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Ohio House bill would protect right to raise small livestock

By MARC KOVAC Capital Bureau Published: May 15, 2017 9:05 AM

COLUMBUS — Local zoning rules could not prohibit residents from raising chickens, rabbits and other small livestock, so long as the animals are not creating a nuisance, under legislation being considered in the Ohio House.

Tom Brinkman (R-Mount Lookout) offered HB 175 after hearing from a resident who was fined and threatened with jail time for having half a dozen backyard chickens.

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“Families will be able to exercise their freedom to provide their own healthy food for their families.

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And it would bar zoning regulations that prohibit certain non-commercial agricultural activities, so long as the latter are not creating a nuisance for neighbors.

“This bill allows every person in our state to grow food on their own property and to responsibly raise small livestock such as chickens and rabbits.

Families will be able to exercise their freedom to provide their own healthy food for their families.

Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) questioned how the bill would affect residents who moved into cities controlled by zoning.

“I guess I’m concerned about home rule ….

I don’t think the neighbors would even know what’s going on… I trust the individuals to respect their neighbors but at the same time giving them the personal freedom to provide for themselves and their families.

Contact him at mkovac@recordpub.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.


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