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Ohio Statehouse Bare Feet Ban Upheld

COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) — An Ohio legislative panel blocked an effort to bar a forthcoming Statehouse ban on visitors with bare feet.

The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review voted 8-2 against a motion by state Sen. Michael Skindell, D-Lakewood, to invalidate the rule, which was passed by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and could take effect as early as March 23, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Larry Wolpert, the committee’s executive director, said Skindell objected to the rule because he believed it “didn’t match legislative intent.”

Gregg Dodd, spokesman for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, said the rule was drafted due to public safety concerns. The rule states visitors to the Statehouse must wear “shoes or comparable footwear.”

Bob Neinast, 57, of Pickerington attended the meeting Friday in bare feet as a sign of support for the effort to bar the rule.


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