The Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association will announce "court action initiated to overturn Ohio Senate Bill 331" in a news conference Monday, March 20, according to a March 17 press release from the group.

Senate Bill 331 was introduced in May 2016 and originally received support from Chillicothe-based Petland because it would overrule city-level laws attempting to specify where pet stores could purchase puppies.

By the time the bill was signed into law in December by Gov. John Kasich, it also included an amendment that gave utility companies full rein to install "small-cell wireless" nodes to such structures as street signs and traffic lights within cities' public rights of way.

The small-cell wireless portion of the bill was what concerned many municipalities, many of which have pledged support to legal action against the bill.

According to the release, COMMA, as the group is known, described SB 331 as "legislation COMMA believes violates the Ohio Constitution and threatens the principle of home rule."

Communities that are COMMA members include Bexley, Canal Winchester, Columbus, Delaware, Dublin, Gahanna, Grandview Heights, Grove City, Hilliard, New Albany, Pickerington, Powell, Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington, Westerville, Whitehall and Worthington.

Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler serves as COMMA’s chairman and will be joined at the March 20 press conference by representatives from Dublin, Upper Arlington, Westerville and Worthington.

According to the release, representatives from the Greater Dayton Mayors and Managers Association also will be present.

Check for updates and read the March 23 edition of ThisWeek.