Bill will require dogs in truck beds to be secure
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers don't want loose dogs in truck beds on Louisiana's interstates.
A 30-7 Senate vote Wednesday gave final passage to a bill requiring dogs riding in the back of trucks to be humanely secured with a leash, crate or a ventilated truck bed cover when on an interstate highway.
Supporters of the measure by Kenner Rep. Tom Willmott say the requirement will protect both the dogs and drivers who have had to dodge pets that fall out of trucks.
The bill has provoked loud complaints that it strikes at personal freedom. Franklin Sen. Bret Allain passionately opposed the measure, arguing it would lead to an outright ban on the rural tradition of transporting a dog in the back of a truck.