More good news from Ohio

At risk of being somewhat tedious in my reporting of events in Ohio (where I haven’t been in many years), I’m going to write again today about what happened with Ohio House Bill 347 (concealed carry reform). Governor Taft followed through with his threat to veto this much needed legislation–that’s the bad news.

The good news is that the Ohio House wasted no time in overriding the veto, and voted overwhelmingly (71-21) to do so. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate, where the expectation is that it will be voted on next Tuesday, December 12. That vote is expected to be a bit more difficult than the House vote was. In the initial Senate floor vote, it passed 19-10 (a veto override requires 20 votes in the Senate). Encouragingly, though, those 19 votes came despite the fact that 2 Senators who have been strong supporters of the bill were absent for the vote.

As I mentioned Monday, even if the override fails, this bill is very likely to become law next legislative session. Still, this dramatic improvement to Ohio’s laws is long overdue, and the sooner it’s implemented, the better. Besides, a resounding veto override would be just the perfect send-off for the gun rights disparagin’, multiple criminal conviction havin’, under 20% approval rating receivin’, miserable excuse for a governor that Taft is.

Any readers in Ohio–please bombard your state Senators with phone calls, snail mail letters, emails, faxes, visits (if practical), carrier pigeons, smoke signals, messages in bottles–whatever you can come up with, to get them the word that if they claim to represent you and your interests, their duty is to override this veto.

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