Chairman Young, Vice Chairman DeVitis, Ranking Member Lepore-Hagan, and members of the House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee, thank you for the opportunity to provide sponsor testimony on House Bill 433 . This bill, brought to Representative Brinkman and I by a constituent in Hamilton County, is a common sense approach to help the veterinarians in our state earn continuing education credit while helping to responsibly curb the issue of pet overpopulation.
The Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board currently require all veterinarians in the state to report thirty hours of continuing education biennially . These hours may be obtained by numerous ways including online courses, office policy development, journal articles or conferences so long as 20 hours are scientifically related to the practice of veterinary medicine and no more than 10 are non – scientific.
Our legislation would simply allow Ohio veterinarians to receive up to two hours of continuing education per renewal if the licensed veterinarian performs free spaying and neutering services. For every one hour of free spaying and neutering services that the licensed veterinarian performs, they shall receive one – half hour of continuing education credit so long as the services are provided at a practice or facility that is appropriately staffed and equipped for such services and is done in conjunction with either a county humane society, dog pound or non-profit.
A companion bill has already been introduced in the Senate due to rising interest amongst the veterinary and animal rights community to provide veterinarian’s incentives to volunteer their services. Although many believe veterinarians stand to gain substantial knowledge through their involvement in spay/neuter work, veterinarians would still be required to complete core continuing education requirements by the state.
While estimates on number of unwanted animals in the state are unavailable, the exponential reproductive rates of cats and dogs continues to outpace adoption rates. Many shelters in the state are continuously forced to use euthanasia as the only means to make room for new take ins. The Humane Society of the United States successfully lobbied for the passage of a similar bill in the state of New York in 2016 in hopes that these laws might ease this problem.
Representative Brinkman and I believe that House Bill 433 is an easy step to decreasing the unwanted pet population and the number of animals euthanized at Ohio shelters. I appreciate the chance to offer testimony on House Bill 433 and would be happy to answer any questions.
Thank you, Representatives Kelly and Brinkman, for sponsoring, and DanaMarie Pannella for writing, this important, common sense bill that aims to recognize, with continuing education units, the compassionate work veterinarians do to stem the explosive, population growth of cats and dogs!
Want to get dogs off chains in YOUR city?
Here is your easy plan.
Step 1 – Gather a group of like-minded friends to advocate for the dogs.
Step 2 – Go to your city, township, or village web site to find out when their meetings are.
Step 3 – Call your city to confirm that there is a place for the public to speak during the meetings. Generally, they allot 2 or 3 minutes near the beginning of the meetings for anyone to get up and speak about her concerns.
Step 4 – Write down on an index card what you want to say during your two minutes. You might write, “Good afternoon, Mayor Smith and Akron City Council. I am (your name and address), a resident and voter in Akron. (State your feelings) I am very upset by the number of dogs that I see endlessly chained out back in out city, especially in weather extremes. (If you know of specific dogs that are always out, mention those animals.)”
“I would like you to consider passing a tethering ordinance in Akron. The ordinance is important not only for the humane treatment of the animals, but it also works to prevent dog bites. The CDC says that a chained dog is three times more likely to bite.”
“When I go home today, I will e-mail all of you the ordinances already in effect in Columbus and Cleveland. – What is our next step?”
Step 5 – Send a follow-up e-mail. You might write –
Dear Mayor Smith and Akron City Council,
I appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about Akron passing a tethering ordinance.
Tethering ordinances are good for our animals and good for our communities. Endless tethering is not just inhumane, but it is also impacts public safety / health, urban blight, and quality of life issues.
There are three main, common sense components to many ordinances:
1. 10 PM to 6 AM is largely standard across the nation. It gets the dogs inside during the coldest time of the night in winter. It cuts down on the nuisance whining, barking, and howling from frustrated dogs. This fits nicely with barking ordinances.
2. Leaving a dog tied outside when no one is home is dangerous both to the tethered dog, who may be a victim to a mean-spirited neighbor, to curious children, to an attack by another dog or another animal.
3. The weather advisory and temperature limits are common sense, humane treatment of animals. Dogs suffer physically and psychologically. Endless tethering of a dog out back, with no social interaction, with no relief from extreme weather is unconscionable.
Enforcement is complaint driven. The officers will not go out looking for violations. Their focus is on education of the proper care of animals and citation for those individuals who refuse to comply.
Finally, I am linking the Columbus and Cleveland ordinances for your review.
I look forward to hearing from you and to working with you on this important tethering ordinance.
Step 6 – Do not worry. The hard part is over for you. Your mayor and council do not expect you to be an animal law attorney. So, they will not try to pin you down on the details. This is their job. They know exactly what to do to move the ordinance forward.
This may take a long time. So, settle in for the duration. Stay in touch with the members who seem supportive.
Thank you each for stepping out of your comfort zone to help the poor, outside dogs in Ohio!
Two paws up for your success! – Beth
Are you in?
Follow SB 232, “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill on its path to victory for Ohio cats, dogs, & the people that love them!
1. SB 232 started with the idea of reducing the number of healthy and adoptable, shelter pets.
2. Senator Cecil Thomas (D), humane legislator, agreed to sponsor this bill.
3. DanaMarie Pannella, Esq., experienced, compassionate attorney, wrote SB 232.
4. Senator Thomas asked the other senators if they would like to co-sponsor his bill. Senators Schiavoni (D), Yuko (D), and Tavares (D) are now co-sponsors.
5. On November 14, 2017 the “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill was assigned a number, SB 232.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-232 (Read the bill here.)
6. On November 15, 2017, the bill was assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
7. This is where YOU come in. YOUR CALLS PUSH SB 232 forward in the process.
It’s always best to change the script a bit so that your message sounds fresh. You might comment with an original phrase about your feelings.You might say, “Good morning, Senator Hoagland, this is (your name), calling from (your city), an Ohio voter. — I’m very excited about SB 232, the “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill. I don’t see how anyone could oppose it because the bill gives veterinarians the option, not a mandate, to perform free spay-neuter in exchange for continuing education units.
It’s a win-win bill! I strongly urge you to call SB 232 to a sponsor hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee. – Thank you.”
Please PM me, Beth Sheehan, with your e-mail address to be placed on the “Animal Action Alerts!” list. I provide a sample script and contact information. Your call should take about 5 minutes.
Are you in?
1. HB 226 – “Fireworks” aims to make higher grade fireworks more accessible
sponsors – Rep Bill Seitz (R), Rep Martin Sweeney (D)
cosponsors – Rep Bill Dean (R), Rep John Becker (R), Rep Andy Thompson (R), Rep Wesley Goodman (R), Rep Dick Stein (R), Rep Bill Reineke (R), Rep Louis Blessing (R), Rep Kyle Koehler (R)
Fireworks terrify many dogs. They panic and run away to get away from the explosions. Shelters fill up with lost dogs after July 4 each year.
Woodland animals flee and abandon their nests.
Ohio has 800,000 veterans. Veterans with PTSD, sadly, relive the trauma of war when they hear the thunder of fireworks.
Individuals with dementia and autism are frightened by the sounds.
120 Ohioans go to ER each year with injuries. They lose limbs and are blinded. Their homes are set on fire.
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-226 (Read the bill here)
status – PASSED OHIO HOUSE, 84-13 on 10/13/17
- http://www.dispatch.com/opinion/20170919/editorial-new-bill-is-bad-medicine (Dispatch – “Dangerous Fireworks Bill Should Fizzle”)
- http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171011/those-fireworks-youve-been-setting-off-may-finally-be-legal-in-ohio (Dispatch article)
2. HB 263 – “Pups on the Patio”, aims to allow dogs on outdoor patios of restaurants
sponsor – Rep Laura Lanese (R)
- Restaurant owner must agree. Patio must have its separate entrance. Dogs are not permitted on the chairs or tables. Dog clean-up bags will be available.
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-263 (Read the bill here)
3. HB 319 – “Shelter Dog as State Pet”
sponsor – Rep Laura Lanese (R)
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-3194 (Read the bill here)
4. HB 349 – “Increase Crime of Assaulting a Police or Search & Rescue – Dog or Horse “
sponsor – Rep Sarah LaTourette (R)
- Applies same penalities for assaulting or harassing search and rescue dogs and horses as police dogs and horses have
- Increases the penalty for assaulting a police dog or horse from a second degree misdemeanor to a fourth degree felony, a third degree felony if the animal suffers serious physical harm, and a second degree felony if the animal dies.
5. HB 433 – “Veterinary Spay-Neuter”
sponsors – Reps Tom Brinkman (R) and Brigid Kelly (D)
author – DanaMarie Pannella, Esq.
This House bill and its companion bill, SB 232 in the Senate, give Ohio veterinarians the OPTION (not mandate) of using 2 CEU’s for FOUR HOURS of FREE SPAY-NEUTER.
Status – sponsor testimony – Jan 23, 2018
Read Rep Brigid Kelly’s sponsor testimony at the link below for a clear understanding of the bill.
http://pawsandthelawblog.com (Read Rep Brigid Kelly’s sponsor testimony here)
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legis…/legislation-summary… (Read the bill here)
6. SB 195 – “Nuisance, Dangerous, and Vicious Dogs”
sponsor – Sen Bill Beagle
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA132-SB-195 (Read the bill here)
7. SB 232 – “Veterinary Spay-Neuter”
sponsor – Sen Cecil Thomas
cosponsors – Sens Charleta Tavares, Joe Schiavoni, Kenny Yuko
author – DanaMarie Pannella, Esq.
status – sponsor testimony – Jan 30, 2018
This Senate bill and its companion bill, HB 433, in the House, give Ohio veterinarians the OPTION (not mandate) of using 2 CEU’s for FOUR HOURS of FREE SPAY-NEUTER.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-232 (Read the bill here)
PUPPY MILL BALLOT INITIATIVE
- HSUS initiative
aims to increase the standard of care in the kennels of large-scale breeders
applies to breeders with eight or more unspayed females and annual sales of more than 15 dogs
Dog and cat meat is eaten in the USA?
I strongly encourage you to CALL your U.S. representative. Ask him to VOTE YES on H.R. 1406 “To amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption.”
The consumption of dog and cat meat is currently legal in 44 states.
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ (Go to the link. Type in your zip code to find your U.S. rep.)
Phone numbers for Ohio U.S. Representatives
Steve Chabot (R) (513) 684-2723
Warren Davidson (R) (513) 779-5400
Bob Gibbs (R) (419) 207-0650
Jim Jordan (R) (419) 999-6455
Bill Johnson (R) (740)-376-0868
David Joyce (R) (440) 352-3939
Bob Latta (R) (419) 354-8700
Jim Renacci (R) (330) 336-3001
Steve Stivers (R) (614) 771-4968
Pat Tiberi (R) (614) 895-0900
Mike Turner (R) (937) 225-2843
Brad Wenstrup (R) (513) 474-7777
Joyce Beatty (D) (202) 225-4324
Marcia Fudge (D) (216) 522-4900
Marcy Kaptur (D) (216) 767-5933
Tim Ryan (D) (330) 630-7311
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/…/house-introduces-bill-to-e…/ (Read more about the bill here.)
How did YOUR U.S. rep and YOUR TWO, U.S. senators vote?
The U.S. House and the U.S. Senate voted to OVERTURN a rule banning “some of the most appalling practices … denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares” … This will be on “16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska.”
“Republican lawmakers did this for the NRA, the Safari Club, and some hunting guides and outfitters.” (Read the details in Humane Society, linked)
I strongly encourage you to call your three, federal legislators to voice your support or opposition to their votes.
“Good morning, Senator Brown. This is (your name), an Ohio voter, calling from (your city and zip code). Thank you for your NO VOTE on SJ Res 18, which overturns important, wildlife protections for wolf pups and hibernating bears. It allows for aerial spotting of bears and steel-jawed, leg traps. I do not support these cruel methods of killing wildlife. I appreciate that you do not either.”
Just click on @SenSherrodBrown below. You will be taken to his Twitter account. Non-Ohio voters can use their own U.S. senators here.
@ Thanks 4 your NO VOTE on SJ Res 18 – No more killing vulnerable, wolf pups & hibernating bears in Alaska #STOPreversingprotections
@ I’m disheartened that you VOTED YES on SJ Res 18 – I oppose killing wolves & bears on Alaskan wildlife refuges
You can find YOUR two U.S. senators and their contact information at the link below. Contact information for Ohio Senators Brown and Portman follow.
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ (Find all 100 U.S. senators here)
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ (Find all 435 U.S. representatives here)
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D)
Cleveland (216) 522-7272 Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO (6446)
Cincinnati (513) 684-1021 Columbus (614) 469-2083
Lorain (440) 242-4100 Washington, DC (202) 224-2315
Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R)
Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3353 Columbus (614) 469-6774
Toll-Free 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO) Cincinnati (513) 684-3265
Cleveland (216) 522-7095 Toledo (419) 259-3895
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ (Find all 100 U.S. senators here.)
U.S. senators voted largely on party lines 52-48, 2 not voting
Boozman (R-AR) Burr (R-NC) Capito (R-WV)
Cassidy (R-LA) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID) Cruz (R-TX) Daines (R-MT)
Enzi (R-WY) Ernst (R-IA) Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ) Gardner (R-CO) Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND) Inhofe (R-OK) Johnson (R-WI)
Kennedy (R-LA) Lankford (R-OK) Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK) Perdue (R-GA) Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID) Roberts (R-KS) Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL) Sasse (R-NE) Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL) Strange (R-AL) Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD) Tillis (R-NC) Toomey (R-PA)
Wicker (R-MS) Young (R-IN)
Booker (D-NJ) Brown (D-OH) Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE) Cortez Masto (D-NV) Donnelly (D-IN)
Duckworth (D-IL) Durbin (D-IL) Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN) Gillibrand (D-NY) Harris (D-CA)
Hassan (D-NH) Heinrich (D-NM) Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI) Kaine (D-VA) King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN) Leahy (D-VT) Manchin (D-WV)
Markey (D-MA) McCaskill (D-MO) Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR) Murphy (D-CT) Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL) Peters (D-MI) Reed (D-RI)
Sanders (I-VT) Schatz (D-HI) Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH) Stabenow (D-MI) Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-NM) Van Hollen (D-MD) Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA) Whitehouse (D-RI) Wyden (D-OR)
Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Nay Portman (R-OH), Yea
Ohio U.S. representatives
Please check below to see how YOUR U.S. Rep voted today on HJ 69, (renamed SJ Res 18 in the U.S. Senate). Then, call him either to thank him for his vote or to respectfully tell him his vote does not represent your views and why.
Ohio U.S. reps voted strictly on party lines.
Steve Chabot (R) YES (513) 684-2723
Warren Davidson (R) YES (513) 779-5400
Bob Gibbs (R) YES (419) 207-0650
Jim Jordan (R) YES (419) 999-6455
Bill Johnson (R) YES (740)-376-0868
David Joyce (R) YES (440) 352-3939
Bob Latta (R) YES (419) 354-8700
Jim Renacci (R) YES (330) 336-3001
Steve Stivers (R) YES (614) 771-4968
Pat Tiberi (R) YES (614) 895-0900
Mike Turner (R) YES (937) 225-2843
Brad Wenstrup (R) YES (513) 474-7777
Joyce Beatty (D) NO (202) 225-4324
Marcia Fudge (D) NO (216) 522-4900
Marcy Kaptur (D) NO (216) 767-5933
Tim Ryan (D) NO (330) 630-7311
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll098.xml (Check non-Ohio US reps’ votes here)
Ohio Governor John Kasich signed SB 331, the ‘Petland’ bill, into law, “behind closed doors and without additional comment”, as reported by the Vindicator.
A huge thanks goes to each of you for all the calls and tweets that sent to the governor. You stayed active, dedicated, and strong right until the final moments.
You are wonderful advocates for our animal friends.
Governor Kasich and the legislators that VOTED YES on SB 331 did not listen to us. The bill moved very quickly through the legislature and then to the governor. Interested parties were not included in all of the discussions. It was not properly vetted.
Governor Kasich and the legislators who voted yes have failed us and the animals that we love.
There are some 22 states have passed “Puppy Lemon” laws and 206 jurisdictions across the nation that have passed pet store ordinances, aimed at drying up the market for mill animals.
Why has Ohio moved so quickly in the OPPOSITE direction?
Petland could continue to stay in business utilizing a humane, business model, as other successful, national, pet stores use.
Finally, the governor and the Statehouse majority have stomped ‘home-rule’, embedded in the Ohio Constitution. The same legislators that cry “No more big government”, always bristling at interference from the federal government, have dishonored the work and the judgement of local jurisdictions and have taken away some of their legal rights with the passage of SB 331.
How did YOUR STATE SENATOR and YOUR STATE REP vote? A YES VOTE means they are in support of SB 331. A NO VOTE means they are opposed to SB 331.
Ohio Senate Vote – December 7, 2016
Yeas : 21 – Nays : 10
Kevin Bacon (R), Troy Balderson (R), Bill Beagle (R), Dave Burke (R), Bill Coley (R), John Eklund (R), Keith Faber (R), Bob D. Hackett (R), Cliff Hite (R), Jay Hottinger (R),Shannon Jones (R), Kris Jordan (R), Frank LaRose (R), Peggy Lehner (R), Gayle Manning (R),Larry Obhof (R), Scott Oelslager (R), Tom Patton (R), Bob Peterson (R), Bill Seitz (R), Joe Uecker (R), Bob D. Hackett (R)
Edna Brown (D), Randy Gardner (R), Lou Gentile (D), Tom Sawyer (D), Joe Schiavoni (D), Michael J. Skindell (D), Charleta B. Tavares (D), Cecil Thomas (D), Sandra R. Williams (D), Kenny Yuko (D)
Ohio House Votes – December 7, 2016
Yeas : 55 – Nays : 42
Ron Amstutz (R), Marlene Anielski (R), Niraj J. Antani (R), Steven Arndt (R), Nan A. Baker (R), John Becker (R), Louis W. Blessing III (R), Terry Boose (R), Andrew Brenner (R), Jim Buchy (R), Tony Burkley (R), Jim Butler (R), Margaret Conditt (R), Robert R. Cupp (R), Anthony DeVitis (R), Bill Dean (R), Jonathan Dever (R), Mike Dovilla (R), Theresa Gavarone (R), Timothy E. Ginter (R), Anne Gonzales (R), Wesley A. Goodman (R), Doug Green (R), Christina Hagan (R), David Hall (R), Bill Hayes (R), Michael Henne (R), Brian Hill (R), Ron Hood (R), Stephen A. Huffman (R), Candice R. Keller (R), Kyle Koehler (R), Al Landis (R), Ron Maag (R), Nathan H. Manning (R), Robert McColley (R), Derek Merrin (R), Dorothy Pelanda (R), Rick Perales (R), Bill Reineke (R), Wes Retherford (R), Kristina Roegner (R), Mark J. Romanchuk (R), Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R), Scott Ryan (R), Tim Schaffer (R), Gary Scherer (R), Kirk Schuring (R), Marilyn Slaby (R), Ryan Smith (R), Robert Sprague (R), Louis Terhar (R), Andy Thompson (R), Ron Young (R), Paul Zeltwanger (R)
Nickie J. Antonio (D), Mike Ashford (D), John Barnes, Jr. (D), Heather Bishoff (D), John Boccieri (D), Kristin Boggs (D), Kevin Boyce (D), Janine R. Boyd (D), Thomas E. Brinkman, Jr. (R), Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D), Jack Cera (D), Kathleen Clyde (D), Hearcel F. Craig (D), Michael F. Curtin (D), Denise Driehaus (D), Mike Duffey (R), Teresa Fedor (D), Cheryl L. Grossman (R), Stephen D. Hambley (R), Stephanie D. Howse (D), Greta Johnson (D), Christie Bryant Kuhns (D), Stephanie Kunze (R), Sarah LaTourette (R), David Leland (D), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D), Michael J. O’Brien (D), Sean O’Brien (D), Bill Patmon (D), John Patterson (D), Debbie Phillips (D), Alicia Reece (D), Jeffery S. Rezabek (R), John M. Rogers (D), Margaret Ann Ruhl (R), Michael Sheehy (D), Stephen Slesnick (D), Kent Smith (D), Fred Strahorn (D), Martin J. Sweeney (D), Emilia Strong Sykes (D), A. Nino Vitale (R)
SB 331 also OVERTURNS the pet store ordinances already in effect in Toledo and Grove City and STOPS other, Ohio jurisdictions from passing future pet store ordinances.
Please send a RESPECTFUL tweet, expressing disappointment in the passage of SB 331. I know that many of you are angry, hurt, and fed up. This bill is not fair to our puppies, our families, and our workers. Yet, your message will not be well received unless it is POLITE.
You may tweet these phrases, or you might want to tweet your personal message.
#SB331stompshomerule 22 states & 205 jurisdictions protect unsuspecting consumers – Why not Ohio?
#SB331stompshomerule OH Gov Kasich fails workers, families, & puppies
#SB331stompshomerule fast-tracked without proper vetting hurts OH workers, consumers, puppies
Is Ohio HOME RULE state (Statehouse said yes on BSL bill) or not (Statehouse said no on Petland bill)?
Would you like to create a Twitter account? It is free. You can set up an account in a few easy steps. Ask a teenager for help if you need support.
I went down the entire Twitter list here on this page in just 2 minutes, tweeting to all.
Yes, you can use your e-mail address (instead of your telephone number).
@ — John Kasich, governor
@ — John Kasich, communication team
@ — Ohio Senate GOP Caucus
@ — Ohio Senate Dem Caucus
@ — Ohio House GOP Caucus
@ — Ohio House Dem Caucus
@ — Columbus Dispatch, politics
@ — Cincinnati Enquirer
@ — Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland Plain Dealer
@ — David Skolnick, Youngstown Vindicator
@ — Marc Kovac
@ — Thomas Suddes
@ — Alan Johnson, Columbus Dispatch
@ — Alan D. Miller, editor at Columbus Dispatch
Add your own hometown newspaper.
Call Governor Kasich at 614-466-3555.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-331 (Read SB 331 here.)
OHIO ANIMAL ACTION ALERT!
SB 331. “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”, IS EXPECTED TO HAVE AMENDMENTS AND TO BE VOTED ON and PASSED BY THE FULL HOUSE THIS WEEK!
Your VOICES & TWEETS are needed to STOP the passage of SB 331,”Dog Sales in Pet Stores”
Tuesday, December 4 – House Finance Committee hearing, possible amendments added
Some two hundred jurisdictions across the nation have passed ordinances, banning the sale of mill animals in pet stores.
Additionally, some twenty-one states have passed “Puppy Lemon Laws”. These laws promote the humane treatment of animals and protect unsuspecting consumers from purchasing unhealthy, unsocialized animals.
OHIO is headed in the OPPOSITE direction!
It appears that special interests and big business influence 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. Our Constitution has “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.
When Petland comes a-knocking, our state legislators open the door wide. The Statehouse ignores the state Constitution, the will of its voters, and the orderly progression of bills.
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 YOU CAN DO
- Ohio, CALL your STATE REPRESENTATIVES and the HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE in opposition to SB 331. Instructions and contact information follow below. This bill is a runaway locomotive, … but that does not mean we should not try.
- If you buy pet food, animal toys, pet shampoo, or pet products of any kind, thank you for only supporting those stores that advocate for our animal friends and the families that purchase them.
SB 331, “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”, PASSED the Ohio Senate. It aims to pass the House in the next couple of weeks.
Sponsor – Senator Bob Peterson (R), Cosponsors – Senators John Eklund (R) and Bill Seitz (R)
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-331 (Read SB 331 here.)
Please RESPECTFULLY write or call the members of the House Finance committee. It’s always better to tweak the script to make it fresh. Calls require more effort of the office staff than e-mails; therefore, our calls make a stronger impression in Columbus.
You might say, “Good morning, Chair Smith. This is (your name) from (your city). 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, it was only introduced in the late spring. SB 331 is being fast-tracked and has not been properly vetted.
“Second, I am opposed to the state legislators stomping on ‘home rule’, embedded in the Ohio Constitution. “Home rule” says 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’ (132 state legislators) deciding what’s best for all and imposing laws which the local jurisdictions do not want.
“Third, state legislation should protect unsuspecting families 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?
“Again, I urge you to VOTE NO on SB 331, ‘Dog Sales in Pet Stores’.”
House Finance Committee
Rep Ryan Smith (R), Chair (614) 466-1366 email@example.com
Rep Scott Ryan (R), Vice Chair (614) 466-1482 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Denise Driehaus (D), Ranking Minority Member (614) 466-5786 email@example.com
Rep Marlene Anielski (R), (614) 644-6041 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Nickie J. Antonio (D), (614) 466-5921 email@example.com
Rep Kevin Boyce (D), (614) 466-5343 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Tony Burkley (R), (614) 644-5091 email@example.com
Rep Jack Cera (D), (614) 466-3735 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Kathleen Clyde (D), (614) 466-2004 email@example.com
Rep Robert Cupp (R), (614) 466-9624 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Timothy Derickson (R), (614) 644-5094 email@example.com
Rep John Patterson (D), (614) 466-1405 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Debbie Phillips (D), (614) 466-2158 email@example.com
Rep Barbara Sears (R), (614) 466-1731 firstname.lastname@example.org