Animal lovers in the state of Washington are one step closer to being able to dine out with their dogs. A bill that would allow people to bring their dogs to restaurants passed out of committee Tuesday, but health officials still have some concerns.

The bill would allow leashed dogs to sit with their owners in outdoor seating areas of restaurants, bars and cafes during a three-year trial period. For businesses to participate, the city they are located in would first have to pass an ordinance approving the practice.

Health officials testified against the bill because of worries that dogs’ presence in food establishments could spread disease-causing bacteria.

Via Seattle Post-Intelligencer