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Thursday, January 19, 2006 

Ohio Senate Bill 82

Callahan's Cleveland Diary covers Senate Bill 82
Ohio Senate Bill 82, which would void employee residency requirements created by voters in hundreds of municipalities, is up for a vote in the House of Representatives today.

It will pass despite the fact that it's almost certainly unconstitutional (see the "Comment" in the Legislative Service Commission's analysis). It will pass despite the overwhelming opposition of Ohio municipalities of all sizes. It will pass, because Republicans don't really give a crap about preserving the rights of local communities against centralized government power, and too many Democrats have promised their votes to the police and firefighter unions in exchange for campaign support.
In the long run, this can't be good for anyone - not even the city employees who desire it.