Washington state has approved a law that will require hotels to prohibit pets from being in the rooms of their guests.
Pet owners will also have to register with the state, which is supposed to monitor hotels and assess their compliance.
According to the Associated Press, the bill was passed in the state’s Senate by a vote of 26-10.
Pet owner David Hahn says the law was drafted by his local veterinarian, who was a veterinarian in Colorado, and will make it harder for pets to be allowed to stay at hotels.
“We’re taking steps that will make our hotel industry safer and healthier, so our guests can stay with us and have the best possible experiences,” Hahn told the Associated Journal.
The hotel industry has been working on a plan for more than a decade to phase out pets from its rooms.
The move comes after the AP reported that the Washington State Department of Health estimated in December that there are about 70,000 pet bites per year in Washington.
The state’s law, which takes effect in March 2019, is similar to a similar one in Florida that passed in 2014.