Gov. Vetoes Ban on 'Lap Dog Driving'

Calif. motorists can still tool around with Fido at the wheel

By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User

Posted Sep 29, 2008 2:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Californians can keep driving with pets on their laps since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have banned such behavior, reports the Sacramento Bee. The "Paris Hilton Bill," as it was named by conservatives, was one of 95 measures that the Terminator terminated over the weekend. Schwarzenegger said he is only signing what he considers "high priority" bills because of the budget delay.

"Next thing, they'll say we've got to have seat belts for the dog," sniffed a state resident who growled that the bill was a case of excessive government.

Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed 95 bills this weekend during a condensed signing period.   (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
The bill was introduced by a California lawmaker who saw a woman driving with three dogs in her lap.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Robert Machin)
Conservatives say the bill was a case of excessive government.   (AP Photo/MidnightPass.com)
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