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In a move widely expected to toughen the laws in Ohio regulating ownership of “dangerous wild animals”, Senate Bill 310 was voted favorably out of committee yesterday by the Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee with a unanimous vote of 9-0. It was then promptly passed by the full Senate with a 30-1 vote. At issue for the pet industry was the inclusion of reptiles in the proposed legislation. “Well before the unfortunate incident occurred in Zanesville, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council became involved in working with leaders in Ohio to ensure that pet owners could continue to keep pet snakes”, says Mike Canning, President and CEO of PIJAC.