People would be prohibited from having dogs loose in the back of a truck when driving on an interstate, under a House-passed bill that received support Thursday from the Senate transportation committee.

Senators on the committee approved House Bill 1091 by state Rep. Tom Willmott, R-Kenner, without objection. It would require dogs traveling in the bed of a truck on the interstate to be humanely secured with a leash, kennel or a bed truck cover.

Committee Chairman Robert Adley, R-Benton, supported the measure, saying it was one thing to drive with a dog in the back of a truck around the neighborhood and another to drive on the interstate. “It’s serious,” he said.

The proposal will move next to the Senate floor for consideration. Willmott has proposed similar bills before, but they failed to garner enough support for final passage.