The end of the year always sees a TON of Ohio lawmakers pushing through new (or updated) bills. So we decided to make a list of some of the more memorable ones.
- Red-light camera: Traffic cameras might not be around much longer.
- Driver’s license suspensions: steps were taken to separate from a federal law that requires a six-month driver’s license suspension for a drug-related offense.
- Redrawn redistricting: new bill hopes to create bipartisan map-drawing instead of partisan gerrymandering.
- Confidential coverage for lethal injection companies: Ohio now keeps the names of companies supplying lethal injection drugs confidential
- Common Core: the bill to repeal the Math and English standards failed in the House.
- Heartbeat bill: the anti-abortion bill failed to pass in the House.
And some other legal moves
- Tan Ban: If you’re under 16 or 17 and want to use a tanning, a parent/guardian must sign a consent form in the presence of a tanning facility. For those under 16, a parent/guardian must be present at the tanning facility for the duration of each tanning session.
- License plate options: Ohio is creating license plates for the Ohio State Beekeepers Association, Ovarian Cancer Awareness, and Military Sacrifice.
- Sales-tax relief: A sales-tax holiday will take effect on Aug. 7-9. It will exempt clothing up to $75 and school supplies up to $20 each.
- Hunt quietly: A new bill now allows you to attach a noise suppressor to your rifle or shotgun.
- Personal fireworks: a bill was introduced that would make commercial-grade fireworks legal in Ohio
- Breakfast time: March is designated as “Ohio Maple Syrup Products Month.”
- Official candy: A bill making the buckeye the official state candy did not pass into law.
- Rascal Flatts Day: Feb. 21 has been designated as Rascal Flatts Day, commemorating the release of the trio’s first No. 1 single, 2000’s Prayin’ for Daylight.