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Bill Would Allow Townships To Pass Snow Shoveling Ordinances

A familiar sight throughout Ohio today
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A familiar sight throughout Ohio today

Residents in many cities throughout Ohio are clearing their sidewalks to comply with local laws. Some Statehouse lawmakers have a bill that would allow townships to make laws to also require sidewalks to be shoveled.

Republican State Representative Tim Brown says there are currently some townships where local leaders cannot require homeowners to clear sidewalks. And that, he says, is not fair to township residents.

“They have the same needs as someone who lives on a city block. Someone could be handicapped in a neighborhood. There could be small children that make their way to school or a bus stop.”

Brown says his bill would allow townships to pass laws to require residents to shovel sidewalks if they determine it’s in the best interest of the community.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.