Pit bulls in Ohio would no longer be labeled as "vicious" dogs under a bill that has cleared the Ohio Senate.
State law currently defines a vicious dog as one that has seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls. The Senate voted 27-5 Tuesday to change that definition by removing the reference to pit bulls. The change would require evidence to prove pit bulls are actually vicious.
Democrats in the Ohio House say they plan to push for more oversight of the state's new private job creation entity, JobsOhio. They also want to put any unanticipated new state money into a fund that cities and townships can use to return police officers or firefighters to the job. Local governments' funding took a hit in the latest state budget.
Minority Leader Armond Budish on Tuesday laid out the 2012 legislative priorities for his caucus. Other proposals included increased reporting requirements for private, for-profit charter schools regarding their use of public money.