By Paul Rodarte on June 1, 2012
It is the opinion of USARK that SB 310 as passed by the Ohio General assembly represents one of the most restrictive and vague pieces of legislation in the United States regarding reptiles. It was railroaded through by Governor Kasich and Senator Balderson with the support of Jack Hanna, the Columbus Zoo and various special interest groups.
The Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture has the authority to suggest addition of any animal to the ‘restricted’ or ‘banned’ lists through the use of a Concurrent Resolution. This is NOT full legislative consideration. It requires NO Hearings and NO Public Comment. This type of resolution can be passed quickly with a simple majority voice vote. Typically, even the Rule Making process is more demanding, and would include Public Comment.
The Administration has vowed to end exotic animal ownership in Ohio. To that end Governor Kasich and Senator Balderson, with the help of Jack Hanna and bill proponents, have engineered SB 310 to incrementally eliminate exotic animal ownership in the State. Once the framework of this system is put into place, SB 310 becomes a tool to easily add animals and destroy the reptile industry over time.
Click here to read detailed USARK SB 310 Impact Summary.
Click here to read SB 310 as passed by the Ohio General Assembly.
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