Jindal rejects ban on loose dogs in pickup trucks
BATON ROUGE - Loose dogs still will be allowed in pickup truck beds on Louisiana's interstates.
Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed a bill Friday that would have required dogs riding in the back of trucks to be secured with a leash, crate or a ventilated truck bed cover when on an interstate highway.
In his veto message, Jindal said the measure would put a "significant burden" on Louisiana citizens and provide "questionable benefit" to their pets. He described the proposal by Republican Rep. Tom Willmott, of Kenner, as a "nanny state" bill.
Supporters of the measure had said the requirement would protect both the dogs and drivers who have had to dodge pets that fall out of pickups.
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