Some bills didn’t make it through the Statehouse in 2018

Ohio Statehouse News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – As of Christmas Day, 157 bills from this general assembly have become law — 985 other bills have not – among them most of the Reagan Tokes Act and all of Tyler’s Law.

A lot of bills failed to come to fruition including an attempt to overhaul unemployment compensation, an anti-discrimination bill and consensus was never reached on two bills that addressed tragic situations.

Senator Charleta Tavares has noticed an increase in bills being introduced at the Statehouse.

Tavares said, “In some cases, it’s because we have inexperienced legislators who don’t understand that some of these issues can be addressed without legislation, in other cases, I believe it’s because we are more of a full-time legislature than was intended, so people feel like they have to make work.”

Then there are the bills that develop as a result of a calamity like Tyler’s Law and the Reagan Tokes Act. Only part of the Reagan Tokes Act made it into law.

Representative Jim Hughes said, “It is also very difficult, has a lot of different, um it’s complicated so we knew it was going to take time.”

On the other end of the spectrum, it is unclear how much support Tyler’s Law has and while Tavares says safety should always be looked at, another route for the changes being sought may yield better fruit.

“In some cases, we need to look at the larger picture, not just that particular incident, and in fact, our judges are saying the same thing,” said Tavares.

Any bill that did not pass can be re-submitted next year when the next general assembly begins, but little will have changed to shift the balance of power here at the Statehouse and there is no guarantee it will fair any better.

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