Ohio Panel To Discuss Exotic Animal Bill Revisions

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A legislative committee that's considering new regulations on exotic animal ownership in Ohio is scheduled to make tweaks to the proposal and possibly vote on it late Wednesday afternoon.

The chairman of the Ohio House agriculture committee says he received 51 proposed amendments, though he described many as "triplicates."

Republican State Rep. David Hall of Millersburg declined to say ahead of the panel's meeting what changes lawmakers were considering.

The Senate passed the bill last month. Hall said it's unlikely the House panel would pass that version without making revisions.

If the committee amends and approves the bill Wednesday, it would still face a full House vote.

Efforts to regulate exotic animals took on new urgency in October, when a suicidal owner released dozens of exotic animals.