Columbus - 
State Senator Troy Balderson (R - Zanesville) has released the following statement regarding the Ohio House of Representatives' passing legislation which would regulate the ownership of dangerous and wild animals in Ohio. "I am very pleased with the bipartisan support shown from the Ohio House of Representatives today in passing Ohio's first regulations regarding dangerous and wild animal ownership. It has always been my goal to craft legislation that would protect Ohio residents, preserve the rights of responsible, law-abiding animal owners, and protect the welfare of the animals. The bill accomplished these goals when it passed the Senate and the House has now endorsed those same goals by passing the bill today. While it is unfortunate that it took an event such as the one in Zanesville last October to heighten the fact that Ohio needed regulations for owning such animals, I am proud that the legislation sets strong standards for Ohioans while serving as a prime example for the rest of the country." On April 25, 2012, the dangerous and wild animal legislation passed the Ohio Senate by a vote of 30-1, while the Ohio House of Representatives today passed an amended version of Senate Bill 310 by a vote of 87 - 9. The legislation returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote on minor changes made in the House and then heads to the Governor for his signature.
Senator Troy Balderson represents Ohio's 20th Senate District which covers Athens, Coshocton, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Washington Counties
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