Measure banning horse-drawn carriages in Chicago on hold

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CHICAGO -- A full city council vote on a measure that would prevent horse-drawn carriage owners from renewing their licenses is on hold.

The ordinance is being held in committee.  The committee chair wants to do more research.

If passed, the ordinance would effectively put Chicago horse-drawn carriage owners out of business.

Those in favor of banning carriages cite safety concerns as well as the welfare of the horses.

But carriage owners say the horses are well cared for and their presence adds charm to the Magnificent Mile.

Not word yet on when the full council will be voting on the ordinance.

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