Ohio lawmakers vote to create Jesse Owens Day, honor Superman and name official state pet

What do the barn, a shelter pet and St. Albert the Great have in common?

Not much, but all three are getting recognition from state lawmakers in Senate Bill 86, a catch-all for specialty license plates, memorial names for bridges and highways and special designations.

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The bill consolidates a slew of bills to make special designations: Sept. 12 as Jesse Owens Day, Jan. 30 as chronic traumatic encephalopathy day, the first Saturday of May as veterans suicide awareness day and June 12 as Superman Day to recognize Ohio as the birthplace of the superhero.

The bill cleared the Ohio House on a 92-0 vote Wednesday and now goes back to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

Under the bill, the ‘shelter pet’ will be the state’s official pet. (This isn’t to be confused with another bill that calls for naming the Labrador retriever the official state dog.)

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If Senate Bill 86 becomes law, the barn will become the official state historical architectural structure and John Glenn's childhood home in New Concord will be a historic site. It will also call for the honorary renaming of three bridges and 16 roadways, including a portion of State Route 4 in Butler County after firefighter/paramedic Patrick Wolterman and a portion State Route 55 in Miami County after U.S. Marine Marc L. Cole.

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It also creates a dozen more specialty license plates, including ones to benefit Girls on the Run, Stop Bullying and the St. Albert the Great School. The state of Ohio already offers nearly 300 specialty plates with the extra fees motorists pay for them going toward various educational or civic causes.

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