who had two prosecutors on. One of the 3 was in favor of such a law, and two were against it… but all 3 thought if there was going to be such an ordinance passed that it should be a fine… not a misdemeanor.  Two of them said… get out of our lives. Stop passing laws to control us!

 NASHVILLE — Legislation making it a crime for motorists to drive with a dog in their lap in Tennessee was brought to heel at least temporarily in the Senate Finance Committee today.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, passed Monday night in the House on a 58-30 vote, drew growls from senators.

Sen. Douglas Henry, D-Nashville, quipped dog-related bills often arouse strong “passions” and “often come back to bite you.”

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, in the Senate, makes it a Class C misdemeanor carrying a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail for anyone caught driving with an animal in their lap or “between the driver and driver’s door.”

Yager, who noted he introduced the bill at Cobb’s request, said he received a letter from a woman who complained she had nearly had accidents on two occasions with motorists who dogs sitting in their laps, making it difficult to control their vehicle.

Sensing his dog/driver bill was in trouble, Yager move to “roll over” the bill for two weeks. “Roll” is the term used for delaying action on a bill.

Citing safety concerns, Cobb passed a similar bill last year only to see it die in the Senate.

Pictures like this one – of celebrity Jessica Simpson with her adorable doggie on her lap – while cruising in her cool car – and talking on the phone – are what is making this practice so popular today…

Pictures like this one - of celebrity Jessica Simpson with her adorable doggie on her lap - while cruising in her cool car - are what is making this practice so popular today...

By Andy Sher  -  TimeFreePress.com

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April 8, 2012 - Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , ,

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