home rule Judge Rejects Municipal Efforts To Delay Portions Of State Gun Law By Associated Press • Jan 8, 2020 shutterstock.com A judge has rejected a request by several Ohio cities to delay part of the state's new gun law. Ohio House Approves Bill Prohibiting Local Plastic Bag Bans By Ohio Public Radio • Dec 12, 2019 The Ohio House has approved a bill prohibiting local communities from banning single use plastic bags. State Lawmakers Continue Efforts To Block Local Plastic Bag Bans By Jim Letizia • Nov 8, 2019 vtdigger.org Bans on single-use plastic bags in Bexley and in Cuyahoga County are scheduled to take effect in January. Recent Issues Revive Debate Over Ohio's "Home Rule" Authority By Ohio Public Radio • Oct 21, 2019 A home rule provision was added to the Ohio constitution by voters in 1912, and the struggles between local officials and state lawmakers have raged almost since the beginning. Proposed Bill Would Return Power To Make Gun Laws To Cities By Ohio Public Radio • Sep 23, 2019 Ohio Public Radio Ohio legislators passed a law in 2006 preventing local governments from passing any gun laws that are more restrictive than those enacted at the state level. Proposed State Law Could Kill Local Community Bans On Plastic Bags By Jim Letizia • Jul 5, 2019 delawareonline.com Bexley is one of three Ohio communities banning the use of plastic shopping bags to help protect the environment. Cincinnati Joins Columbus In Suing State Over Local Gun Control Measures By Jim Letizia • Jun 8, 2019 gcftz.com Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says his city is joining Columbus in taking the state to court over a recently-passed gun law. Ohio Senate President Responds To Columbus' Lawsuit Over Gun Restrictions By Ohio Public Radio • Mar 21, 2019 Ohio Public Radio The president of the Ohio Senate doesn't think lawmakers infringed on cities' rights with legislation that supersedes local gun ordinances and gives citizens the right to challenge those laws in court. City Of Columbus Suing Ohio Over Gun Legislation By Mike Foley • Mar 19, 2019 Foley The city of Columbus today filed a lawsuit against the state of Ohio to halt legislation enacted last year because it limits the ability municipalities have to enact local gun ordinances. Cities Sue State Over Wireless Antennas On Municipal Buildings By Associated Press • Mar 21, 2017 digitaltrends.com Dozens of Ohio cities, including Columbus, have filed lawsuits challenging a state law allowing four telecommunications companies to place wireless antennas on municipal buildings within city limits. Critics Say Pet Store Regulation Bill Benefits Business, Not Pets By Ohio Public Radio • Nov 17, 2016 Ohio Public Radio Opponents of a bill that would ban local restrictions on pet stores say state lawmakers shouldn't pass that legislation.