Nearly each Autumn, an out-of-state special interest group submits signatures to place a measure on the November ballot. Hoping to prevent one in 2010 from the Humane Society of the United States, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and similar organizations will go before Ohio voters this November.

The topic at hand is livestock care. The measure would create a 13-member board of farmers and veterinarians to oversee the rules, regulations and animal-care standards. Paul Shapiro of the HSUS said no plans have been made for an initiative in the Buckeye State but it is being considered. The group, which is not affiliated with the Humane Society of Allen County, has pursued animal-care legislation in six other states and agriculture leaders in Ohio would rather the matter be determined by Ohio residents.

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