Finan: We won BIG on Election day, so let's...compromise??
After an Election day clean sweep of all statewide offices, the Ohio Supreme Court, and the General Assembly, Republicans appear poised to pass much of their agenda.
On the front burner in the legislature is a bill allowing Ohioans to carry concealed weapons. The Senate is expected to take up the bill, which has already passed in the House, before the end of the year.
The bill had been delayed in the Senate while the Ohio Supreme Court reviews a Cincinnati case that tests the constitutionality of the ban on concealed weapons. With the change in the Supreme Court, Senate President Richard Finan now says the Senate will move forward.
Concealed weapons, he said, "are back on the table."
The only stumbling block is Taft, a moderate Republican who has repeatedly said he will sign the measure only if it is backed by the Fraternal Order of Police labor union.
Finan said he is crafting a bill the labor union can get behind. Some of these FOP proposals threaten to significantly weaken Ohio's Concealed Carry Reform legislation.
OFCC PAC Commentary:
One would think that a Senate emboldened by such positive election results, having picked up a hard-fought OFCC PAC KEY RACE seat (Armbruster) and achieved a super-majority, would not think it so urgent to bend to the will of those who have opposed HB274 since it's inception.
This highlights the reason why the Ohio Senate MUST hear from as many people as possible, insisting that these changes be defeated and the bill still be passed. We implore you get involved NOW!