Exotic animal regulations clear the Ohio House


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A bill that outlines new regulations on exotic animals has cleared the Ohio House.

The House passed the measure on an 87-9 vote Tuesday. It now goes back to the Senate, which has to sign off on the House's changes before the measure could go to the governor.

Senators could approve the House revisions as soon as Tuesday.

The House changes included lower permit fees and liability insurance requirements than the version the Senate passed last month. And the Legislature would have the authority to expand the list of restricted creatures, instead of Ohio's agriculture director.

Overall, the bill would ban new ownership of dangerous exotic animals.

Regulatory efforts took on new urgency in October, when a suicidal owner released dozens of exotic animals from his farm near Zanesville.