Ohio bill to regulate exotic animals not yet ready

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio lawmaker's proposal to regulate exotic animals in the state is not ready for introduction this week.

Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson of Zanesville sent a letter to fellow senators last week, asking them to support his bill. He planned to introduce it Tuesday.

But Balderson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that parts of the legislation are still being drafted. He says legislating on a "knee-jerk reaction" is unwise, and that he does not want to introduce an unpolished bill.

Efforts to strengthen the state's law took on new urgency in October when authorities were forced to kill 48 wild animals -- including endangered Bengal tigers -- after their owner freed them from his Zanesville farm and committed suicide.

There is no new timetable for the bill.