Ohio General Assembly defeats Kasich vetoes of gun, pay raise bills, but can’t pass ‘heartbeat’ bill

Ohio General Assembly defeats Kasich vetoes of gun, pay raise bills, but can’t pass ‘heartbeat’ bill

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Member of the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action, a group that supports gun control, watch in the Ohio Senate gallery on Thursday as lawmakers debate House Bill 228, which shifts the burden of proof in self-defense cases from the shooter to prosecutors. ( COLUMBUS, Ohio – A firearms law will change in favor of gun owners and the Ohio General Assembly is getting pay raises, thanks to a rare, post-Christmas session lawmakers held Thursday to override vetoes by Gov. John Kasich. Also on Thursday, lawmakers attempted to override a Kasich veto of a fetal heartbeat abortion ban, but failed . They also announced that they are not going to override an 18-month-old Kasich veto of a freeze on Medicaid expansion enrollment, which keeps the program intact . ‘Heartbeat’ bill fails as Ohio Senate can’t muster veto override votes The Ohio Constitution states a three-fifths’ vote in each chamber is necessary to override a governor’s veto. Both chambers are dominated by Republicans. Gun measure House Bill 228 shifts the burden of proof in self-defense cases from the shooter to prosecutors. It also expands gun access in government subsidized housing and for off-duty police, among other provisions. The House voted to enact the bill over Kasich’s objection Thursday morning, 67 to 22. Later in the Senate, the vote was 21 to 11. Ohio is the only state that places the burden of proof on shooters, meaning during an investigation of a shooting, the gun owners have to prove they were […]

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