Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Ohio Lawmakers Weigh Bills On Ex-Felons, Exotic Animals
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Two identical plans to help ex-felons get jobs are slated for committee hearings this week in both the house and the senate. Felons are currently barred from getting professional licenses for jobs like teacher, plumber, and hearing aid fitter. But these bills would drop the ban on a case-by-case basis.
Under another proposal getting committee hearings this week, those convicted of sex crimes would have to pay an extra court cost of $100. The money would be channeled to rape crisis centers across Ohio.
Last week, the Ohio SenateÂ approved the idea of tougher restrictions on the private ownership of lions, tigers, bears and other exotic animals. This week the plan gets hearings in a house committee.
Meanwhile, behind the scenes negotiations are expected to continue over election changes republicans enacted last year. Democrats charge the changes amount to voter suppression and they’ve gathered enough petition signatures to force a November referendum. Republicans have now offered to repeal the law themselves. But Democrats worry the repeal would still allow a key change to remain,an end to in person voting the week-end before election day.