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Noon news headlines for December 7, 2012
Gas tax ruled unconstitutional; Auto salvage bill could cost jobs; Family of tasered man sues
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Kabir Bhatia
 
  • Gas tax ruled unconstitutional
  • Auto salvage bill could cost jobs
  • Family of tasered man sues
  • Gas tax ruled unconstitutional
    The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that applying the state's updated business tax to gasoline sales is unconstitutional.

    The court says the tax wrongly diverts $140 million a year from fuel sales to non-roadwork accounts for schools and cities.

    Builders, contractors, construction companies and engineers had sued over the tax, claiming that Ohio voters have repeatedly rejected the notion of diverting taxes raised from fuel sales to non-road work.

    The debate doesn't involve the 28-cent state gasoline tax, whose revenues are distributed automatically to the state, counties and local governments for road work.

    The state argued that the tax is not on gasoline itself, but on companies that make money selling fuel. 


    Auto salvage bill could cost jobs
    Ohio's salvage industry says proposed state legislation that would open the auto salvage auction market to unlicensed buyers could cost up to 2,500 jobs and eliminate consumer protections.
    Proponents of Senate Bill 273 include the insurance industry and auto auctioneers. They say it would reduce insurance rates in the state by making the market more competitive.
    Ohio currently requires an ID card to purchase one of the more than 100,000 cars a year deemed totalled by insurance companies. Licensed dealers in Ohio and 21 other states can apply for the cards.
    The Springfield New-Sun reports that insurance companies in other states can sell salvage vehicles to anyone via online auctions with less regulation.
    Opponents protested this week outside a hearing of the House committee considering the legislation.

    Family of tasered man sues
    Court documents are revealing new details in the case of an unarmed, mentally ill Ohio man who died during a confrontation with police after they stunned him seven times with a Taser.

    The documents show that 39-year-old Doug Boucher of Mason was stunned seven times, kicked and repeatedly hit with a baton on Dec. 13, 2009, all mostly after he had fallen face-first onto cement and had stopped moving.

    Now lawyers for Boucher's parents and the police department are preparing to square off in federal court in Cincinnati on Jan. 10.

    The department is pushing for the case to be dropped.

    Boucher's parents want their lawsuit against police alleging excessive force and unreasonable seizure to move forward to a jury trial in February.
    Listener Comments:

    There has seemingly been quite a bit in the news
    lately about situations where police have been
    exercising way too much force in subduing folks
    doing negative things. It should be a refresher
    point in their on-going training on the doctrine
    of proper escalation of steps involved in using
    force to subdue. Too many instances of fatalities
    resulting especially when the 'suspects' are un-
    armed. The police should be held accountable for
    their actions. We as citizens are!


    Posted by: Yar Mag (Akron) on December 11, 2012 8:12AM
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