Supporters of Nitro’s Law will be overjoyed by the news that Ohio State Representative Ron Gerberry posted on his Facebook timeline tonight.
“Dear Nitro Supporters:
Representative Grossman and I would like announce that we have come to an agreement with the Senate and the major provisions of Nitro’s Bill (H.B. 90) will be amended into the budget bill on Monday or Tuesday. The over all budget should pass the Senate and House on Thursday. In other words it looks like -” WE DID IT !”
My sincere thanks to Rep. Grossman it could not have been done without her dedication and commitment to our cause. Let me thank Tom and Liz Siesto and the entire Nitro Foundation. It has been a long time coming but you all played a major role in helping get Nitro’s Law become a reality.
Again thanks to all,
State Rep. Ron Gerberry”
Instead of being taken to the Senate floor for a vote, Nitro’s Law, HB90 was hijacked two weeks ago into the budget committee, where provisions of the bill were changed that essentially struck down everything the law stood for. The language had been amended to remove the 5th degree felony for starving or dehydrating a dog. Since Nitro’s Law is named for one of the dogs who was starved to death at High Caliber K9 in Mahoning County, this change to the bill was a stinging slap in the face. The Nitro Foundation and supporters of Nitro’s Law have been busy calling and writing their Ohio senators, asking that the original language be retained and that the bill be voted on, instead of hidden in the State’s budget.
State Representative Gerberry has been a champion for Nitro’s Law. He fast-tracked the bill this year to get it through the House in record time. A true friend of animals, he didn’t walk away from it after that, but has followed its course to see that it not only retains its purpose, but that it doesn’t get lost like it has in previous years.
The Cleveland Pets Examiner extends a heartfelt thanks to Representatives Gerberry and Grossman, and to the Nitro Foundation, who never gave up, even in the face of insurmountable odds.
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