A new bill proposed in Florida could change how some people travel with their pets.
The measure, SB 320, would make it illegal for most motorists to keep a dog in the bed of a pickup truck or open area of a trailer unless that dog is restrained, either in a kennel or with a tether.
There are two exceptions: if a dog is being transportation by a farmer or farm employee while working with the dog, and if a dog is part of a hunting event and being moved from one site to another. Violating the law would be a noncriminal traffic infraction.
If the bill — sponsored by state Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota — passes Florida’s legislative session, which kicks off March 7, it would take effect July 1.
Steube’s bill follows a law passed in last year’s legislative session that also took steps to protect animals traveling in cars. That bill, HB 131, protects people who break into hot cars to save pets.