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Municipalities Fight for Home Rule

Posted Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Municipalities Fight for Home Rule The Ohio Constitution gives local communities the power of home rule. They can make their own laws and rules. But what about when home rule clashes with state law? Sometimes, the local law doesn't stand up. A recent example: Oberlin banned guns in parks. State law allows them. Oberlin bowed to legal threats and changed its law. Join host Mike McIntyre for a discussion about home rule, how it’s applied and where it doesn't, tomorrow at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.


Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics


Sharon Soucy, Oberlin City Council Vice President
Tom Suddes, Journalism Professor, Ohio University and Plain Dealer columnist
Jonathan Entin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Case Western Reserve University
John Spon, Law Director, Mansfield

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Guns are allowed in Oberlin parks, reluctant city officials decides

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