Taking apart the dialogue of the gun debate.

In the wake of each of these tragedies, it has become a predictable play.  It isn't even nuanced anymore, and it sure isn't interesting.  Here is the recap - tell me I'm wrong. One side says, "WE NEED REFORM!"  The other side says, "IT ISN'T THE GUNS' FAULT, IT IS THE CRAZY PEOPLE!" Then someone … Continue reading Taking apart the dialogue of the gun debate.

Meaningful Changes – Gun Control

Another weekend passes and our country has had two more mass shootings.  After each of these, I sit down and write Senator Robert Portman, to say, hey, we have a problem, what are we doing?  This time, one of the shootings was in Ohio. I think I have had a single response - and it … Continue reading Meaningful Changes – Gun Control

The Gap After Clinical Care

The 1950's and 1960's saw the de-institutionalization of patients suffering from mental illness.  Why is that?  Well two things: 1) Due to the lack of institutional oversight, the institutions themselves were wrought with problems and cases of patients being abused; and 2) the Civil Rights Movement.  A person diagnosed with a mental illness hasn't committed … Continue reading The Gap After Clinical Care

Ohio Eliminates State Estate Tax

The Ohio Estate Tax was a 6% tax that applied to estates that had a net value in excess of $338,333.  The 6% tax was levied on every dollar over $338,333.  Once the value of the estate reached $500,000, the rate changed to a 7% tax.   The repeal of the Estate Tax is effective … Continue reading Ohio Eliminates State Estate Tax

Ohio Conceal Carry Laws – Effective September 30, 2011

The 129th General Assembly did not waste any time in changing state law to allow citizens with conceal carry permits (CCWs or CHLs) to carry their handguns into new venues.  State Senator Tim Schaffer introduced SB 17 for the first time on February 1, 2011, it passed the Senate on April 13, 2011 and was … Continue reading Ohio Conceal Carry Laws – Effective September 30, 2011

2010 Ohio Legislative Year in Review – Originally Published 12/8/2010

In 2010, a total of thirty-seven bills were passed by Ohio’s 128th General Assembly and subsequently signed into law by Governor Ted Strickland. Below, I have compiled a short summary of the legal highlights of the year: CRIMINAL LAW Senate Bill 58:  This bill makes it a crime to collect blood, urine, tissue, or other … Continue reading 2010 Ohio Legislative Year in Review – Originally Published 12/8/2010