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A bill aimed at overriding a Grove City law dictating where pet stores can get dogs could get another addition.
“A House GOP source said there also has been talk of adding an amendment to the bill that would prevent Ohio cities from approving higher minimum wages,” Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel writes.
“Cleveland City Council, for example, voted in September to place a $15 minimum wage on the May 2017 ballot. Ohio’s minimum wage in 2017 will be $8.15 per hour, an increase of a nickel.”
No one is ready to talk about it: “It’s too early to talk about,” Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, a key House leader, said of the minimum wage amendment.
House Speaker Cliff “Rosenberger said he has concern about cities raising the minimum wage too much but was not sure lawmakers would deal with it in December,” Siegel writes.
Back to the Petland bill: The Grove City law and another in Toledo keeps pet stores from selling dogs from puppy mills.
Vicki Deisner, Midwest legislative director of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the state’s bill would “permit the continued importation of inhumanely bred puppy mill dogs into our communities.”
A word from Petland: “If we were doing an eighth of the things they claim we’re doing, we would have been out of business 20 years ago,” said Mike Gonidakis, Petland’s lobbyist and legal counsel.
Tim Ryan throws his hat in: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan has decided to challenge Rep. Nancy Pelosi for the House Democratic leadership spot saying “What we are doing right now is not working. Under our current leadership, Democrats have been reduced to our smallest congressional minority since 1929. This should indicate to all of us that keeping our leadership team completely unchanged will simply lead to more disappointment in future elections.”
“In challenging Pelosi, Ryan, 43, who has represented his northeast Ohio congressional district since 2003, seeks to unseat a veteran 76-year-old lawmaker — and prolific fundraiser — who has led House Democrats as both speaker and minority leader for the past 12 years,” Dispatch Washington reporter Jessica Wehrman writes.
“Ryan, who argued for new leadership in a sometimes heated Democratic caucus meeting Tuesday morning, is gambling that House Democrats may want to turn to a more moderate lawmaker than Pelosi, a progressive from California.”
The vote is scheduled for Nov. 30 and Pelosi says she already has enough votes to win.
A reminder: “For those who have watched Ryan closely for years, there was heavy skepticism (all of it warranted) that the Youngstown-area Democrat would actually pull the trigger on this,” cleveland.com’s Henry J. Gomez writes.
Ryan, “has long enjoyed the attention and speculation that comes with being a relatively young and charismatic congressman. Ryan perpetually is a definite-maybe candidate for something, usually governor or senator. But in the end he always decides to play it safe – his seat is one of only four in Ohio drawn to favor Democrats – and stay right where he is.”
More from Sen. Sherrod Brown on working with President-elect Donald Trump: “Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, long a critic of trade deals, said in an interview that he had spoken extensively with Mr. Trump’s trade adviser and would work with him on issues concerning steel workers. ‘We can work with him on things we agree on,’ Mr. Brown said. ‘On (Steve) Bannon, no,’” according to New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer.
Speaking of Steve Bannon: Newly re-elected Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was asked about the Trump’s hiring of Bannon, the controversial former head of Breitbart News.
According to WKSU’s Tim Rudell, Portman said, “He’s (Trump) going to, you know, fill a number of these keys staff roles, and there’s no confirmation process in that, so we don’t have a role in it. They’re advisors and ultimately the president is going to make the big decisions. So I don’t have any particular comment on it. All I can tell you is I really want to work with this new administration and get some things done.”
Ohio Supreme Court ruling: “Ohio can impose its commercial activity tax on out-of-state businesses lacking a bricks-and-mortar presence in the state, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today,” Dispatch reporter Randy Ludlow writes.
“Justice William M. O’Neill wrote that while an in-state physical presence may be necessary to collect sales taxes from a retailer, the U.S. Constitution commerce clause does not forbid the collection of a “privilege to do business” tax such as the commercial activity tax.”
Making good on their bets: Both Brown and Portman had to pay up their Illinois counterparts after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. The wager? Beer.
“The Cubs won fair and square but it was one of the best series ever. It was so much fun. The eighth inning was so great for Cleveland fans and the tenth inning was so great for Cubs fans,” Brown said, according to Roll Call.
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