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My Website | Just another WordPress site My Website Just another WordPress site Menu Skip to content Home About Get Involved Contact Us Today, I am Ohio Today, I am Ohio. I stand firmly in allegiance with resolute voters and animal advocates. I am shocked at what happened in Arizona this week. I am chilled at what is happening now in Ohio. A rotting stink is slowly wafting across the nation. It’s not just the usual, rising stench of the 10,000 mills with puppies and kittens, endlessly crated, lying in their own waste. This nasty odor started in Arizona. A bill was recently signed into law by Arizona Governor Ducey. This new state law, allowing pet stores to sell animals from large-scale breeders, trumps and VOIDS ordinances already in effect in the cities of Tempe and Phoenix, and finishes off the proposed ordinance in Tucson. These three cities had independently legislated that they would only allow shelter and rescue dogs to be sold in pet stores. The state legislature decided otherwise for them. The new law also STOPS other Arizona jurisdictions from passing such ordinances in the future. This same rotten funk is now hovering over Ohio. Two bills are being fast-tracked at the end of the legislative session against the will of Ohioans. Two years ago, Toledo passed an ordinance, banning the sale of mill animals in pet stores. Grove City passed this same ordinance in March. So, Petland pushed back hard. First, it sued Grove City Council because it not want the local ordinance. Then, Petland, whose international headquarters is in Chillicothe, approached Senator Bob Peterson (R) of Chillicothe, to sponsor state legislation similar to Arizona’s. An amendment was quickly added to HB 166, an unrelated tax cleanup bill. The amendment aimed to VOID the ordinances already in place in Grove City and Toledo and to STOP other other jurisdictions from passing ordinances, banning the sale of mill animals in pet stores in the future. Recently, HB 166, a tax cleanup bill, with its new, unrelated amendment, “Pet Store Animal Sales”, had a hearing in the Senate Ways and Means committee, where Senator Peterson was chair. Not surprisingly, there was an outpouring of calls, letters, and visits from outraged Ohio voters, who wanted the harmful amendment stricken from the bill. The amendment was then taken off HB 166 and split into two, stand-alone bills, one in the House, HB 573, Dog Sales in Pet Stores, sponsored by Representative Gary Scherer (R), and the second in the Senate, SB 331, Dog Sales in Pet Stores, sponsored by Senator Bob Peterson (R). These two, brand new bills are being fast-tracked. Both having hearings this week in Columbus. It is also possible that the bills could be voted out of committee and sent to the Senate and House floors for a vote this week. This is not good. These bills must be stopped. It appears that special interests and big business influence government policy and state law. The chorus of “No More Big Government” is silent here. State government is strong-arming Ohio voters by moving quickly to OVERTURN “home rule” in Toledo and Grove City and to prevent it from popping up in jurisdictions across the state. These bills are primarily an affront to our Ohio Constitution. The Ohio Constitution has a provision for “home rule”. “Home rule” intends to protect the wisdom of each community to know best what its own values are and to independently legislate in order to preserve those values. At the same time, there are some fourteen, common sense, companion animal bills in the shadows of the Statehouse, stalled in the 131st General Assembly. HB 573 and SB 331 are being fast-tracked ahead of these long-standing, important bills. When Petland comes knocking, our state government ignores the state Constitution, the will of its voters, and the orderly progression of bills. Eerily, the Ohio state government has been unfairly imposing its will here for some time. First, Ohio’s districts are some of the most heavily gerrymandered in the nation. In presidential election years, Ohio is a purple state. Voters are about evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. Yet, the Congressional districts, drawn by the majority party, are 75% Republican and 25% Democrat. Second, there is a state takeover of failing public schools in progress right now in Youngstown. Last year at this time, HB 70, Community Schools, had a sixty-six page amendment added the day before summer break. That surprise amendment, which detailed the state takeover of failing public schools, turned HB 70 on its head. Now, Ohio is facing the state legislature quickly VOIDING local pet store ordinances in Toledo and Grove City and STOPPING future ones from being passed. This is big government at its worst. The business interests of one company, Petland, are being promoted by the Ohio General Assembly over “home rule”, the will of the voters, consumer protections, and animal welfare. WHAT PEOPLE IN STATES ACROSS THE NATION CAN DO Do what you can, where you are. If you can share this blog with friends, thank you for bringing awareness to this issue of national concern. Takeover by the state of pet store regulations started in Arizona. It’s now in Ohio. Your state could be facing this crisis next. If you buy pet food, animal toys, pet shampoo, or pet products of any kind, thank you for only supporting those stores – in states across the nation, not just in Ohio – that advocate for our animal friends. Remember to VOTE SMART in November. Vote for humane legislators. Humane legislators support our bills by sponsoring, cosponsoring, voting yes on animal-friendly bills, and voting no on bills that harm our pets. Towards that end, watch both the committee votes on these two bills and the full House and Senate votes. I will post those votes for you. It will be very clear to you who the humane legislators are. Share the information widely with your family, friends, and neighbors. If you can write or call, here are the committee members, their contact information, and a sample script. It is best to tweak the script a bit so that the e-mails do not all sound the same. SB 331, Dog Sales in Pet Stores, will have a hearing on Tuesday, May 24 in the Finance Committee. Please RESPECTFULLY call or write the committee members. You might write – “Dear Chair Oelslager, Vice Chair Coley, Ranking Minority Member Skindell, and honorable members of the Senate Finance committee,” “I strongly urge you to VOTE NO on SB 331, “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”. “I stand firmly against this bill for several reasons. First, there are about 17, companion animal bills in the 131st General Assembly. There are very few working days left in this GA. Not one of these bills has yet been signed by our governor. SB 331, “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”, is being fast-tracked and has not been properly vetted. “It was just introduced and is now having sponsor / proponent / opponent / and interested party testimony. It is moving more quickly than any other animal bill in a decade.” “Second, I am opposed to the state legislators trumping ‘home rule’. Local jurisdictions are in the best position to know what their community values are and to make their own ordinances.” “This is yet another example of ‘big government’ deciding what’s best for all and imposing laws which the local jurisdictions do not want. My community, my family, and I do not want this bill to be passed.” “Third, state legislation should protect unsuspecting consumers from buying defective, unsocialized animals instead of opening the floodgates to sell more mill animals.” “Fourth, how do the wishes of one, Ohio business, Petland, override the wishes of the voters and due process in Toledo, Grove City, and in jurisdictions across the state?” “In closing, I urge you to VOTE NO on SB 331, “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”. Sincerely, –(your name)— –(your city)— Senate Finance Committee * on the November ballot Sen Scott Oelslager (R), Chair (614) 466-0626 oelslager@ohiosenate.gov * Sen Bill Coley (R), Vice-chair (614) 466-8072 coley@ohiosenate.gov Sen Michael Skindell (D), Ranking Minority Member (614) 466-5123 skindell@ohiosenate.gov Sen Bill Beagle (R), (614) 466-6247 beagle@ohiosenate.gov * Sen Dave Burke (R), (614) 466-8049 burke@ohiosenate.gov * Sen Randy Gardner (R), (614) 466-8060 gardner@ohiosenate.gov * Sen Lou Gentile (D), (614) 466-6508 gentile@ohiosenate.gov Sen Cliff Hite (R), (614) 466-8150 hite@ohiosenate.gov Sen Jim Hughes (R) (614) 466-5981 hughes@ohiosenate.gov Sen Tom Patton (R), (614) 466-8056 patton@ohiosenate.gov Sen Bob Peterson (R), (614) 466-8156 peterson@ohiosenate.gov Sen Tom Sawyer (D), (614) 466-7041 sawyer@ohiosenate.gov Sen Charleta B. Tavares (D), (614) 466-5131 tavares@ohiosenate.gov HB 573, “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”, will have a hearing on Tuesday, May 24 in front of the House Finance committee. SB 331 and HB 573, Dog Sales in Pet Stores, are companion bills. One is moving through the House. The second is moving through the Senate. This allows for fast movement through the Statehouse. So, let’s use the same letter twice. However, we will address it to a different committee in the House. Please RESPECTFULLY write or call the members of the House Finance committee. You might write – “Dear Chair Smith, Vice Chair Ryan, Ranking Minority Member Driehaus, and honorable members of the House Finance committee,” “I strongly urge you to VOTE NO on HB 573, “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”. “I stand firmly against this bill for several reasons. First, there are about 17, companion animal bills in the 131st GA. Not one of these bills has yet been signed by our governor. HB 573, “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”, is being fast-tracked and has not been properly vetted. “It was just introduced and is now having sponsor / proponent testimony. It is moving more quickly than any other animal bill in years.” “Second, I am opposed to the state legislators trumping ‘home rule’. Local jurisdictions are in the best position to know what their community values are and to make their own ordinances.” “This is yet another example of ‘big government’ deciding what’s best for all and imposing laws which the local jurisdictions do not want. I, my family, and my community do not want this bill to be passed.” “Third, state legislation should protect unsuspecting consumers from buying defective, unsocialized animals instead of opening the floodgates to sell more mill animals.” “Fourth, how do the wishes of one, Ohio business, Petland, override the wishes of the voters in Toledo, Grove City, and in jurisdictions across the state?” “In closing, I urge you to VOTE NO on HB 573, “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”. Sincerely, –(your name)— –(your city)— House Finance Committee *on the November ballot *Rep Ryan Smith (R), Chair (614) 466-1366 rep93@ohiohouse.gov Rep Scott Ryan (R), Vice Chair (614) 466-1482 rep71@ohiohouse.gov *Rep Denise Driehaus (D), Ranking Minority Member (614) 466-5786 rep31@ohiohouse.gov *Rep Marlene Anielski (R), (614) 644-6041 rep06@ohiohouse.gov *Rep Nickie J. Antonio (D), (614) 466-5921 rep13@ohiohouse.gov Rep Kevin Boyce (D), (614) 466-5343 rep25@ohiohouse.gov *Rep Tony Burkley (R), (614) 644-5091 rep82@ohiohouse.gov *Rep Jack Cera (D), (614) 466-3735 rep96@ohiohouse.gov *Rep Kathleen Clyde (D), (614) 466-2004 rep75@ohiohouse.gov *Rep Robert Cupp (R), (614) 466-9624 rep04@ohiohouse.gov Rep Timothy Derickson (R), (614) 644-5094 rep53@ohiohouse.gov *Rep John Patterson (D), (614) 466-1405 rep99@ohiohouse.gov Rep Debbie Phillips (D), (614) 466-2158 rep94@ohiohouse.gov Rep Barbara Sears (R), (614) 466-1731 rep47@ohiohouse.gov Share this: Facebook Twitter This entry was posted in Animal Law and tagged animal-friendly, Arizona, big government, bill, cat, committee, companion animal, constitution, consumer protection, cosponsor, Democrat, dog, finance, home rule, House, humane legislator, law, Ohio, ordinance, pet, pet products, pet store, puppy mills, representative, Republican, Senate, senator, sponsor, vote smart on May 21, 2016 by pawsandthelawblog. Do you have ten minutes to advocate for Ohio mill puppies and kittens? Kindly write or call important decision makers in Columbus to push back against the contentious amendment in HB 166! The “Pet Store Animal Sales” amendment, recently slipped into HB 166, an unrelated tax cleanup bill, lays a legal foundation for continuing ‘profits over pups’. This amendment aims to OVERTURN the ban on the sale of mill animals in pet stores already passed in Toledo and Grove City and to STOP future ordinances from passing in Ohio cities. This amendment overrides “home rule”, the ability of individual jurisdictions to understand and to regulate their local issues. Will the state legislature be enacting other legislation to nullify more local ordinances? The ever-popular “End Big Government” chorus is silent here. State legislators appear to be strong-arming the small jurisdictions by moving suddenly on this undesirable amendment, right before summer break. These legislators are now poised to impose the will of a few onto the many. Costly, ongoing problems come with the purchase of mill animals. Designer pets, originating in mills, with hidden health and behavior problems, are often sold for $1,000, $1,500, even several thousands of dollars per animal. Cleaned up, groomed, and endearing – but seriously defective – pets are sold to unsuspecting consumers. Moreover, this recently added amendment is a clear example of special interests and lobbyists directing the legislature. Petland has a law suit against Grove City because of the ordinance that passed there in March to ban mill animals from being sold in pet stores. Petland approached Senator Bob Peterson (R) of Chillicothe, where Petland’s world headquarters is located, to add this amendment to a bill. Senator Peterson is the chair of the Senate Ways and Means committee, that is hearing HB 166 with the horrendous, Petland-backed amendment. Also, the “Pet Stores Animal Sales” amendment states, “The regulation of pet stores is a matter of general statewide interest that requires statewide regulation.” I agree that this is a laudable goal. It should, however, be reached in a decidedly different manner. Instead of voiding local ordinances with state bills, the senators should be applauding the legislative initiatives and due diligence of Grove City and Toledo. Widespread awareness of the miserable conditions in which animals are raised by large-scale, dog merchants has launched a flurry of protective, legislative action across the nation. Over 160 jurisdictions nationwide have passed ordinances to ban the sale of mill animals in pet stores with a half dozen more poised to pass their own ordinances. More than 21 states (AZ, AK, CA, CT, DE, FL, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NB, NV, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, VT, VA) have enacted “Puppy Lemon Laws”. “Puppy Lemon” laws are common sense consumer protections that guard against individuals unknowingly buying a dog or cat with expensive, health or severe behavior problems. Senator Peterson was recently quoted in the media as saying he wanted to see animals coming from USDA-licensed breeders. Unfortunately, Senator, the USDA-licensed breeders require only the most bare, minimum standards of care to keep an animal alive. Pet stores nationwide regularly advertise that their puppies and kittens come from USDA-licensed breeders. This is an attempt to relax unsuspecting consumers. The consumers believe that this means these animals are not bred in mills. That is not so. That USDA-license neither assures that the animals were housed in sanitary conditions nor confirms that the animals had adequate, veterinary care. Big business is at its worst here. One business with its world headquarters in Ohio is directing state law, against the will of the voters across the state. There is a hearing in Columbus on HB 166 this Wednesday WITH A POSSIBLE VOTE. We do not want the amendment to be voted on in committee. We want the amendment to be taken out. If the committee votes on HB 166 WITH the amendment, it is also possible that HB 166 could move to the Senate floor for a vote. This would not be good. There is a similar, pet store bill in Arizona that has passed both the House and the Senate. It awaits the governor’s signature. “’We want to grow in all four corners of the state,’ said Mike Gonidakis, Petland attorney and lobbyist. ‘Our world headquarters is in Chillicothe. We’re a family-owned business that employs 500 people statewide in over 20 stores, and we want to grow. But radicals have been picking off city councils one at a time to ban us from operating.’” Both Toledo and Grove City Councils have passed resolutions opposing this amendment. When Illinois Governor Quinn signed his “Puppy Lemon” bill into law, he stated, ”This law … is all about protecting our pets and protecting our families who love their pets. We don’t want those who are conducting these puppy mills anywhere in the United States to get away with what they’re doing. That’s our real mission.” Please write or call the members of the Senate Ways and Means committee. RESPECTFULLY ask that the “Pet Stores Animal Sales” amendment be taken out of HB 166. “Dear Chair Peterson, Vice Chair Beagle, Ranking Minority Member Tavares, and honorable members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee,” “I strongly urge you to strike the “Pet Store Animal Sales” amendment, recently slipped into HB 166, a tax cleanup bill.” “I stand firmly against this amendment for several reasons. First, I am opposed to the state legislators working to end ‘home rule’. Local jurisdictions are in the best position to know what their community values are and to make their own ordinances. This is yet another example of ‘big government’ deciding what’s best for all and imposing laws which the local jurisdictions do not want.” “Second, state legislation should protect unsuspecting consumers from buying unhealthy, unsocialized animals instead of opening the floodgates to sell more mill animals.” “Third, this recently added amendment relates specifically to one, Ohio business whose world headquarters is located in the chair of the committee’s district, Chillicothe.” “In closing, I urge you to strike this contentious amendment from HB 166 before the next committee meeting.” Sincerely, –(your name)— –(your city)— Senate Ways and Means Committee Sen Bob Peterson, Chair (R), (614) 466-8156 peterson@ohiosenate.gov Sen Bill Beagle (R), (614) 466-6247 beagle@ohiosenate.gov Sen Chaleta Tavares (D), Ranking Minority Member (614) 466-5131 tavares@ohiosenate.gov Sen Troy Balderson (R), (614) 466-8076 balderson@ohiosenate.gov Sen Capri Cafaro (D), (614) 466-7182 cafaro@ohiosenate.gov Sen Frank LaRose (R), (614) 466-4823 larose@ohiosenate.gov Sen John Eklund (R), (614) 644-7718 eklund@ohiosenate.gov Sen Bob Hackett (R), (614) 466-3780 hackett@ohiosenate.gov Sen Kris Jordan (R), (614) 466-8086 jordan@ohiosenate.gov Sen Sandra Williams (D), (614) 466-4857 williams@ohiosenate.gov Please copy your e-mails to jsiegel@dispatch.com and jprovance@theblade.com They have been reporting on the amendment. In my opinion, any legislator in support of this amendment is NOT a HUMANE LEGISLATOR. Do not vote for him or her in November. Keep those names on your radar and widely share them. Thank you so much for working to stop this fast-tracked, offensive amendment! Share this: Facebook Twitter This entry was posted in Animal Law and tagged amendment, bill, cat, companion animal, consumer, dog, home rule, House, law, legislation, mill animals, Ohio, pet, pet store, Puppy Lemon Law, puppy mills, Senate, standards of care, tax on May 16, 2016 by pawsandthelawblog. “Good Samaritan” bill is rounding the bases and headed for home plate! Sub SB 215, the “Good Samaritan” bill, was hit out of the ball park yesterday by the Ohio House Judiciary Committee vote, 13 – 0. It was already on base, ready for action! The Senate had unanimously passed it. It is now rounding the bases and is headed for home plate! Sub SB 215 allows individuals to rescue children and pets in danger in unattended vehicles. This bill can save lives, children’s and pets’. Individuals that break a window or forcibly enter a parked car to rescue a child or a pet in danger, are immune from civil damages, provided that they take certain, common sense measures. These reasonable measures are: (1) Determine the vehicle is locked. (2) Believe the child or the pet is in danger. (3) Call 9-1-1, the police, or the fire department before entering the car. (4) Place a note on the windshield with contact information, the reason the entry was made, the location of the child or pet, and stating that authorities have been notified. (5) Remain with the child or pet until authorities arrive. (6) Use no more force than necessary to break into the vehicle. On the other hand, Sub SB 215 is also a far-sighted bill that anticipates that a person who is “recklessness or willful … with regard to the forcible entry of the motor vehicle” will not be exempt from damages. There are at least twenty-two states (AZ, CA, DE, FL, IL, ME, MI, MD, MN, NB, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, NV, OK, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, VT, WA, and WV) with legislation that specifically prohibits leaving an animal or a child in a confined vehicle, in conditions which endanger the life of the animal or child, like lack of adequate ventilation or extreme temperatures. Cars can be deathtraps for children and pets. In 2014, there were 32 children nationwide who died horrendous deaths in hot cars, according to the organization Kids and Cars. Additionally, pets can suffer heatstroke and brain damage in minutes in a hot car or be impaired by frost bite and hypothermia, leading to their deaths, in a frigid car. Last year in Cincinnati, where I live, there were two reports of animals dying in vehicles. One dog died a terrible death, trapped in a sweltering car in Clifton in the summer. A second dog died overnight in plummeting temperatures, left in the back of an SPCA van. Additionally, there was an eight-month old infant that died in a hot car in a parking lot in Central Ohio, last summer, while her mother shopped. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-215 (Read Sub SB 215 at the link.) HOW YOU CAN KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING! This important bill is headed for a full House vote. Please contact your state rep to ask him to support Sub SB 215, the “Good Samaritan” bill. If you don’t know who your state rep is, click on the link below. Then, type in your zip code AND your four-digit extension (9 numbers in all) in the two boxes. If you do not know your four-digit extension, there is a quick link above the two boxes for you. If you filled in both boxes correctly, you should be left with just two names, your state rep and your state senator. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislators/find-my-legislators PM me, Beth Sheehan, to get your state rep’s e-mail address. It is easier for you to get it from me than for you to go to his web site to fill out a form first. A sample script follows: “Dear Representative Smith,” “I strongly encourage you to VOTE YES on Sub SB 215, the “Good Samaritan” bill, when it comes before you soon for a full House vote. This important, common sense bill can save lives by allowing individuals to break into cars to rescue children and pets in danger.” “Sub SB 215 was voted unanimously out of the Senate and unanimously voted out of the House Judiciary Committee.” “Sincerely,” __(your name)___ __(your city)_____ Thank you, Ohio, for working for the passage of Sub SB 215, the “Good Samaritan” bill! Share this: Facebook Twitter This entry was posted in Animal Law and tagged animal, animal law, Arizona, bill law, California, car, cat, children, common sense, companion animal, danger, Delaware, dog, Florida, frostbite, Good Samaritan, heat stroke, House, hypothermia, Illinois, Judiciary Committee, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, pet, representative, rescue, Rhode Island, Senate, senator, South Dakota, Tennessee, trapped, unanimous, unattended vehicle, Utah, Vermont, Vote, Washington, West Virginia on May 4, 2016 by pawsandthelawblog. Get Your Peanuts, Popcorn, & Talking Points Right Here for Tuesday’s Triple Header! Do you have ten minutes to write to important decision-makers in Columbus this week? Three, critical, companion animal bills will have hearings in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. This is the committee in which our bills generally languish and die. Furthermore, although there are now sixteen, companion animal bills in the current General Assembly, not one has been signed into law by Governor Kasich. Additionally, just THREE of our stand-alone bills have been enacted in the last EIGHT YEARS. Below is a sample script, contact information, and links to the bills. The script is lengthy so that anyone can understand the main points of each bill. Feel free to shorten it. It is always better if each person tweaks the narrative a bit so that each e-mail sounds different. Thank you for working to see our beloved cats, precious dogs, and vulnerable people get stronger, legal protections! Dear Chair Hite, Vice Chair Hackett, Ranking Minority Member Gentile, and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I strongly encourage you to VOTE YES on HB 187, First Responders Stabilize Injured Pets, to VOTE NO on HB 60, “Goddard’s Law”, and to have additional hearings on SB151, Dog Law Revision. First, HB 187, First Responders Stabilize Injured Pets, is a bill that can save lives, not many bills can do that. Emergency response teams have reported that individuals in a crisis, like a house fire or a car accident, are often panicked that their animals may be seriously hurt or lost. The pet owners will not be calmed, and sometimes refuse treatment, until they are reassured that their dogs and cats are safe. Additionally, this bill clarifies the type of treatment a prized, police dog may receive in an emergency. These highly trained animals have unique skills. They protect not only their communities, but also the lives of the police officers that deploy with them. Local police departments cannot afford to accidentally lose these valuable dogs in a quickly deteriorating, dangerous situation because the first responders are not permitted by Ohio law to treat them. Second, I support “Goddard’s Law”, Felony for Animal Cruelty, as it was originally written, as HB 274 in the 130th General Assembly. I stand firmly opposed to the passage of HB 60, “Goddard’s Law”, because of the amendment, added just before the last, House vote. The excellent legislative aim of HB 60 is severely damaged by this amendment. HB 60, Goddard’s Law, now appears to be going in two different directions at once. HB 60, as originally written, aims to protect both companion animals and Ohio communities with a felony provision for animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is well understood to be a sentinel act for interpersonal violence, including murder, rape, domestic violence, elder abuse, and child abuse. The National Association of Prosecuting Attorneys states, “Under-enforcement of animal cruelty laws is directly correlated to a host of corrosive, societal ills.” Yet, the recent amendment aims to diminish the successful prosecution of animal felony cases by not allowing humane societies to employ special prosecutors for felony animal cruelty. This amendment takes away one of the current options of the humane society. Each county humane society is in the best position to know whether the special prosecutor or the county prosecutor in its county can better handle the animal abuse cases. I believe that one of the unintended consequences of the passage of HB 60 with this amendment is that in order to retain experienced, animal law attorneys, who have a sharp understanding of the complexities of the successful prosecution of animal cruelty cases, the humane societies will choose to make more animal crimes a misdemeanor, instead of a felony. This will have a chilling effect on the future felony prosecution of animal cruelty cases in Ohio. This unintended effect alone for me is worth stopping the bill. Third, SB 151, Dog Law Revision, needs more committee work. There are valuable points in this bill, including extending the amount of time violent felons cannot own dogs from 3 years to 5 years and keeping convicted, child abusers from owning a dog for five years. However, SB 151 offers neither incentive to rehabilitate the irresponsible owner nor common sense, bite prevention. Instead, the bill causes the dog to suffer penalties, sometimes with its life, because of its careless owner. Practical preventions of future bites or injuries might include requiring the dog to be on a short (4 ft) leash or requiring the reckless owner to take attend behavior classes along with his dog. Upon successful completion of the dog training course, the owner will present his certificate to the dog warden. Additionally, other states provide for declassification of the dogs after, for instance, a three-year period without a biting incident. So, the animal that was declared “dangerous”, that has completed three years without incident, may now be assigned a “nuisance”. HB 151 leaves dog owners in the unhappy position of having to defend any injury the dog is alleged to have caused. Each time a report on the dog is filed, the dog warden is required to assign a label, “nuisance, dangerous, or vicious”, to the animal. Many owners will give up. The dogs will be surrendered. Even worse, euthanization is mandated for any dog that kills a companion animal. This animal might be a hamster. In summary, I urge you to VOTE YES on SB 187, First Responders Stabilize Injured Pets, to VOTE NO on HB 60, “Goddard’s Law”, and to continue to work in committee on SB 151, Dog Law Revision. Sincerely, (your name) (your city, Ohio) Read HB 187, First Responders Stabilize Pets in an Emergency, at the link below. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-187 Read HB 60, “Goddard’s Law”, felony for animal cruelty, at the link below. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-60 Read SB 151, Revision of Dog Law, at the link below. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-151 Ohio Senate Agriculture Committee Sen Cliff Hite, (R) Chair – (614) 466-8150 hite@ohiosenate.gov Sen Bob Hackett, (R) Vice Chair – (614) 466-3780 hackett@ohiosenate.gov Sen Lou Gentile, (D) Ranking Minority Member – (614) 466-6508 gentile@ohiosenate.gov Sen Bill Beagle (R) – (614) 466-6247 beagle@ohiosenate.gov Sen Michael Skindell (D) – (614) 466-5123 skindell@ohiosenate.gov Sen Frank LaRose (R) – (614) 466-4823 larose@ohiosenate.gov Sen Capri Cafaro (D) – (614) 466-7182 cafaro@ohiosenate.gov Sen Randy Gardner (R) – (614) 466-8060 gardner@ohiosenate.gov Sen Joe Uecker, (R) – (614) 466-8082 uecker@ohiosenate.gov Sen Bob Peterson, (R) – (614) 466-8156 peterson@ohiosenate.gov Sen Dave Burke, (R) – (614) 466-8049 burke@ohiosenate.gov Share this: Facebook Twitter This entry was posted in Animal Law and tagged accident, agriculture, amendment, animal abuse, animal cruelty, behavior class, bill, bill beagle, bite prevention, bob hackett, capri cafaro, cat, child abuse, cliff hite, committee, companion animal, county prosecutor, dog, dog law, domestic violence, elder abuse, emergency, felon, felony, first aide, first responders, frank larose, Goddard's Law, injury, interpersonal violence, irresponsible pet owner, law, Lou Gentile, michael skindell, misdemeanor, murder, National Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Ohio, pet, pet owner, police dog, police officer, prosecution, rape, rehabilitate, revision, service animal, special prosecutors, stabilize, treatment, unintended consequence, veterinary hospital on April 22, 2016 by pawsandthelawblog. Bestiality must be outlawed Bestiality makes us very uncomfortable. It is too hard to talk about, even with our families. It involves the unspeakable. It is one of our last taboos, boiling beneath the surface of our well-ordered communities. But it is an outlier of deviant behavior so extreme that it must be banned. It is a marker of a seriously disturbed mind. It is clear sign of a combustible danger, hidden from our immediate view. Animals are the perfect victims. They are easy to restrain and control … and they can never tell. Animal casualties are often reported first by animal control or neighbors. A dog’s whimpering or a cat’s frenzy may finally attract the attention of a nearby-resident. But there may be less visible victims, tyrannized, in a nearby house of suffering. The children, the partners, the elderly, the handicapped – they may also be ensnared in an endless web of fear and pain. Children and animals often appear together as easy victims of prey. For example, when law enforcement agencies confiscate the computers of trolls of child pornography, there is generally a trove of bestiality photos and videos also stored on those, same devices. The FBI recognizes the importance of sexual animal abuse as an strong indicator of human crimes. In January of 2016, the FBI began, for the first time, to require the 18,000, local and state, law enforcement agencies to report animal cruelty in a stand-alone category, “crimes against society”. Bestiality is a warped, vile act. It can be a powerful precursor of sexual homicide predators. It is also practiced by violent criminals, sex offenders, and the sexually abused. Bestiality has health risks too. Animals can carry and transmit human, sexual diseases, bacterial or parasitic infections, as well as cancer-causing viruses. WHAT WE CAN DO Bestiality remains legal in about a dozen states, including Ohio. There are two viable options for banning bestiality in Ohio communities. First, support SB 195, Bestiality, sponsored by Senator Jim Hughes. Write your state legislators to advocate for its passage. This important bill has failed before. Additionally, time is running out. The 131st General Assembly ends on December 31, 2016. The legislators will break for the summer at the end of May and not return to the Statehouse until after the November elections. Furthermore, our governor and our state legislators, as a whole, have repeatedly failed us. Not one of our sixteen, sound, practical, companion animal bills has been signed into law during this General Assembly by Governor Kasich. Additionally, only three, stand-alone, companion animal bills have been enacted in the last eight years. So, it’s up to us now. Let’s get on our feet. We can take a model ordinance to our own city councils to see it passed in our own cities and townships. Jason Cooke, dedicated, animal advocate, and DanaMarie Panella, talented, animal law attorney, have generously worked together on this local ordinance banning bestiality so that individuals across the state could initiate and usher forward important safeguards to protect their animals and their neighbors. http://holland-muirden.com/blog/bestiality-law-ohio (Click on the above link to read DanaMarie Panella’s blog and her ordinance on bestiality.) Why not get started today? Contact Jason Cooke. He will guide you through the process of contacting and working with your city council to see a local ordinance against bestiality passed. Bestiality is a twisted, violent act, well connected to other predatory acts. It must be outlawed. Share this: Facebook Twitter This entry was posted in Animal Law and tagged animal, animal law attorney, bestiality, bill, cancer-causing virus, cat, children, companion animal, disease, dog, elderly, FBI, felony, General Assembly, handicapped, law, legislator, misdemeanor, Ohio, ordinance, parasitic infection, pet, predator, representative, SB 195, senator, Senator Jim Hughes, sexual disease, sexual homicide, Statehouse, taboo, victim, virus on April 19, 2016 by pawsandthelawblog. Can you give 10 minutes a week to curb animal cruelty & neglect? Good news from Newark, Ohio today! City Council voted to ban BDL! When Newark passes an ordinance to protect its dogs and to safeguard its community, dogs and their families across the nation also gain. Awareness grows. Momentum increases. Do you have 10 minutes each week to curb animal cruelty and neglect? Please join Paws and the Law’s humane community. We work together across Ohio to advance state and local initiatives. Your part is easy. You can even work from the comfort of your home. Paws and the Law closely follows legislative initiatives for companion animals. When a critical point, like a hearing or a vote is about to happen, you will receive contact information for important decision makers and a sample script. You, of course, can use your own narrative. Can you give 10 – 15 minutes a week, working from home, to work against animal cruelty? If so, PM Beth Sheehan with your e-mail address today. A list of the current, companion animal bills in the Ohio General Assembly follows. Most of our bills languish and die in the Ohio Senate. But if we all do whatever we can, where we are, together we will be an awesome force for good for our beloved cats and dogs. BILLS in the 131st GENERAL ASSEMBLY 1. HB 45 – Humane Officer Training SUPPORT Sponsor: Cosponsors: Representatives Jack Cera, Michael Stinziano, Debbie Phillips, Sean O’Brien, Cheryl Grossman, Michele Lepore-Hagan Status – Local Government Committee Summary – “to require an individual to file proof of successful completion of training with the county recorder prior to being appointed as a humane society agent and to require the revocation or suspension of an appointment under certain circumstances” https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-45 (Read HB 45 here.) (NOTE – The humane officer has 20 hours of special training in how to approach and to analyze an animal crime scene. Additionally, HB 45 gets rid of the residency requirement. Right now a humane officer can only work in the county in which he lives. By getting rid of the residency requirement, the same amount of officers can spread out to additional counties to investigate animal cruelty. Finally, many, Ohio counties, especially rural ones, have no humane officer.) 2. HB 60 – “Goddard’s Law”, felony for animal cruelty OPPOSE because of amendment added on June 9, 2015 (NOTE – Read linked blog for an explanation of possible, unintended consequences of amendment. http://pawsandthelawblog.com/?p=373 ) Sponsors: Representatives Bill Patmon and David Hall Cosponsors: Representatives Nickie J. Antonio, Tim W. Brown, John Patterson, Marilyn Slaby, Sarah LaTourette, Cheryl Grossman, Janine R. Boyd, Jack Cera, John Barnes, David Leland, Michele Lepore-Hagan, Debbie Phillips, Michael Sheehy, Mark Romanchuk, Louis W. Blessing, Margaret Ann Ruhl, Marlene Anielski, Mike Ashford, Nan Baker, Nicholas J. Celebrezze, Mike Dovilla, Denise Driehaus, Teresa Fedor, Bob Hackett, Stephen Hambley, Michael Henne, Stephanie D. Howse, Greta Johnson, Terry Johnson, Michael O’Brien, Sean O’Brien, Dorothy Pelanda, Dan Ramos, John Rogers, Kirk Schuring, Barbara Sears, Stephen Slesnick, Kent Smith, Marting Sweeney Status – HB 60 WITH THE NEW AMENDMENT passed the House. Summary – “to revise provisions and penalties regarding treatment of companion animals, to revise the definition of “companion animal” in the Offenses Relating to Domestic Animals Law, and to provide a state collaborative effort to assist veterinarians in identifying clients who may use their animals to secure opioids for abuse” https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-60 (Read HB 60 here.) (NOTE – HB 60, “Goddard’s Law”, felony for animal cruelty, is the next step for Ohio after “Nitro’s Law”. I’d like to explain felony for animal abuse in Ohio right now. MOST animal abuse is a misdemeanor in Ohio. There are two, specific times when animal abuse is a felony. First, the SECOND TIME that an offender is convicted of animal cruelty, it is a felony. The first time that offender is convicted it is a misdemeanor. Second, if an animal “in the care of a kennel” is intentionally harmed by the manager, the owner, or the employees, it is a felony. This is “Nitro’s Law”. Additionally, Ohio judges are mandated to seek community sanctions (no jail) for certain nonviolent offenders because of prison overcrowding. Animal abusers are considered by law to be nonviolent. So, at sentencing, the animal abusers often end up with no jail time, a fine, AND they get their animal back.) 3. HB 94 – Cruelty, Neglect, and Tethering SUPPORT Sponsor: Representative John Barnes, Jr. Cosponsors: Representatives Mike Duffey, Michele Lepore-Hagan, Margaret Ruhl Status – House Agriculture & Rural Development Committee, 1st hearing Summary – “to prohibit a person from negligently allowing an animal to be tethered outdoors under specified circumstances” (NOTE – HB 94 protects animals from being endlessly chained outside in extreme weather. It also gives specification to the type of shelter the outside dogs need. So, for example, it’s not “adequate shelter” to have a dog in a plastic igloo in plummeting temperatures.) https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-94 (Read HB 94 here.) 4. HB 121 – Service Dog Awareness Week SUPPORT Sponsors: Representatives Michael Stinziano and Margaret Ann Ruhl Cosponsors: Representatives Ron Amstutz, Nicholas Celebrezze, Michele Lepore-Hagan, Debbie Phillips, Jeffery Rezabek, Ronald V. Gerberry, Cheryl Grossman, Bob Hackett, Stephen Slesnick, Martin Sweeney, Sarah LaTourette, Nickie J. Antonio, Nan A. Baker, Andrew Brenner, Thomas E. Brinkman, Tim W. Brown, Jim Buchy, Hearcel F. Craig, Robert R. Cupp, Timothy Derickson, Denise Driehaus, Teresa Fedor, Timothy E. Ginter, Christina Hagan, David Hall, Stephen Hambley, Brian Hill, Greta Johnson, Terry Johnson, Christie Bryant Kuhns, Stephanie Kunze, Al Landis, David Leland, Michael O’Brien, Sean O’Brien, Rick Perales, Dan Ramos, John Rogers, Mark Romanchuk, Tim Schaffer, Barbara Sears, Michael Sheehy, Marilyn Slaby, Kent Smith, Robert Sprague, Emilia Strong Sykes, Ron Young Summary – “to designate the last week of July as ‘Service Dog Awareness Week’” Status – HB 121 passed out of House and Senate; needs governor’s signature https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-121(Read HB 121 here.) (NOTE – HB 121 highlights the unique skills a service animal provides to his owner so that the owner is able to become more independent and mobile in his own life. It also informs business owners of the rights the service animal and his owner have when they enter their places of business.) 5. HB 187 – First Responders – SIGNED INTO LAW Sponsor: Representative Timothy Ginter Cosponsors: Representatives Sarah LaTourette, Blessing III, Schaffer, Vitale, Michele Lepore-Hagan, Margaret Ruhl, Becker, Steve Hambley Summary – “to authorize a first responder, emergency medical technician-basic, emergency medical technician-intermediate, emergency medical technician-paramedic, or volunteer firefighter to stabilize an injured animal in an emergency” Status – House and Aging Committee https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-187 (Read HB 187 here.) (NOTE – HB 187 clearly defines what first responders may do on behalf of our pets in a crisis, such as a fire or a car accident. They may provide oxygen to a stressed animal or a splint to his injured leg before the animal goes to a veterinarian.) 6. HB 198 – Special Prosecutors OPPOSED (NOTE – Read linked, opponent testimony of Matt Ditchey, representative of eight, Ohio grassroots groups. http://pawsandthelawblog.com/?p=367) Sponsors : Representatives Steve Hambley and Greta Johnson Cosponsors: Summary – “to abolish the humane society’s authority to employ an attorney to prosecute certain violations of law dealing with animal cruelty or acts involving mistreatment or nonsupport of children” Status: Referred to House Judiciary committee Click here to view the full text of the bill as introduced in the House – > https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-198 7. HB 215 – Animal Fighting SUPPORT Sponsors: Representatives Barbara Sears and Heather Bishoff Cosponsors: Representatives Cheryl Grossman, Brian Hill, Steven Kraus, Sarah LaTourette, David Leland, Robert McColley, Debbie Phillips, Michael Sheehy, Michael Stinziano Summary – “to prohibit and establish an increased penalty for knowingly engaging in activities associated with cockfighting, bearbaiting, or pitting an animal against another” Status – Passed out of House in February of 2016 https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-215 (Read HB 215 here.) 8. House Bill No. 278 – County Humane Societies – OPPOSE Sponsor: Representative Steve Hambley Summary – “to require approval by the board of county commissioners, instead of the probate judge, of appointments of agents by county humane societies outside a municipal corporation, to specify that a county humane society is a political subdivision, to make its directors, agents, officers, and employees subject to the Ethics Law, and to increase the salaries paid to the agents.” Status: Referred to Government Accountability and Oversight Committee https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legis…/legislation-summary… (Read HB 278 here.) 9. House Bill No. 447 – Killing Police Animal – INTERESTED Sponsors: Representatives Kirk Schuring and Stephen Slesnick Summary – to prohibit a person from intentionally killing a police dog or horse in the line of duty. Status: Referred to State Government committee https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legis…/legislation-summary… (Read HB 447 here.) 10. House Bill 450 – Officer May Purchase His Police Animal – INTERESTED Sponsors: Representatives Andy Thompson and Dave Hall Summary – to authorize a law enforcement officer to purchase a police dog or horse for one dollar when the officer retires in good standing from a law enforcement agency Status: Referred to State Government Committee https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legis…/legislation-summary… (Read HB 450 here.) 11. SB 151, “The Klonda Richey Act” INTERESTED Sponsor: Senator Bill Beagle Cosponsor: Senator Peggy Lehner Summary – “to define nuisance, dangerous, and vicious dogs, to revise enforcement of that Law, and to establish a notification process regarding complaints of certain violations of that law” Status – State and Local Government Committee https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-151 (Read SB 151 here.) 12. Senate Bill No. 195 – Bestiality – INTERESTED Sponsors: Senators Jim Hughes and Sen. Jay Hottinger Cosponsors: Senators Kenny Yuko, Frank LaRose, Sandra R. Williams Summary – “to prohibit a person from engaging in sexual conduct with an animal and related acts, to provide for the seizure and impoundment of an animal that is the subject of a violation, and to authorize a sentencing court to require an offender to undergo psychological evaluation or counseling.” Status: Referred to Criminal Justice committee https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legis…/legislation-summary… (Read SB 195 here.) 13. SB 215 – “Good Samaritan” – SIGNED INTO LAW – goes into effect on August 31, 2016 Sponsors: Senators Jim Hughes and Frank LaRose Cosponsors: Senators Joe Uecker, Kevin Bacon, Bill Beagle, Dave Burke, Bill Coley, Randy Gardner, Cliff Hite, Jay Hottinger, Shannon Jones, Kris Jordan, Peggy Lehner, Gayle Mannning, Larry Obhof, Tom Patton, Tom Sawyer, Joe Schiavoni, Charleta B. Tavares, Cecil Thomas, Kenny Yuko Summary – to allow individuals to rescue a pet or a child in danger in an unattended vehicle without liability https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-votes?id=GA131-SB-215 (Read SB 215 here.) 14. Senate Bill 271 – Purchase Police Animal – INTERESTED Sponsor: Sen. Lou Gentile Summary – “to authorize a law enforcement officer to purchase a police dog or horse for fair market value when the officer retires in good standing from a law enforcement agency and certain conditions are met.” Status: Referred to Agriculture Committee https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legis…/legislation-summary… 16. Senate Bill 286 – Killing Police Animal – INTERESTED Sponsor: Sen. Jim Hughes Summary – “to modify the penalty for assaulting a police dog or horse to require, if the dog or horse is killed, a mandatory prison term and a mandatory fine to be paid to the law enforcement agency served by the dog or horse.” Status: Passed out of House committee https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legisl…/legislation-status… (Read SB 286 here.) Share this: Facebook Twitter This entry was posted in Animal Law and tagged animal, animal crime, animal fighting, animal law, animal law attorney, bear baiting, bestiality, cat, chaining, child, cock fighting, companion animal, cruelty, dog, emergency, felony, first aid, first responders, Good Samaritan, House, humane agent, humane officer, humane society, minor, misdemeanor, neglect, Ohio, pet, police dog, police horse, rescue, Senate, service animal, shelter, special prosecutors, Statehouse, tethering, training, unattended vehicle, weather on April 5, 2016 by pawsandthelawblog. How does your state rep measure up? Ohio Representatives’ Voting Records since the 128th General Assembly The single, most important act you can take to curb animal cruelty and neglect is to VOTE SMART! Vote for HUMANE LEGISLATORS that have a proven, voting record of sponsoring / cosponsoring and voting for good, companion animal bills and voting against bad ones. Here are the voting records of the current legislators. Some have been in office for several years. So, their records will be longer. Some are new. They will not have had a chance to vote much yet. Some candidates on your March 15 ballot will have no voting records because they have never been elected to the House or the Senate. Candidates and elected officials running for office have both a web site and a FB page. Why not call them or message them on their web page or on FB? Ask them which companion animal bills they have voted for in the past. Ask what their position is on an animal cruelty registry, animal fighting, and felony for animal cruelty. Be sure to share what you have learned with your family and friends before March 15! Because of our heavily gerrymandered districts in Ohio, the November winners for our Senate and House will be determined in March. So, be sure to VOTE SMART for our cats, dogs, and people at risk! I – “incumbent” 1. Mark Romanchuk (R ) (I) – Humane Legislator HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – PTSD Merits Service Dog – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 2. Tim Brown (R ) (I) – Humane Legislator HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – PTSD Merits Service Dog – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 3. Bob Cupp (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 4. Tim Ginter (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 5. Marlene Anielski (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 25 – PPO – yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – sponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 6. Kent Smith (D) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 7. Janine Boyd (D) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 8. Bill Patmon (D) (I) (He is sponsor of HB 60, which, in my opinion, is not good for our animals.) HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO, sponsor HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 300 – Search and Rescue Dog Protection – cosponsor HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – sponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 9. Stephanie Howse (D) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 10. John E. Barnes (D) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mill” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Agent Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 11. Nickie J. Antonio (D) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote SB 130 – Puppy Mills – cosponsor, yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 300 – Search and Rescue Dog – cosponsor HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law”- cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – sponsor, yes vote HB 243 – Psych. Eval. for Juveniles Convicted of Animal Cruelty – cosponsor HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dog for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 12. Martin J. Sweeney (D) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 13. Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D) (I) – Humane Legislator HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – cosponsor , yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 14. Kristin Boggs (D) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 15. Anne Gonzales (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 16. Heather Bishoff (D) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – sponsor, yes vote 17. Mike Duffey (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law”- cosponsor, yes vote SB 130 – Puppy Mills – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 18. David Leland (D) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 19. Jim Hughes (R) (I) (He is sponsor of HB 286, which increases penalties for injuring & mandates prison time for killing police dogs & horses.) SB 130 – Puppy Mills – sponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – sponsor, yes vote 20. Hearcel F. Craig (D) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 21. Tom Brinkman (R) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 22. Jonathan Dever (R) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 23. Louis Blessing (R) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 70 – Nitro’s Law – no vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – sponsor, yes vote HB 55 – PPO – yes vote HB 90 – Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dog for PTSD – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 24. Bill Seitz (R ) (He is in the Senate, where our bills have gone to die, for eight years. He did not sponsor / cosponsor / vote for any of our other bills, just the three below. He is term-limited. So, he is now running for the House) HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote SB 130 – Puppy Mills – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – sponsor, yes vote 25. Alicia Reece (D) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 25 – PPO – no vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dog for PTSC – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 26. Emily Sykes (D) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 27. Greta Johnson (D) (I) (She is sponsor of HB 198, which in my opinion, is not good for the animals.) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 28. Anthony DeVitis (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – no vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 29. Kristina Roegner (R) (I) (She has three NO VOTES: Felony for Animal Cruelty, No BSL, & Pet Protection Orders.) HB 14 – No BSL – no vote HB 25 – PPO – no vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – no vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote SB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – no vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 30. Marilyn Slaby (R) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – sponsor, yes vote HB 25 – PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote SB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law”, cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 243 – Psy Eval for Juven Convicted of Animal Abuse – sponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 31. Fred Strahorn (D) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 32. Michael E. Henne (R ) (I) (He has two no votes: No BSL, Humane Officer Training.) HB 25 – PPO – yes vote HB 14 – No BSL – no vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – no vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 243 – Psy Eval of Juvenile Convicted of Animal Abuse – cosponsor HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor , yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 33. Jim Butler (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 25 – PPO – yes vote HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor , yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 34. Niraj J. Antani (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 35. Jeff Rezabek (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 36. Michael D. Ashford (D) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 300 – Search and Rescue Dogs – cosponsor HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 37. Teresa Fedor (D) (I) HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsored, yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 300 – Search and Rescue Dogs – cosponsor HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 243 – Psych Eval for Juveniles Convicted of Animal Cruelty – cosponsor HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – no vote 38. Michael Sheehy (D) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Animals for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 39. Kirk Schuring (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 40. Christina M. Hagan (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 41. Wes Retherford (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 42. Margaret Conditt (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote 43. Paul Zeltwanger (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – absent 44. Nathan H. Manning (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 45. Dan Ramos (D) (I) HB 14 – No BSL – no vote HB 25 – PPO – yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – no vote 46. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 47. John A. Boccieri (D) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 48. John M. Rogers (D) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 47. Ron Young (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 25 – PPO, yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 49. Michael J. O’Brien (D) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 50. Doug Green (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote 51. Andrew O. Brenner (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 243 – Psych Eval for Juvenile Convicted of Animal Abuse – cosponsor HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO –yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 52. Steven Hambley (R ) (I) (He is the sponsor of HB 198 and HB 278, which are, in my opinion, not good for our animals.) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 53. Scott K. Ryan (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 54. Rick Perales (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 55. Kathleen Clyde (D) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 25 – PPO, yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 56. Sarah LaTourette (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 57. Tim Schaffer (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 58. Ron Hood (R ) (I) (He has had 3 “no votes”: felony for animal abuse, cock fighting, and domestic Violence & Pet Protection Orders.) HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – no vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – Domestic Violence & Pet Protection Orders – no vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – no vote 59. Kyle Koehler (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 60. Stephen A. Huffman (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 61. Robert McColley (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 62. Tony Burkley (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 63. John Becker (R ) (I) (He voted no on our bills twice: Felony for Animal Cruelty & Cock Fighting) HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – no vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – no vote 64. Robert Cole Sprague (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 65. Keith Faber (R ) (He is president of the Ohio Senate, where most of our good, reasonable bills, aimed at protecting our cats, dogs, and people at risk, go to sit with no hearings or votes. These bills time-out at the end of two years. – He has the authority to move our bills forward. But in the last SEVEN YEARS only three of our bills have passed. You can see those three bills that were enacted when you look at Senator Faber’s voting record.) Sub HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote SB 130 – Puppy Mills – no vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote 66. Nino Vitale (R ) (I) SB 215 – Cock Fighting – no vote 67. Dorothy Pelanda (R ) (I) HB 14 – No BSL – no vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 68. Steven Arndt (R ) (I) HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 69. Terry A. Johnson (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO –yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 70. Cliff Rosenberger (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR (He is Speaker of the House.) HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO, cosponsor – yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 71. Gary K. Scherer (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 72. Ryan Smith (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 73. Andy Thompson (R ) (I) (He has voted no on three bills: No BSL, PPO, and “Nitro’s Law”) HB 14 – No BSL – no vote HB 25 – PPO – no vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – no vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 74. Jack Cera (D) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 75. Brian Hill (R ) (I) HB 14 – No BSL – no vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – no vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote 76. Al Landis (R ) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR HB 14 – No BSL – yes vote HB 25 – PPO – yes vote HB 108 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote SB 130 – “Puppy Mills” – yes vote HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – yes vote HB 138 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – yes vote 77. John Patterson (D) (I) – HUMANE LEGISLATOR (Special thanks to Rep. Patterson, who has not only voted yes, but has also cosponsored those bills!) HB 90 – “Nitro’s Law” – cosponsor, yes vote HB 57 – Humane Officer Training – cosponsor, yes vote HB 274 – Felony for Animal Cruelty – cosponsor, yes vote HB 310 – Service Dogs for PTSD – cosponsor, yes vote SB 177 – DV & PPO – cosponsor, yes vote HB 215 – Cock Fighting – cosponsor, yes vote Share this: Facebook Twitter This entry was posted in Animal Law and tagged animal, animal abuse, animal cruelty, animal fighting, Anne Gonzales, bill, BSL, cat, child abuse, cock fighting, companion animal, cosponsor, Democrat, dog, dog fighting, domestic violence, elderly abuse, felony, Heather Bishoff, House, House of Representatives, humane agent, humane officer, interpersonal violence, Jim Hughes, juvenile, Marilyn Slaby, Mark Romanchuk, Marlene Anielski, Michael Ashford, Mike Duffey, misdemeanor, Nicholas Celebrezze, Nickie Antonio, Nitro's Law, Ohio, pet, pet protection orders, post traumatic stress disorder, psychological testing, PTSD, puppy mills, representative, Republican, rescue, search, Senate, senator, service dogs, sponsor, state, Tim Brown on March 4, 2016 by pawsandthelawblog. VOTE SMART in November! Vote to change the Ohio Senate! Ohio cats and dogs need you to VOTE SMART in November! Use your precious vote to VOTE for HUMANE LEGISLATORS. We vote for them. They vote for our bills. Each voter can vote for no more than one, state rep and one, state senator. STEP 1 – Know who your state rep and state senator are. These are no more than TWO legislators, one in the Senate and the other in the House that YOU can vote for, even though there are 132 state legislators. So, just focus on your TWO legislators. Don’t worry about the other 130 legislators right now. Find your state rep and your state senator at the following link. Fill in both boxes. In the first box, type your zip code. In the second box, type your 4-digit extension. If you do not know your 4-digit extension, there is a quick link right above the boxes to find it. If you have done everything correctly, you will see just two names, your state rep and your state senator. PM me, Beth Sheehan, with those two names. I’ll give you their contact information. If you have problems with the link, just Google “Find my Ohio, state legislators” for fresh link. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislators/find-my-legislators Our bills languish and die in the Ohio Senate year after year. We need to change the state Senate! STEP 2 – Look up your state senator’s voting record. Remember that only 16 of the 33 Senate seats are up for reelection. Perhaps your state senator is one that will not be up for reelection this year. http://pawsandthelawblog.com/?p=597 (This is my blog with the Senate candidates’ voting records on our bills for the last seven years. Many candidates will not be listed because they are new and do not yet have a voting record. So, I suggest that you call their campaign offices and ask them which animal issues they have supported before. Then ask how they would vote on a felony for animal cruelty bill and an animal abuse registry bill. Share that information with friends and family. STEP 3 – Look up your state rep’s voting record. http://pawsandthelawblog.com/?p=681 (This is my blog with the House candidates voting records for the last seven years. Many candidates will not be listed because they are new or have no voting record yet. Each candidate has a Facebook page and a web site. Call or write to them. Ask about the voting records and their positions on animal issues that are important to you. Each voter declares his party (Democrat, Republican, Green) in the primary. Take a look ahead of the primary at which candidates will be on your ballot. Then, find out how they stand on animal issues before you vote. “VOTE 411” is an excellent web site for voters You can find your own voting location and see your own ballot. There are links to more complete information on the candidates and the issues on your ballot. This site is constantly updated right until March 15. So, if some information is not there, keep trying back. Just type in your address on the first page. Then, follow the green button, “Get personalized information on candidates and issues.” Then, click on the green button, “View My Races”. http://www.vote411.org/home#.VtL9d8eMC9Y (Excellent web site for personal voter information) You can see the more than one hundred ten House and Senate candidates who are running in March. Each voter votes for not more than one, state senator and one, state rep. http://pawsandthelawblog.com (This is my blog with a list of all candidates for the Ohio Senate and Ohio House on March 15.) Take a look at the bills that have died in the Ohio Senate in the last SEVEN YEARS. http://pawsandthelawblog.com/?p=564 (My blog showing the bills and where they failed – in the Ohio Senate. I strongly encourage you to VOTE OUT the STATE SENATORS who do not vote for or sponsor our bills. Share this: Facebook Twitter This entry was posted in Animal Law and tagged bill, candidate, cat, companion animal, Democrat, dog, House, issue, law, March 15, Ohio, pet, primary, race, representative, Republican, Senate, senator, state, Vote, voting record on February 29, 2016 by pawsandthelawblog. Candidates for Ohio Senate and Ohio House – March 15, 2016 VOTE SMART for HUMANE LEGISLATORS on March 15! The single most important act you can take to curb animal cruelty and extreme neglect is to VOTE SMART! We vote for our legislators. They vote for our bills. There are 33 seats in the Ohio Senate. Half are up for election. Our bills languish and die in the Senate year after year. So, please be an informed voter, especially when you are voting for your state senator. Paws and the Law can publish past voting records. That way you can see how your senate candidate voted on our companion animal bills. However, many candidates are new. So, they have no voting records. You will have to call those candidates who have no voting record. Ask them specific questions. “Which companion animal bills have you sponsored in the past?” “How would you vote on a felony for animal cruelty bill?” “How would you vote on an animal abuse registry?” “How would you vote on a tethering bill?” Be sure to talk up the humane candidates among your friends, family, and coworkers. Most people do not know who their state senator and state rep are until they begin to follow state legislation. So, you will be helping others to be informed. Each voter has one state rep and one state senator. Find your state rep and your state senator at the following link. Fill in both boxes. The first box is for your zip code. The second is for your 4-digit extension. If you do not know your 4-digit extension, there is a quick link right above the boxes. If you have done everything correctly, you will see just two names, your state rep and your state senator. PM me, Beth Sheehan, with those two names. I’ll give you their contact information. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislators/find-my-legislators Candidates for Ohio Senate – March 15, 2016 – Primary Half of the Ohio Senate seats are up for reelection. Each voter votes for no more than one senator. I – “incumbent”, (N) – “new; no voting record” State Senator – District 02 (D) (N) Democratic Kirk W. Halliday State Senator – District 02 (R) (I) Republican Randy Gardner State Senator – District 04 (D) (N) Democratic John D. Kinne, State Senator – District 04 (R) (I) Republican Bill Coley, State Senator – District 04 (R) (N) Republican Joseph P. Ebbing, State Senator – District 04 (R) (N) Republican Eric Gurr, State Senator – District 04 (R) (N) Republican Jeremiah York State Senator – District 06 (D) (N) Democratic Lu Dale, State Senator – District 06 (R) (I) Republican Peggy Lehner, State Senator – District 06 (R) (N) Republican Barbara Temple State Senator – District 08 (D) (N) Democratic Mary Rose Lierman State Senator – District 08 (R) Republican Lou Terhar (voted NO on “Cock Fighting”) State Senator – District 10 (D) (N) Democratic Michael Sergio Gilbert, State Senator – District 10 (D) (N) Democratic Matthew Kirk, State Senator – District 10 (R) Republican Robert D. Hackett, State Senator – District 10 (R) (N) Republican Brian Walton State Senator – District 12 (R) Republican John Adams (voted NO on ) State Senator – District 12 (R) Republican Matt Huffman State Senator – District 14 (D) (N) Democratic Charlie Carlier State Senator – District 14 (R) (I) Republican Joe Uecker State Senator – District 16 (D) Democratic Larry L. Malone State Senator – District 16 (R) Republican Stephanie L. Kunze State Senator – District 16 (R) (N) Republican Aaron Neumann State Senator – District 18 (D) (N) Democratic Wiley Runnestrand State Senator – District 18 (R) (I) Republican John J. Eklund State Senator – District 20 (R) (I) Republican Troy Balderson State Senator – District 22 (D) (N) Democratic Christopher King, State Senator – District 22 (R) (I) Republican Larry J. Obhof, State Senator – District 22 (R) (N) Republican Janet Folger Porter State Senator – District 24 (D) Democratic Emily Hagan State Senator – District 24 (R) Republican Nan A. Baker State Senator – District 24 (R) Republican Matt Dolan State Senator – District 24 (R) Republican Mike Dovilla State Senator – District 26 (R) (I) Republican Dave Burke State Senator – District 28 (D) Democratic Vernon Sykes State Senator – District 28 (D) Democratic Elizabeth Walters State Senator – District 28 (R) Republican Jonathan Schulz State Senator – District 30 (D) (I) Democratic Lou Gentile State Senator – District 30 (R) Republican Frank Hoagland State Senator – District 32 (D) Democratic Sean J. O’Brien State Senator – District 32 (D) Democratic Kristen F. Rock State Senator – District 32 (R) Republican Robert J. Allen State Senator – District 32 (R) Republican Randy Law Candidates for the Ohio House – March 15, 2016 – Primary All ninety-nine, House seats are on the March ballot. Each voter votes for no more than one representative. Directions for finding your state rep and state senator are above the Senate candidates. I – “incumbent”, N – “new, no voting records available” State Representative – District 01 (R) (N) Republican David C. Kiefer State Representative – District 01 (R) (N) Republican Scott Wiggam State Representative – District 02 (D) (N) Democratic Brittany Bowman State Representative – District 02 (R) (I) Republican Mark J. Romanchuk State Representative – District 03 (D) (N) Democratic David Walters State Representative – District 03 (R) (I) Republican Tim W. Brown State Representative – District 04 (R) (I) Republican Bob Cupp State Representative – District 05 (D) (N) Democratic John R. Dyce, State Representative – District 05 (R) (I) Republican Tim Ginter State Representative – District 06 (D) (N) Democratic Phillip Robinson, State Representative – District 06 (R) (I) Republican Marlene Anielski State Representative – District 07 (D) (N) Democratic David J. Thurau, State Representative – District 07 (R) (N) Republican Jennifer M. Herold, State Representative – District 07 (R) (N) Republican Thomas F. Patton State Representative – District 08 (D) (I) Democratic Kent Smith, State Representative – District 08 (R) (N) Republican Cassandra McDonald State Representative – District 09 (D) (I) Democratic Janine Boyd State Representative – District 09 (D) (N) Democratic Isaac Powell, State Representative – District 09 (R) (N) Republican Joe Miller State Representative – District 10 (D) (I) Democratic Bill Patmon, State Representative – District 10 (R) (N) Republican Thomas Pekarek State Representative – District 11 (D) (I) Democratic Stephanie Howse, State Representative – District 11 (R) (N) Republican Shakira Taylor State Representative – District 12 (D) (I) Democratic John E. Barnes, State Representative – District 12 (D) (N) Democratic Jill Miller Zimon State Representative – District 13 (D) (I) Democratic Nickie J. Antonio State Representative – District 14 (D) (I) Democratic Martin J. Sweeney State Representative – District 15 (D) (I) Democratic Nicholas J. Celebrezze State Representative – District 16 (D) (N) Democratic Tommy Greene, State Representative – District 16 (R) (N) Republican Dave Greenspan State Representative – District 17 (D) (N) Democratic Matt Jolson, State Representative – District 17 (D) (N) Democratic Adam Miller, State Representative – District 17 (R ) (N) Republican John Rush State Representative – District 18 (D) (I) Democratic Kristin Boggs, State Representative – District 18 (D) (N) Democratic Joshua Clark, State Representative – District 18 (D) (N) Democratic Adhanet Kifle, State Representative – District 18 (G) (N) Green Constance A. Gadell Newton, State Representative – District 18 (R) (N) Republican Whitney Smith State Representative – District 19 (D) (N) Democratic Michael Johnston, State Representative – District 19 (R) (I) Republican Anne Gonzales State Representative – District 20 (D) (I) Democratic Heather Bishoff, State Representative – District 20 (R) (N) RepublicanBobby Mitchell, State Representative – District 20 (R) (N) Republican Lisa Schacht State Representative – District 21 (D) (N) Democratic Ryan Koch State Representative – District 21 (R) (I) Republican Mike Duffey State Representative – District 22 (D) (I) Democratic David Leland, State Representative – District 22 (R) (N) Republican Linda L. Jarrett State Representative – District 23 (D) (N) Democratic Lee Schreiber, State Representative – District 23 (R) (N) Republican Mike Lanese State Representative – District 24 (D) (N) Democratic Kristopher Keller, State Representative – District 24 (R) Republican Jim Hughes State Representative – District 25 (D) (N) Democratic Napoleon A. Bell, State Representative – District 25 (D) (N) Democratic Dontavius Carrells, State Representative – District 25 (D) (N) Democratic Bernadine Kennedy Kent, State Representative – District 25 (D) (N) Democratic Jeffrey D. Mackey, State Representative – District 25 (D) (N) Democratic Mayo Makonde, State Representative – District 25 (R) (N) Republican Seth-Golding State Representative – District 26 (D) (I) Democratic Hearcel F. Craig, State Representative – District 26 (R) (N) Republican Kenneth H. 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Johnson, State Representative – District 98 (R) (I) Republican Al Landis State Representative – District 99 (D) (I) Democratic JohnPatterson Share this: Facebook Twitter This entry was posted in Animal Law and tagged animal cruelty, bill, candidate, election, felony, House, humane legislator, law, legislator, March 15, misdemeanor, Ohio, primary, representative, Senate, senator, state, tethering, Vote, voter, voting record, zip code on February 21, 2016 by pawsandthelawblog. Please call Columbus to oppose HB 278, “County Humane Societies” HB 278 Weakens the Effective Prosecution of Ohio Animal Cruelty Opposition testimony is being heard in Columbus for HB 278, “Special Prosecutors”, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. I strongly encourage you to write to the leadership of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee in opposition to this bill. You may use any part of my blog that you like. It is always better if you vary it so that all of the letters do not sound the same. Links to both the bill and its analysis follow the blog. House Government Accountability and Oversight Rep Tim W. Brown, chair rep03@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-8104 Rep Louis W. Blessing, vice chair rep29@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-9091 Rep Kathleen Clyde, ranking minority member rep75@ohiohouse.gov (614) 466-2004 HB 278 Has Shut its Eyes to Rampant Violence I oppose the passage of HB 278, “Special Prosecutors”, sponsored by Representative Stephen Hambley. Animal cruelty, a gateway act to human violence, must be prosecuted with great vigor in order to effectively safeguard our communities. The animal crime is often the most visible sign in the area that others too (children, elderly, handicapped, partners) may also be in danger of unmitigated violence or extreme neglect. The county humane society is in the best position right now to properly choose between the special prosecutor and the county prosecutor. HB 278 takes away that choice. What happens when the already overworked, county prosecutor – with no training in animal law – gets an animal crime case with no potential for a large settlement? That case quickly moves to the bottom of his stack. It may never soon see the light of day. In the meantime, the seized animals are on hold in the local humane society. That humane society is providing the daily cost of care, veterinary care, behavior assessment, and rehabilitation training. Those costs become staggering with many, confiscated animals, detained over a long time. That weighty, financial burden can potentially cause a humane society to fail. Also, each day dogs and cats are impounded, adds a risk to the well-being of the animal victims. Additionally, the animals in custody are taking space, resources, and finances that cannot be used for local animals in need. Moreover, HB 278 allows removal of humane agents by the Probate Court without cause and removes the broad reporting requirement for child abuse cases. HB 278 does have worthy attributes. It removes the residency requirement for humane agents. Thus, Ohio humane agents would be able to work outside of the county in which they reside. In addition, the county would raise the monthly pay for humane agents from $25 to $150. Ohio needs animal law attorneys on the job for animal crimes. These special prosecutors have the knowledge, training, and expertise to facilitate a quick resolution to animal crime cases. The swift prosecution of animal crimes by experienced, animal law attorneys is a necessary prong in Ohio’s defense against sinister, violent forces hard at work, hidden in plain sight, in our communities. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-278 Read the bill in its entirety at the link above. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/download?key=4090&format=pdf Read the analysis of HB 278 at the link above. Share this: Facebook Twitter This entry was posted in Animal Law and tagged abuse, accountability, animal law attorney, behavior assessment, bill, cat, child, children, community, companion animal, cost of care, county prosecutor, court, crime, cruelty, dog, elderly, government, humane agent, humane society, law, neglect, Ohio, oversight, partner, pet, Probate Court, public safety, representative, special prosecutor, veterinary care, victims, violence on February 19, 2016 by pawsandthelawblog. Post navigation ← Older posts Search for: Recent Posts Today, I am Ohio Do you have ten minutes to advocate for Ohio mill puppies and kittens? “Good Samaritan” bill is rounding the bases and headed for home plate! Get Your Peanuts, Popcorn, & Talking Points Right Here for Tuesday’s Triple Header! 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