Friday Bill Roundup-Guns, Home Improvement, Superman and More

For more info on these bills, or to see a full list of legislation introduced this week, contact Laura Dixon-Caldwell. 

Business

HB 148-Home Improvement Board

This bill would require state registration for all home improvement contractors. The registration will be managed by the newly created Home Improvement Board, a new section of the Department of Commerce.

Criminal 

HB 141-Involuntary Manslaughter, Controlled Substance 

House bill 141 provides that causing or contributing to an individual's death by selling, distributing, dispensing or administering a controlled substance or controlled substance analog is a qualifies as a violation of the offense of involuntary manslaughter. It would also make this a strict liability offense.

Firearms

This was a big week for guns in the Legislature with a flurry of bills introduced.

HB 142-Concealed Carry, Law Enforcement Notification 

House bill 142 would repeal the current requirement for a concealed carry licensee to notify law enforcement if they are carrying a concealed gun when stopped.

HB 151-Firearm Sales Background Check

This bill would prohibit a transfer of a firearm from a person who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer to a person who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer unless it is done through a federally licensed firearms dealer, through a state or local law enforcement agency, or pursuant to a specified exception; to require that background checks be conducted when a firearm is transferred through a federally licensed firearms dealer or a state or local law enforcement agency; and to provide for recordkeeping with respect to information obtained pursuant to such a background check.

HB 152-Hunting License, Firearms

House bill 152 would require that an applicant for a fishing or hunting license disclose whether they had been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony. The applicant could still get the license but it would it would be marked "firearm restricted" and they would not be allowed to hunt with a gun.

HB 153-Ban Imitation Firearms

This bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale, alteration, and public display of imitation firearms and the disguising of a firearm to make it resemble an imitation firearm.

Labor and Employment

SB 116-Unemployment Compensation, Military Spouses 

Senate bill 116 hopes to aid military spouses by making them eligible for unemployment benefits if they had to quit their job to follow a spouse on a military transfer.

Superheroes 

HB 135-Superman Day

This bill would designate June 12 as Superman Day in the state of Ohio. The Man of Steel has roots in the state. He was created in Cleveland by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.