Nichole Hannahs

Opposition Testimony Underway in Exotic Animal Legislation

by Nichole Hannahs on March 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

The State Senate hears Tuesday from opponents of the proposed exotic animal law.

Testimony began at the State House in Columbus. State Senator Troy Balderson said he and other lawmakers will listen carefully to those who don’t agree with the bill and take their views into account before passing it onto the House in the next couple of weeks.

"My whole timing for this is to find balance and to protect humans, citizens of Ohio, the animals and protect the businesses that are there, but also protect their property rights," said State Senator of the 20th District Troy Balderson.

Representative Brian Hill will carry the bill into the House. Senator Balderson was in Zanesville to speak to students at the Mid-East Career and Technology Center about the growth of jobs in the state not just from shale drilling, but from secondary positions that support the business, like truck drivers, engineers and plant operators.

"Employers now are losing people to the oil and gas industry," said Senator Balderson. "Those employers are coming to me and saying what do I have to do to replace those employees. They need to reach out to these students and expose themselves, that’s what we’re going to need to fill."

Members of the Muskingum County Career and Opportunity Center also spoke to the students about services they provide to the community to help find employment. This was all part of the Mid-East Career and Technology Center’s Senior Employability Expo.