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{{nooh2012}}{{tnr}}A '''Ohio Dog Auctions Initiative''' did not make the [[Ohio 2011 ballot measures|November 2011]] ballot in [[Ohio]] as an {{iissfull}}. Although proponents then focused on getting the proposal on a [[Ohio 2012 ballot measures|2012 ballot]] instead, that effort did not come to ballot fruition either.
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{{nooh2012}}{{tnr}}An '''Ohio Dog Auctions Initiative''' did not make the [[Ohio 2011 ballot measures|November 2011]] ballot in [[Ohio]] as an {{iissfull}}. Although proponents then focused on getting the proposal on a [[Ohio 2012 ballot measures|2012 ballot]] instead, that effort did not come to ballot fruition either.
  
The measure would have prohibited bringing into the state, for purposes of sale/trade, a dog acquired through auction.<ref>[http://critters.blogs.starnewsonline.com/11466/two-animal-welfare-ballot-measures-proposed-in-ohio/?tc=ar ''Star News Online'',"Two animal welfare ballot measures proposed in Ohio," February 2, 2010]</ref><ref>[http://www.thelantern.com/campus/dog-treatment-a-concern-but-especially-in-ohio-1.1435570 ''The Lantern'',"Dog treatment a concern, but especially in Ohio," April 29, 2010]</ref> Additionally, the measure aimed to empower the [[Ohio Attorney General]] to "investigate, conciliate and prosecute alleged violations" and, if necessary, to bring civil actions against violators.<ref name="DispatchNov282010">[http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/11/28/advocates-pushing-state-to-ban-dog-auctions.html?sid=101 ''The Columbus Dispatch'',"Advocates pushing state to ban dog auctions," November 28, 2010]</ref><ref name="examiner"> [http://www.examiner.com/environmental-news-in-charleston/ohio-group-says-it-will-try-again-to-get-enough-signatures-to-ban-dog-auctions ''Examiner'', "Ohio group says it will try again to get enough signatures to ban dog auctions", December 31, 2010]</ref>
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The measure would have prohibited bringing into the state, for purposes of sale/trade, a dog acquired through auction.<ref>[http://critters.blogs.starnewsonline.com/11466/two-animal-welfare-ballot-measures-proposed-in-ohio/?tc=ar ''Star News Online'',"Two animal welfare ballot measures proposed in Ohio," February 2, 2010]</ref><ref>[http://www.thelantern.com/campus/dog-treatment-a-concern-but-especially-in-ohio-1.1435570 ''The Lantern'',"Dog treatment a concern, but especially in Ohio," April 29, 2010]</ref> Additionally, the measure aimed to empower the [[Ohio Attorney General]] to "investigate, conciliate and prosecute alleged violations" and, if necessary, to bring civil actions against violators.<ref name="DispatchNov282010">[http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/11/28/advocates-pushing-state-to-ban-dog-auctions.html?sid=101 ''The Columbus Dispatch'',"Advocates pushing state to ban dog auctions," November 28, 2010]</ref><ref name="examiner"> [http://www.examiner.com/environmental-news-in-charleston/ohio-group-says-it-will-try-again-to-get-enough-signatures-to-ban-dog-auctions ''Examiner'', "Ohio group says it will try again to get enough signatures to ban dog auctions," December 31, 2010]</ref>
  
 
==Summary==
 
==Summary==
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:: ''See also: [[Ohio signature requirements]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Ohio signature requirements]]''
  
In order to qualify for the [[Ohio 2011 ballot measures|2011 ballot]] supporters were required to collect 120,600 valid signatures by [[BC2010#December|December 31, 2010]]. The initiative effort had collected 77,355 of the signatures required to get the measure on the ballot as of [[BC2010#December|December 28, 2010]].  The measure fell short of the signature requirement, therefore leaving it off of the ballot. However, proponents then turned their efforts for the 2012 ballot.<ref>[http://news-herald.com/articles/2010/11/15/news/doc4ce03bea37c3f672590963.txt ''The News-Herald'',"Petitioners pushing to ban Ohio dog auctions," November 15, 2010]</ref><ref> [http://news-herald.com/articles/2010/12/28/news/doc4d1a1dc6478a3986487100.txt ''News-Herald'', "Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions is closer to getting on state ballot", December 28, 2010]</ref><ref> [http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20101230/NEWS01/101230003/Ban-Ohio-dog-auctions-falls-short-2nd-time?odyssey=nav|head ''Newark Advocate'', "Ban on Ohio dog auctions falls short 2nd time", December 30, 2010]</ref><ref name="examiner"/>
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In order to qualify for the [[Ohio 2011 ballot measures|2011 ballot]] supporters were required to collect 120,600 valid signatures by [[BC2010#December|December 31, 2010]]. The initiative effort had collected 77,355 of the signatures required to get the measure on the ballot as of [[BC2010#December|December 28, 2010]].  The measure fell short of the signature requirement, therefore leaving it off of the ballot. However, proponents then turned their efforts for the 2012 ballot.<ref>[http://news-herald.com/articles/2010/11/15/news/doc4ce03bea37c3f672590963.txt ''The News-Herald'',"Petitioners pushing to ban Ohio dog auctions," November 15, 2010]</ref><ref> [http://news-herald.com/articles/2010/12/28/news/doc4d1a1dc6478a3986487100.txt ''News-Herald'', "Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions is closer to getting on state ballot," December 28, 2010]</ref><ref> [http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20101230/NEWS01/101230003/Ban-Ohio-dog-auctions-falls-short-2nd-time?odyssey=nav|head ''Newark Advocate'', "Ban on Ohio dog auctions falls short 2nd time," December 30, 2010]</ref><ref name="examiner"/>
  
 
===2012 effort===
 
===2012 effort===
  
The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions submitted 154,082 signatures to the [[Ohio Secretary of State]] during the week of [[BC2011#December|December 29, 2011]]. According to reports, 115,570 signatures must have been verified in order for the [[Ohio Legislature]] to consider the proposal.<ref> [http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/12/_animals_in_the_news_76.html ''Cleveland.com'', "Dog auction petition signatures being verified; confiscated pit bulls getting veterinary care: Animals in the News", December 29, 2011]</ref>
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The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions submitted 154,082 signatures to the [[Ohio Secretary of State]] during the week of [[BC2011#December|December 29, 2011]]. According to reports, 115,570 signatures must have been verified in order for the [[Ohio Legislature]] to consider the proposal.<ref> [http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/12/_animals_in_the_news_76.html ''Cleveland.com'', "Dog auction petition signatures being verified; confiscated pit bulls getting veterinary care: Animals in the News," December 29, 2011]</ref>
  
However, the initiative effort fell short about 360 signatures on [[BC2012#January|January 10, 2012]], according to [[Ohio Secretary of State]] [[Jon Husted]]. The group had 10 days to collect the amount of signatures needed to surpass their total since they fell short.<ref> [http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/2012/01/group-wanting-ban-ohio-dog-auctions-falls-short/2084031 ''Washington Examiner'', "Group wanting to ban Ohio dog auctions falls short", January 11, 2012]</ref>
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However, the initiative effort fell short about 360 signatures on [[BC2012#January|January 10, 2012]], according to [[Ohio Secretary of State]] [[Jon Husted]]. The group had 10 days to collect the amount of signatures needed to surpass their total since they fell short.<ref> [http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/2012/01/group-wanting-ban-ohio-dog-auctions-falls-short/2084031 ''Washington Examiner'', "Group wanting to ban Ohio dog auctions falls short," January 11, 2012]</ref>
  
On [[BC2012#January|January 20, 2011]], supporters submitted 4,089 additional signatures. Reports stated that the [[Ohio Secretary of State]] would catalog the signatures and send them to county boards of elections to verify them. The measure was then sent to the legislature for review.<ref> [http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2012/01/23/Ohio-group-seeks-to-ban-dog-auctions.html ''Toledo Blade'', "Ohio group seeks to ban dog auctions", January 23, 2012]</ref>
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On [[BC2012#January|January 20, 2011]], supporters submitted 4,089 additional signatures. Reports stated that the [[Ohio Secretary of State]] would catalog the signatures and send them to county boards of elections to verify them. The measure was then sent to the legislature for review.<ref> [http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2012/01/23/Ohio-group-seeks-to-ban-dog-auctions.html ''Toledo Blade'', "Ohio group seeks to ban dog auctions," January 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Senate passage===
 
===Senate passage===
  
The [[Ohio State Senate]] advanced the proposal with a vote of 30-0 on [[BC2012#February|February 1, 2012]]. The measure will now be sent to the House for a full vote. If the measure cleared the chamber, it would be enacted into a law. If the [[Ohio House of Representatives]] does not enact the measure, it would then be sent to the ballot.<ref> [http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/02/us-ohio-puppymills-idUSTRE8112DD20120202 ''Rueters'', "Ohio Senate advances anti-puppy mill bill", February 2, 2012]</ref>
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The [[Ohio State Senate]] advanced the proposal with a vote of 30-0 on [[BC2012#February|February 1, 2012]]. The measure will now be sent to the House for a full vote. If the measure cleared the chamber, it would be enacted into a law. If the [[Ohio House of Representatives]] does not enact the measure, it would then be sent to the ballot.<ref> [http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/02/us-ohio-puppymills-idUSTRE8112DD20120202 ''Rueters'', "Ohio Senate advances anti-puppy mill bill," February 2, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

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An Ohio Dog Auctions Initiative did not make the November 2011 ballot in Ohio as an indirect initiated state statute. Although proponents then focused on getting the proposal on a 2012 ballot instead, that effort did not come to ballot fruition either.

The measure would have prohibited bringing into the state, for purposes of sale/trade, a dog acquired through auction.[1][2] Additionally, the measure aimed to empower the Ohio Attorney General to "investigate, conciliate and prosecute alleged violations" and, if necessary, to bring civil actions against violators.[3][4]

Summary

According to the filed petition, the initiative proposed:[5]

The Ohio Dog Auctions Act would enact Section 955.54 of the Ohio Revised Code to make it unlawful for any person to auction, as defined in R.C.4707.01, or raffle a dog within Ohio for any purpose. It would also prohibit bringing into the state for purposes of sale or trade a dog acquired through an auction or raffle in another jurisdiction. the Ohio Attorney General would have authority to investigate, conciliate and prosecute alleged violations of the Act. The Attorney General or any resident of the state could bring a civil action to enjoin a violation of the Act. A first conviction under the Act would be punishable as a minor misdemeanor and each subsequent conviction as a fourth degree misdemeanor.

Support

Supporters

  • The measure was supported by the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions. Mary O'Connor-Shaver, part of the campaign, said, "Ohio has virtually no laws regulating dog-breeding kennels and dog auctions." O'Connor-Shaver argued that that was the reason why dog breeders had increased significantly in previous years in the state of Ohio.
  • Supporters reportedly said at the time that they hoped the proposed measure would work in tandem with other proposed legislation - House Bill 570. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Grossman, called for establishing standards for commercial dog-breeding kennels.[3]

Opposition

Opponents

Arguments

  • Polly Britton, a legislative agent for the Ohio Association of Animal Owners, argued that dog auctions were already "well-policed" and that the measure was "a way to shut down a segment of the agriculture commerce in Ohio. Dogs are agriculture under Ohio Revised Code."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Ohio signature requirements

In order to qualify for the 2011 ballot supporters were required to collect 120,600 valid signatures by December 31, 2010. The initiative effort had collected 77,355 of the signatures required to get the measure on the ballot as of December 28, 2010. The measure fell short of the signature requirement, therefore leaving it off of the ballot. However, proponents then turned their efforts for the 2012 ballot.[6][7][8][4]

2012 effort

The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions submitted 154,082 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State during the week of December 29, 2011. According to reports, 115,570 signatures must have been verified in order for the Ohio Legislature to consider the proposal.[9]

However, the initiative effort fell short about 360 signatures on January 10, 2012, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The group had 10 days to collect the amount of signatures needed to surpass their total since they fell short.[10]

On January 20, 2011, supporters submitted 4,089 additional signatures. Reports stated that the Ohio Secretary of State would catalog the signatures and send them to county boards of elections to verify them. The measure was then sent to the legislature for review.[11]

Senate passage

The Ohio State Senate advanced the proposal with a vote of 30-0 on February 1, 2012. The measure will now be sent to the House for a full vote. If the measure cleared the chamber, it would be enacted into a law. If the Ohio House of Representatives does not enact the measure, it would then be sent to the ballot.[12]

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