Sponsor Of Ohio's Religious Freedom Bill Pulls It From Consideration

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WOUB Staff Writer


Updated Wed, Feb 26, 2014 12:47 pm
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State Rep. Bill Patmon, from Ohio's district 10

Ohio state representative Bill Patmon announced Wednesday that he will be pulling House Bill 376, a religious freedom bill, from consideration by the Ohio House of Representatives. Patmon was listed as a main sponsor on the bill along with Republican representative Timothy Derickson.

Jo Ingles of the Statehouse News Bureau is reporting that Patmon wants more "precise" language in the bill, and that the bill in its current form leaves too many facets up to interpretation.

The pulling of the bill comes as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is deciding whether to approve or veto a similar law in her state, one that has sparked intense national conversation on discrimination.

Patmon, a democratic representative from Ohio's 10th district, said he still wants to endorse a bill that protects religious freedom but he wants to make sure that it doesn't discriminate.

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