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'Barnyard Bill' would prevent local zoning to handle small livestock ownership

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Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would prevent local zoning and township trustees to have a say in residents owning small farm animals on their property.

Legislation for House Bill 175, known as the "Barnyard Bill," would allow the state to oversee the zoning of small livestock, taking the power away from local zoning. 

Residents could own chickens, goats, llamas, ostriches and other animals deemed small in all neighborhoods in Ohio.

Residents could not, however, own steers, dairy cows, and horses, according to State Representative Mike O'Brien.

O'Brien said that he opposes this bill and that this steals the jurisdiction away from local governing bodies.

"I think the local government's jurisdictions have a great feel for what their constituents want, what their constituents need, and I think they should leave it just like that and have these zoning officials take charge of those issues," said Representative O'Brien.

The bill is currently in the state and local government committee. 

There have only been about three hearings involving this bill, and it has yet to be voted on by the House or Senate. 

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