New Laws Affecting Columbus Residents

In the past few months, several new bills have been passed in Ohio could have an affect on your day to day life. Just yesterday, SB 127, preventing abortions after 20 weeks officially went into effect here in the buckeye state.  From firearms to traffic laws to healthcare, read through this new legislature below to see how it may impact you.

EDUCATION

Senate Bill 3
Local schools can now make their own decisions about how they make up snow days, without approval from the Ohio Department of Education.
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House Bill 410
Students can no longer be expelled or suspended for missing an inordinate number of school days.
Click here for more information about House Bill 410

HEALTHCARE

Senate Bill 127
This law prohibits abortion after 20 weeks gestation.
Click here for more information about Senate Bill 127

WEAPONS

Senate Bill 199
This bill allows Ohioans to now carry concealed firearms in places like daycare centers, public areas of airports and in school safety zones. It gives colleges and universities the authority to allow weapons on their campuses. Privately-owned businesses can still issue bans in their facilities. Ohioans will also be able to keep their guns in their cars, regardless of the location of the vehicle.
Click here for more information about Senate Bill 199

MINIMUM WAGE

Senate Bill 331
This bill prohibits political subdivisions from establishing minimum wage rates different from the rate required by state law. The state minimum wage will increase by 5 cents to adjust for inflation. Officials say non-tipped workers must be paid an hourly wage of at least $8.15 beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Tipped workers are slated to receive a minimum of $4.08 an hour — a bump of 3 cents.
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PETS

Senate Bill 331
Cities will not be able to limit where pet stores can buy dogs for adoption. This gets rid of a law in Grove City, Ohio, that tried to prevent pet stores from using so-called puppy mills.
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Senate Bill 331
Cockfighting now is considered a felony.
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MOTORISTS

House Bill 154
Motorists now have to give cyclists a three-foot clearance while passing.
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House Bill 154
Drivers can now go through a stop light if it malfunctions and doesn’t detect your vehicle coming to a stop. The law says after a reasonable amount of time, motorists can proceed through the stop as long as the coast is clear.
Click here for more information about House Bill 154
House Bill 300
A person convicted of killing someone with a car will have their license suspension begin after they get out of prison rather than during their prison sentence.
Click here for more information about House Bill 300

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