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Exotic animal regulations head to Ohio governor
Regulations on exotic animal ownership, ban on buying new wildlife head to Ohio's governor
By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' A bill that would tighten regulations on owning exotic animals in Ohio is headed to the governor for his expected signature.

The push for a crackdown took on new urgency in October, when a suicidal owner released dozens of exotic animals from his farm near Zanesville in eastern Ohio.

The Ohio House passed the measure 87-9 on Tuesday, and the Senate agreed to the House's changes. Those revisions included lower permit fees and liability insurance requirements than the version the Senate passed last month.

The measure would ban new ownership of exotic animals, while allowing current owners to keep their pets by obtaining a new state-issued permit by 2014 and adhere to strict new caretaking standards.

Owner would have to post signs alerting people to dangerous animals on the property.

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