From: Senator Grendell [mailto:SD18@senate.state.oh.us]
Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 2:20 PM
Subject: HB 70 (Nitro's Law)
Thank you for writing to me regarding House Bill 70 (Nitro's Law).
Unfortunately, we were unable to hold hearings on HB 70 prior to the recess. However, I am in full support of Nitro's Bill and I appreciate your comments and support of the bill. I will continue to work with my colleagues to move this very important bill forward. Thank you so much for contacting me and please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any other concerns. Thank you again.
Timothy J. Grendell
18th Senate District
Here is my response to Senator Grendell today:
Dear Senator Grendell,
I appreciate that you support House Bill 70 (Nitro's Law), but actions speak louder than words. I sense from the tone of your e-mail that this important vote will get delayed. I did not read anything positive about how it will be scheduled before year-end. If you really support the Bill, you will make sure that it gets advanced before the end of the year. There is plenty of opportunity.
Perhaps the real reason for the delay is because Republicans want to wait to take full control of the legislature and governor's office next year? It is public knowledge that Ohio lawmakers are not anxious to get much accomplished before the end of the year. Please reference Cleveland.com's article: http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2010/11/state_lawmakers_likely_to_acco.html.
Senator Grendell, I urge you to move this important Bill forward -- right now, this year, no excuses. Otherwise your office is as guilty as Steve Croley himself. Steve Croley paid lip service to the owners who entrusted their pets to his care, and perhaps you are paying lip service to the public that you are supposed to serve? It is easy to pay lip service, and the last thing we need is more excuses. Please follow through and show us that you feel this Bill is important. I pray that you can stand up and be counted as a Senator that made a real difference for the animals.
Please feel free to cut and paste or copy my response to Senator Grendell. I urge everyone to keep pushing forward on this important Bill. Through Senator Grendell's lack of positive action, I fear he is paying lip service to the taxpaying public much like Steve Croley paid lip service to the owners of the dogs in his care.
RIP, Nitro and the others who fought a hard battle but ended up going to a better place. You will never be forgotten.