Please, please please read this post by Jason Sonenshein on SB 16 and listen to this podcast from today’s Meet the Bloggers about SB 117. I’m working to figure out how to get a transcript of the latter asap and papered to every Ohioan who votes. The participants are a who’s who of brains, braun and leaders who care about consumers. It gets technical at times but you owe it to yourself and Ohio to listen.
SB 16 is the bill that just passed the Senate, 24-8 (only 8!) that will remove (or at the least, conflict with) local communities authority to regulate strip clubs and adult entertainment. The also Republican-dominated general assembly of last sesssion passed a bill that the former governor signed into law in August. 2006. Let the locals handle their community values; Ohio is no monolith.
SB 117 is AT&T’s attempt to remove all local control over negotiating and attaining cable and other utility services as the company seeks to further penetrate the Ohio marketplace.