The concealed-carry firearms law that passed the Ohio legislature last year–allowing guns in bars and restaurants–raised quite a few eyebrows across the nation, as well as the universal ire of law enforcement groups. That legislation will seem downright restrictive if a new pair of gun bills proposed this week go on to become law.
Proposed by Rep. Ron Mang (R-Lebanon), the first bill would allow individuals to bring guns to the Statehouse parking lot, while the other would no longer require people to inform officers during a traffic stop that they are carrying a gun.
Current Ohio law requires license holders that are pulled over to inform the officer that there is a gun in the vehicle, while keeping both hands in plain sight. The proposed new law would eliminate both requirements.
The bill allowing weapons on Statehouse grounds would eliminate a century-old provision barring such actions.
Needless to say, both bills are opposed by both the State Highway Patrol and The Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association.
Good news for jobless Ohioans?
The House on Tuesday sent a bill on to the governor that would extend unemployment benefits for more than 20,000 citizens. Those receiving the checks will get up to 99 weeks of benefits—26 weeks of state bennies, 53 weeks of regular federal help and 20 special weeks earmarked for states hit hardest by the recession.
The Governor on training, Tebow
Addressing the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education’s annual seminar in Columbus, Governor John Kasich referred to job training as “probably my seminal issue” for 2012. Kasich told the crowd that his administration is working hard to condense and modify the state’s 77 worker training programs, which are currently operated under 13 different state agencies.
The governor found time last week to step away from his state duties to pen an op-ed for Huffington Post’s religion section on the media circus surrounding Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow’s religious convictions.
Santorum to land first in Columbus
Speaking of religion, Pennsylvania Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will address the Ohio Christian Alliance’s freedom luncheon on Feb. 18. The luncheon falls just over two weeks prior to the state’s March 6 primary.