Ohio panel to discuss exotic animal bill revisions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A legislative committee that

This photo provided by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium shows one of three leopards that were captured by authorities a day after their owner, Terry Thompson, released dozens of wild animals and then killed himself near Zanesville, Ohio. Officials said Thursday Oct. 27, 2011, that six exotic animals will be quarantined instead of being returned to Thompson's wife.The office of Ohio Gov. John Kasich says the state Department of Agriculture has ordered the quarantine. (AP Photo/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Grahm S. Jones)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A legislative committee that's considering
new regulations on exotic animal ownership in Ohio is scheduled to
make tweaks to the proposal and possibly vote on it late Wednesday
afternoon.
The chairman of the Ohio House agriculture committee says he
received 51 proposed amendments, though he described many as
"triplicates."
Republican State Rep. David Hall of Millersburg declined to say
ahead of the panel's meeting what changes lawmakers were
considering.
The Senate passed the bill last month. Hall said it's unlikely
the House panel would pass that version without making revisions.
If the committee amends and approves the bill Wednesday, it
would still face a full House vote.
Efforts to regulate exotic animals took on new urgency in
October, when a suicidal owner released dozens of exotic animals.

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