Friday Bill Roundup: Airports, Dogs, License Suspensions and More

Each Friday, we highlight some of the bills and resolutions introduced in the Ohio Legislature in the past week. For question about these bills, or to see the full list, contact Laura Dixon-Caldwell.

Abortion 

HB 258-Heartbeat Abortion Bill 

House bill 258 would generally prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat and create the Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support. A smiliar bill was vetoed by Governor Kasich last year.

Airports

HB 256-Commercial Service Airports

This bill would create the Major Air Hub Council, and require the Council to construct two commercial service airports, one in Fayette County and one in Portage County, and create the Southern Ohio Airport Authority and the Northern Ohio Airport Authority to operate the airports. The Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Enquirer have more info.

 Animals

HB 263-Dogs in Outdoor Restaurant Areas

House bill 263 would generally allow an owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog to take the dog in an outdoor dining area of a retail food establishment or food service operation. The Dayton Daily News has more info.

Criminal

HB 259-Bar Violence Database

House bill 259 would require the Attorney General to establish a database of persons who have committed an offense of violence at an A-1-A, A-1c, or D liquor permit premises and provide access to the database to holders of those categories of liquor permits.

Driver's Licenses 

HB 260-Limited Driving on Suspended Licenses 

This bill would require a court to grant limited driving privileges to a person in relation to a driver's license suspension under certain circumstances.

State Budget

HB 262-Independent Budget Process and Analysis

House bill 262 would provide for the preparation of a state biennial budget independent of that submitted by the Governor and to authorize the Legislative Service Commission, upon the request of the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the President of the Senate, to arrange for an independent actuarial review of a proposed bill, specified analyses of economic policy initiatives and state benchmarking data, and a study of the state's long-range financial outlook.