There was a story in yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch that Gregg Dodd is leaving his job as communications director for the Statehouse.
I’m afraid it was amusing, and, from my point of view, quite ironic.
You all may recall that on March 22, 2012, the day that the barefoot ban went into effect at the Statehouse, I wrote a letter to them asking for a perpetual waiver, citing my testimony about how my going barefooted helps my knees, etc..
Today, 2 and a half weeks later, I finally got a reply from them.
The meeting notes from the Ohio legislative committee that had a chance to overturn their new shoe rule (but didn’t) are now available, here. They don’t release them until they are officially approved by the next meeting of the committee.
I thought I’d go over them with my recollections.
As a result of my Statehouse story appearing in the Columbus Dispatch on Thursday, I was contacted by the producer of the Ross and Burbank radio show in Seattle, WA. They are a CBS affiliate, and seemed to be quite serious and willing to listen, so I talked to them.
It was a pretty good interview.
When we last left our Statehouse saga, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board enacted a new and improved shoe rule, making just a few small modifications to what they had proposed before. You can see my write-up about that here, in Statehouse Approves Shoe Rule — Again.
That rule must now be approved by JCARR.
It is always interesting to read some of the comments that other people make to the newspaper stories about governments attempting to make footwear rules. Ofttimes they will be pretty supportive, or at least make sense.
But sometimes it brings out those with a strong authoritarian mindset.