I’ve read about the issues discussed in this Columbus Dispatch article before and discussed it with at least one moderate Ohio Republican legislator who thinks a new law, embodied in SB 16, that would replace what the Ohio Republican-led legislature passed last year, for municipalities to do on their own, is a waste of time and a further, unnecessary and undesirable erosion of the Ohio constitution’s deference to home rule.
But what really makes me get more wrinkles between my brows is, why? This same Republican-led legislature, last session, passed a law, HB 23, to help regulate strip clubs. Now, because of the lobbying efforts of the conservative group, Citizens for Community Values, headed by Phil Burress, they may regulate it from the state – and yet the other law has barely taken effect (took effect in 8/06).
How is such an effort not a waste of taxpayer time, money and trust? How does such a move not contradict the very title of the lobbying group – community values? Not statewide values. No way you’re going to sell me on believing that Ohio is simply a community of 11 million souls for the purpose of this particular law.
The Dispatch does a good job of juxtaposing Republicans against Republicans on the issue and I know there are more who disagree with the Burress-pushed legislation. But the Dispatch also concludes the article with this disappointing paragraph:
If it passes committee, Senate President Bill M. Harris, RAshland, said he would put the bill on the Senate floor for a vote. If the Senate approves it, the House likely would do the same, said House Speaker Jon A. Husted, R-Kettering.
Which committee did they say? State and Local Government Committee. The members are: