A bill that prohibits anyone from tethering a dog to a stationary object or to a mobile device by using a tether that does not allow the dog to walk at least eight feet; and
another bill which allows students to opt out of dissections passed the House Tuesday evening, as lawmakers waited for the 2011 budget bill to be drafted.

The tethering bill, which passed the House 126 to 22 will now head to the governor’s desk for approval and the dissection bill, which narrowly passed the House 81 to 67, will go to the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Senate just started debating the omnibus energy bill at around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday evening.