COLUMBUS -- There are other issues addressed in House Bill 483, the main mid-biennium budget bill passed by lawmakers earlier this month and signed into law Monday by Gov. John Kasich.
Here are some you should know:
• Dangerous Wild Animals: The legislation makes changes to requirements for the possession of certain restricted snake species, mostly related to how venomous and constricting snakes are housed.
• Amusement: HB 483 increases the fees for annual inspections of amusement rides, going to $1,200 from $950 for roller coasters and clarifying that the $5 annual fee for inspections of go-karts is to be calculated per vehicle.
The bill also requires the Department of Agriculture to charge $105 for inspections of inflatables.
• Casino Commission: The bill cuts the annual salary of members of the Ohio Casino Control Commission to $30,000 from $60,000.
• Roller Skates: The legislation repeals an annual $25 registration fee for roller rinks.
• Growl: HB 483 allows certain liquor permit holders to sell "growlers" of beer -- that is, glass containers of up to one gallon, for consumption away from the premises.
• Tattoos: The bill requires tattoo parlor operators (as opposed to tattoo parlor artists) "to ensure that invasive tattooing and body piercing equipment is disinfected and sterilized...."
• Lyme Disease: The legislation requires doctors and dentists and related medical staffers to provide additional information to patients being tested for Lyme disease and permit veterinarians to report the presence of the disease in animals in their care to state health officials.
• Child Support: HB 483 requires the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to develop a program to determine whether lottery and casino players owe back child support. In cases where money is owed, the bill also requires the withholding of any winnings.
• New Offices: It wouldn't be a budget bill without a healthy dose of new offices and panels to tackle different issues.
The legislation calls for the creation of an "Office of Human Services Innovation," an "Ohio Family Stability Commission," the "Adult Protective Services Funding Workgroup," the "Children Services Funding Workgroup," an unnamed workgroup "to develop proposals to help individuals to cease relying on public assistance," a "Nursing Facility Behavioral Health Advisory Workgroup," the "Mental Health and Addiction Services Planning for Ohio's Future Study Committee," the "State Recreational Vehicle Fund Advisory Board" and the "Criminal Justice Recodification Committee."
The bill also eliminates the "Cybersecurity, Education and Economic Development Council," leaving its duties to the state's Office of Information Technology.
• Massage: The legislation defines the phrase "massage therapy" in state law.
According to the Legislative Service Commission, the new definition reads as follows: "The treatment of disorders of the human body by the manipulation of soft tissue through the systematic external application of massage techniques including touch, stroking, friction, vibration, percussion, kneading, stretching, compression and joint movement within the normal physiologic range of motion; and adjunctive thereto, the external application of water, heat, cold, topical preparations, and mechanical devices."
• Disabled Parking: Having eye issues and want to park your car closer to the businesses you visit? HB 483 will allow your optometrist to prescribe a handicap parking placard or license plate "to a person who is blind, legally blind or severely visually impaired."
• Wind: The legislation requires new wind turbines to be at least 1,125 feet away from the nearest adjacent property line.
• Prison Museum: Have you visited the old prison in Mansfield where "The Shawshank Redemption" and other movie scenes were filmed? The legislation designates the museum on the grounds of the former Ohio State Penitentiary as the state's official penal museum.